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2021 740i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $86,800
2021 740i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $89,800
2021 745e xDrive iPerformance 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $95,900
2021 750i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $103,000
2021 ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $143,200
2021 M760i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $157,800
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What's New

After going through a major refresh last year, the 2021 BMW 7-Series enters the new model year without any significant changes. That shouldn’t be an issue, since last year's changes made the large luxury sedan more than opulent enough for the majority of consumers.

Furthermore, the 7-Series still exudes all of the same upscale features and designs that make it an excellent option to be used as a chauffeur vehicle. Whether you’re sitting in the back and getting driven around or doing the driving yourself, the 7-Series’ silent ride, stately performance, and high-end features are sure to impress.

Choosing Your BMW 7-Series

There are five BMW 7-Series trim levels to choose from: 740i, 745e, 750i, Alpina B7, and M760i. The 745e is a plug-in hybrid, while the rest of the lineup are gas-only models. Prices start at $87,795 including destination for the 740i and go up to $160,495 for the M760i.

Engine Choices

BMW offers five different engine options for the 7-Series, one for each trim level.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder740i335 hp331 lb-ft25 mpg
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid740e389 hp443 lb-ft22 mpg (56 MPGe)
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8750i523 hp553 lb-ft19 mpg
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8Alpina B7600 hp590 lb-ft19 mpg
6.6L Twin-Turbo V12M760i601 hp627 lb-ft16 mpg

Every powertrain is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 740i comes standard with rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive ("xDrive," in BMW parlance) available for $3,000. The rest of the lineup comes standard with AWD.

The standard turbocharged six-cylinder engine should be plenty powerful for the majority of owners, though the twin-turbo V8 options raise the performance level of the 7-Series without a massive hit in fuel economy.

If you’re really looking for a somewhat efficient sedan, the 745e is impressive. It adds an 111-horsepower electric motor and 12-kWh lithium ion battery to the standard engine, allowing it to cover 17 miles on electricity.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All 7-Series sedans can seat up to five passengers. The gas-powered variants offer up 18.2 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, one of the largest in the class. The 745e has a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk because of its battery pack.

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Safety Features

For a vehicle with a starting price tag above $87,000, the 7-Series comes with all sorts of standard safety features.

A surround-view camera system, parking sensors, automatic high beams, and adaptive LED headlights are standard. BMW’s Active Driving Assistant suite is also included, bringing forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

The Alpina B7 model brings standard adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and traffic jam assist.

On the other four trims, the available Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic lane changing, front cross-traffic alert, and traffic jam assist. Remote control parking with the sedan’s key fob is available for an additional $850 on all but the 745e.


The 7-Series comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that includes Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, navigation, satellite radio, and HD radio. The system can be controlled via touch or through gesture control.

Also standard are wi-fi hot spot capability, two USB ports, wireless device charging, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a 12.3-inch digital driver information display.

The Alpina and M760i get a standard head-up display. It's available on the other trims through the $3,000 Premium Package.

A Bowers and Wilkins surround-sound audio system is available for $3,400 as a standalone option. A rear-seat entertainment system that adds two 10-inch screens on the front seat backs and a Blu-ray player is an extra $2,700.

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740i - From $87,795

The base 740i comes handsomely equipped with Dakota leather upholstery, 20-way power front seats, heated front seats, heated armrests, a panoramic moonroof, a heated and power steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, soft-close doors, wood trim, remote start, and keyless entry.

Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, power and heated exterior mirrors, a hands-free trunk, a self-leveling air suspension, adaptive dampers, LED headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Premium Package ($3,000) brings Nappa leather upholstery, a power rear sunshade, rear side window shades, and a head-up display. Ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped dashboard, ceramic controls, and a panoramic roof are available through the Executive Package ($2,500).

745e - From $96,895

The 745e model adds the plug-in hybrid powertrain, all-wheel drive, a 3.7-kW AC charging system, and a charging cable. Otherwise, it can be had with the same optional packages as the 740i.

750i - From $103,995

Powered by the 523-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, the 750i also adds 19-inch wheels and Nappa leather seating over the lower trims.

The Luxury Rear Seating Package ($3,900) adds ventilation, heating, power-adjustability, and massage functionality to the rear seats. Ventilated front seats ($500) are required with the package.

Alpina B7 - From $144,195

The Alpina B7 comes with the more powerful twin-turbo V8 engine, 20-inch wheels, a unique exhaust system with quad tailpipes. A unique body kit, sport suspension, damper control system, and adaptive driving system are also included.

On the inside, it adds unique black trim, a head-up display, heated rear seats, and ventilated rear seats, alongside various Alpina badges.

M760i - From $160,495

The range-topping M760i is powered by the V12 engine and comes with an M sport exhaust system, unique 20-inch wheels, an increased top speed, an aerodyanmic body kit, and an M rear spoiler. Unique to the inside is an Alcantara headliner, an M sport steering wheel, an infrared windshield, and climate control laminated glass.

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CarsDirect Tip

Unless you’re the CEO of a company or recently won the lottery, we recommend sticking with the 750i in the 2021 BMW 7-Series lineup. You’ll feel like a million bucks in the vehicle, especially with the Luxury Rear Seating Package. The performance of the V8 engine is more impressive than the base inline-six and is well worth the upgrade.

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Expert Review

  • Commanding presence
  • Huge interior
  • Luxurious powertrains
  • Lavish options
  • Gets expensive quick
  • Controversial front end
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Imposing sedan. Sedans have lost market dominance to SUVs and crossovers - just a trip to the market makes that clear enough. But old money is always last to jump on the latest bandwagon. Perhaps that's why old-school, full-size luxury sedans from the poshest of the popular luxury marques still have a loyal following: pull up anywhere in a flagship sedan like the 2021 BMW 7-Series and you'll be shown serious respect.

