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2020 740i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $86,450
2020 740i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $89,450
2020 745e xDrive iPerformance 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $95,550
2020 750i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $102,650
2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $142,800
2020 M760i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $157,700


The 2020 BMW 7-Series has undergone a major refresh, bringing updated styling, new technology, and a wide variety of powertrain options. The big sedan is luxurious enough that you wouldn't be faulted for hiring someone to drive you around while you sit in the back, but this is one of the best driving luxury vehicles available.

What's New for 2020

While it's still using the same underpinnings as the 2018 model, the 2020 BMW 7-Series has had a huge face-lift. It now sports new styling details across nearly the entire car, the most noticeable being the much larger kidney grille. The interior has also been updated, including a new instrument cluster, improved sound deadening, and trim materials. Additionally, the 750i model has a new V8 engine with 80 more horsepower, while the plug-in hybrid 745e model now features a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine instead of the previous turbo four-cylinder found on the outgoing model.

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Choosing Your BMW 7-Series

Like most BMW models, navigating the options and trim levels of the 7-Series is anything but clear. There are five powertrain options and two Designs that define the 7-Series, in addition to a plethora of packages and standalone options that are available on each model.

The first choice prospective buyers must make is what powertrain package they would like, as we've detailed below under each trim level. These include the: 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i xDrive, M760i xDrive, and 745e xDrive.

Regardless of what model you choose, the 7-Series is equipped with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that offers improved efficiency and performance from all engines in the lineup. These trims are mostly differentiated by their engine choice, with most options and packages available across the lineup.

Once you've chosen your powertrain, you must choose what Design you would like. All 7-Series models have the choice of either the Luxury or M Sport Design, with the exception of the M760i xDrive where the M Sport is standard. The Luxury is standard everywhere else, while the M-Sport is available for an extra $3,400 (only $3,000 on 750i xDrive). The M-Sport offers a sportier interior and exterior style with an aerodynamic body kit, a sport steering wheel, and unique interior features.

All 7-Series models come with a wide range of standard equipment that includes adaptive LED headlights, Dakota leather upholstery (Nappa leather in the high end models), wireless charging, an adaptive air suspension, parking assistance, and BMW's Active Driving Assistant, which combines low speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and collision warnings, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limit info, and rear collision preparation systems.

However, BMW also offers so much more. Besides the 15 leather options and nine interior trim options that allow you to customize your interior to be exactly what you want, the 7-Series has a variety of packages available across the board.

The Cold Weather Package ($750) adds remote engine start, front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seat armrests. The Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) brings adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, automatic lane change, evasion aid, and traffic jam assist, while the Interior Design Package ($1,800) adds Alcantara headliner, wood trim to the grab handles, rear seat belt covers, luxury rear floor mats, and a rear center armrest.

The Executive Package ($2,500) includes a panoramic LED moonroof, front ventilated seats, and black ceramic finishes to various interior controls. The Premium Package ($3,000) includes a head-up display and power rear sunshades.

Finally, the Luxury Rear Seating Package ($3,900) is perfect for those who expect to be driven around. It adds multi-adjustable rear seats with ventilation and massage functionality, a heated steering wheel, front and rear heated seats, and front and rear heated armrests. Rear passengers can also control the rear climate, lighting, audio, and the seat functions.

Notable standalone options not included in packages include the Ambient Air Package ($350) that fills the car with ionized scented air, adaptive LED headlights with BMW's Laserlight technology ($1,000), a night vision system with pedestrian detection ($2,300), and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound audio system ($3,400).


The entry level 7-Series is the 740i, which starts at $87,445 (all prices include a $995 destination charge), or $90,445 for the 740i xDrive (xDrive is BMW's way of saying all-wheel drive). The 740i is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that puts out 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This set-up returns an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 combined, or 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.

BMW's xDrive system make the 740i noticeably quicker due to the extra traction. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which bests the 5.3-second time of rear-wheel-drive 740i models.

In addition to the aforementioned packages, the Autobahn Package ($4,100) is available that maximizes the experience for the driver. It adds an active steering system and an active comfort driving system that improve vehicle dynamics and comfort. Its electromechanical stabilization system and camera allows it to proactively adjust to road irregularities to keep the car straight and level.

745e xDrive

If you'd rather have your 7-Series sip gas instead of guzzle it, BMW has you covered with the $96,545 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid model. The 745e combines a more economically-tuned version of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six from the 740i with a plug-in hybrid system for a combined output of 389 hp. The 745e gets an EPA-estimated 16 miles of all-electric range, 290 miles of total range, and 56 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) combined). The Cold Weather Package only costs $500 on this model, while the Autobahn Package isn't available.

750i xDrive

Those in search of more power will find it with the 750i xDrive, which is only available with all-wheel drive and starts at $103,645. This model packs a new 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that puts out a healthy 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, which allows the big sedan to get from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Fuel economy checks in at 17/25/20 mpg.

On this model, the Autobahn Package is back but the Premium Package isn't available. Additionally, the Executive Package costs $3,900 here because it adds the power rear sunshades and massaging functionality to the front seats.

If you want to be coddled in the rear seats while someone else drives, the newly-available Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package ($5,750) is for you. This turns the back seat into an experience that approximates that of a private jet, adding power rear seats, power footrests, a unique rear center console with a foldable table, and a rear seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens on the front seat backs and a Blu-ray player.

