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.
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).
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.