It feels odd to talk about value for a car whose buyers will largely sit in the back, but here we are. Most 7-Series models bear the base engine, a 3.0-liter unit producing a more-than-adequate 320 horsepower, and we think that’s a good thing. The 740e’s hybrid powertrain boosts efficiency, but not by enough to justify the 500-pound weight penalty. And while the 760i’s fire-breathing V12 is mighty, the 7-Series doesn’t seem like the type to get in drag races.
The 740i it is then, preferably with BMW’s xDrive system for all-weather capability. The car is high-tech and sumptuous from the get go – leather upholstery, Harmon Kardon audio, automatic four-zone climate control, a WiFi hotspot, and gesture control. The Cold Weather Package is a good addition (heated seats not being standard is a surprise), as is the Driving Assistance Plus Package for the full suite of safety technology. We’d call it a day at that point, but if you felt the need for more luxury you could take the money you saved and put it into either the Executive Package (if you sit in the front) or the Luxury Rear Seating Package (if you sit in the rear).
We’d build our 7-Series like so:
- Model: 2018 BMW 740i xDrive
- Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder
- Output: 320 hp / 332 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- Fuel economy: 20 City / 29 Hwy
- Options: Cold Weather Package ($400, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats), Driver Assistance Plus Package ($1,700, lane keeping assist, cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control), Driver Assistance Package ($1,700, head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning), Executive Package ($3,300, front ventilated seats, multi-contour seats, Nappa leather finish, ceramic controls, power rear sunshade and rear side window shades)
- Base Price: $87,095 (including the $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $94,195