M760i xDrive

While the V8 already offers a ton of power, those who want something truly special under the hood will be satisfied with the top-of-the-line M760i xDrive. For a mere $158,695, the M760i xDrive sports a buttery smooth 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 with 600 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The zero-to-60 mph is just 3.6 seconds and the engine isn't rated by the EPA, but the experience surrounding the V12 is about more than the numbers.

The option packages for the M760i xDrive are pared down because the car comes with more standard features than the rest of the lineup. Only the Driving Assistance Professional Package, Luxury Rear Seating Package (only $1,800 here), and Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package are available.

CarsDirect Tip

Whether you'd like to drive or be driven, the 750i xDrive offers the best of both worlds in the 2020 BMW 7-Series lineup. The Rear Executive Lounge Lounge Seating Package isn't available on the 740i and 745e models, and the thrill of the V8 is hard to pass up. Although wonderful, the M760i xDrive is overkill in most circumstances, making the 750i just right for many people.

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Expert Review

  • High-end and -tech interior
  • Variety of powertrains
  • Pleasant ride
  • 745e has small range
  • Incredibly pricey options
  • Styling won't appeal to everyone
Expert Rating
3.9 (Good)

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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Supremely comfortable and upscale. The 2020 BMW 7-Series has been updated with even nicer features on the inside.

Regardless of where you look and what you touch, the 7-Series features upscale materials and exquisite fit and finish. There’s very little plastic throughout the cabin, as BMW stuffed the interior with real leather, metal, wood, and soft-touch synthetic materials.

Standard features are befitting the large sedan segment. Four-zone climate control, 20-way front seats, heated front seats, and a panoramic moonroof are all standard. Higher trims and available packages up the ante with massaging seats, electric reclining rear seats and footrests, and ventilated front seats

High-tech gadget. Beyond being a luxury option, the 7-Series is a high-tech machine. The base trim comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and wireless smartphone charging.

The 7-Series also comes with standard gesture control, which allows passengers to interact with the infotainment system by waving their hands in front of the screen. BMW is one of the few automakers that that has wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, too.

Then, there is the 7-Series’ list of safety features. It comes with all of the latest driver-assist features, most of which are standard. On top of that, the sedan is available with remote control parking, a recorder that captures video when activated, and Traffic Jam Assist that can handle a lot of the aspects of driving.

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Performance for all budgets. The 7-Series is available with five different powertrains. Performance ranges from surprisingly quick to sports car level.

The base engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder that’s rated at 335 horsepower. With rear-wheel drive, which is only available with this engine, it can propel the 7-Series to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

The next step up is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 523 hp. With all-wheel drive, the V8 is good for a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds.

Then, there are the serious performers. The M760i xDrive is powered by a 6.6-liter turbo V12 that’s rated at 600 hp. The 0-60 mph time drops to just 3.6 seconds. At the top of the 7-Series rung sits the Alpina B7 xDrive. It features a twin-turbo V8 that produces 600 hp and features a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time. It also endows the highest top speed of 205 mph.

If you want decent fuel economy with your 7-Series, BMW offers the 745e xDrive trim that comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six with an electric motor. Combined output is 389 hp and it has an all-electric range of 16 miles, according to the EPA.

Regardless of what powertrain you end up with, the 7-Series is an adept highway cruiser. While it's more than capable around a corner than its size lets on, it’s much happier eating miles on the open road and traveling at high speeds in a straight line.

Bold, yet controversial styling. The 7-Series is the largest and most opulent sedan BMW sells. For 2020, BMW updated its exterior styling to fit in with the X7 SUV.

While the previous 7-Series had an understated look that would help it fly under the radar, the new version is easy to spot with its oversized kidney grille. That giant grille clashes with slim headlights and takes away from the rest of its silhouette, which is handsome.

The 7-Series’ rear end also gets a makeover, now featuring restyled taillights that are connected by a slim light bar on the trunk. The back is more civilized compared to the front, making it the car's better angle in our opinion.

Final thoughts. For consumers yearning for a large luxury sedan that has all of the latest technology, some of the most high-end materials, and blistering performance, the 2020 BMW 7-Series hits all of the right notes. It has a larger trunk than other options in the class, too, if that sort of thing matters to you.

We don’t have a lot to complain about except for the massive grille. It ruins the way it looks and dominates the conversation. The pricey packages are also disheartening to see.

Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8. The S-Class continues to be the benchmark for the segment, having a better design than the 7-Series, a more appealing cabin, and roughly the same performance, but not as many high-tech features.

The Audi A8 isn’t as performance-oriented as the 7-Series and has a cabin that’s slightly not as comfortable. It doesn’t have the same amount of standard features, either.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD
Available: 8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
20.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
18.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
207.4 "
Exterior Width
74.9 "
Exterior Height
58.2 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
38.9 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
44.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,244 Lbs.
Wheel Base
126 "
Turning Radius
21.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored With Chrome Insert / Body-colored With Black Insert / Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Dakota Leather / Nappa Leather / Merino Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench / Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
16 Harman/kardon / 16 Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front / Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Active Lane Keeping Assistant Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Extended Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist / Traffic Jam Assistant W/automatic Lane Change Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
City Collision Mitigation Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parking Assistant Plus Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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