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.
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2020 BMW 7-Series Overview
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.
2020 BMW 7-Series Review
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1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
- High-end and -tech interior
- Variety of powertrains
- Pleasant ride
- 745e has small range
- Incredibly pricey options
- Styling won't appeal to everyone
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.
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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