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.