It's more than just the sheer size that impresses onlookers, though the 7-Series does measure an imperious 207 inches long on a 126-inch wheelbase - that's about as long as a Chevrolet Tahoe, for reference. The big 7 connotes financial and social success. It oozes tradition and sophistication, from its formal silhouette to its understated detailing.

The only stylistic aspect that might arouse contention is the big grille, which has increased in size to rather inelegant proportions. We're sure we'll warm to it, but it isn't as classy as that of the Audi A8 or Mercedes S-Class.

Coddling interior. Yes, it's a trope to call a car of this sort coddling. But we'd be lying if we said otherwise. The interior of the 7-Series is worthy of every cliché in the book: isolation chamber, cocoon, private jet, etc. The 7-Series is truly that grand and sumptuous. It forgets nothing in its quest for comfort and luxury and indulgence.

Just consider the base model, which is "base" only by technicality. It comes standard with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heated armrest. It gets a 10.3-inch touchscreen with navigation and Apple CarPlay compatibility - but, strangely enough, no Android Auto. Dakota leather upholstery and power seats are also included.

Of course, everything is built to a standard that exceeds anything else manufactured at volume. Everything is knitted together with satisfying precision, and the materials employed do justice to the steep asking prices of the various 7-Series trims. Actuating a switch or twisting the iDrive rotary dial is a tactile delight.

With such impressive dimensions, the 7-Series allows ample room for passengers and cargo. In the rear, a full 44.4 inches of legroom is available - that's about 2 inches more than the S-Class and a minuscule 0.1 inches more than the A8. It also trumps pretty much any other passenger vehicle currently on the market.

In the trunk, there's 18 cubic feet of cargo space, another class-leading figure. Most other sedans cap out at 16 cubic feet.

Extensive option packages. As it stands, the 7-Series is exceedingly nice. But the real joy of this sedan is found in its upper registers, where BMW offers luxuries that border on excessive. Unlike, say, the S-Class, however, the 7-Series is less heavy on the gimmicks and more focused on appreciable luxuries.

Case in point: the Luxury Rear Seating Package. It costs nearly $4,000, but that money buys power-adjustable heated rear seats and a full complement of rear climate and audio controls. It's designed for those who prefer to be chauffeured.

We'd complement that with the available, $3,400 16-speaker Bowers and Wilkens surround-sound stereo. With 1,400 watts behind it, the system is bound to satisfy even the most discerning audiophile. For the rest of us, we'll be awed by the deep bass notes and crisp, precise treble. Unlike inferior stereos, the highs and lows both come in with startling clarity, even with the volume cranked up. It doesn't matter whether the speakers are sounding Bach or Bruno Mars: the experience is equally stunning.

As expected, there are a few more questionable upgrades on the options sheet as well. For instance, BMW asking $3,000 for a head-up display and power rear sunshades. Nice features to have, sure, but not at that price point. We'd be more inclined to pay half that. Ditto for the $1,800 Interior Design package, which comes with wood-trimmed door pulls, luxury rear floor mats, a rear center console, and an Alcantara headliner. We're just not seeing the value there.

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Lusty powertrains. The best part of the 7-Series experience is driving it. Unlike other big sedans, the 7-Series features numerous powertrain options, ranging from the base inline-six to a creamy V-12, the latter a segment-exclusive if you don't count the big, rarified Rolls-Royces. Spoiler alert: every engine is superlative.

Yes, that applies to even the base turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the 740i. With 335 horsepower, it might sound a bit weak-chested for a flagship sedan, but the mighty six has no issue motivating the big sedan up to speed. It helps that the turbo delivers all 330 lb-ft of torque before 2,000 rpm.

Our favorite is the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. With 523 horsepower being delivered to all four wheels, the 750i does 0-60 mph in about four seconds flat. There's nothing bad to say about this engine: it is unflappable, unperturbed, and breathlessly fast. In other words, the perfect complement to a sedan of this caliber.

If a twin-turbo V-8 sounds far too pedestrian for your tastes, you're in luck: BMW still offers the 7-Series with a 6.6-liter V-12. The numbers - 616 horsepower, 3.6 seconds to 60 mph - don't do this engine justice. It needs to be experienced in all its smoothness. It is the very definition of intangible luxury, the sort of experience that is remembered long after the price and specifics are forgotten. Maybe that's why BMW can get away with charging $160,000 for one.

There's also a B7 Alpina model, but we wonder why it's offered to begin with. A car of this sort is all about untrammeled elegance. Speed is not so important as refinement and exclusivity. Power is critical, but so is its delivery. This is not a car for juveniles. Odds are, buyers have a fun sports car in the stable anyhow. For all that, the point of the hot-rod B7 is lost on us. We think money is better spent on any of the other aforementioned powertrains.

Final thoughts. The 7-Series is an excellent car in a segment where excellence is the bare minimum. High points for us include the powertrains - oh, how that V-12 calls to us - and the lavish, roomy cabin. We only wish the big grille wasn't so obnoxious.

Overall, the 7-Series brings some stiff competition to the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8. Not to say the BMW isn't on defense, what with a new S-Class due out for 2022. The Mercedes has long been the standard-bearer for the segment, and we're sure BMW is busy behind the scenes readying their defense. For now, the 2021 7-Series remains a compelling alternative to the glitzy Benz and stoic Audi.

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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 / Matte 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 / Lane Keeping Assistant With Side Collision Avoidance Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Extended Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on 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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