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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
Quick Take
Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio. Read more »
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Takes what was right about its predecessor-its stunning proportions-and rids it of the ugly details

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its style still polarizes

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The most luxurious-feeling interior yet from BMW

Motor Trend »

Handsome, spacious interior.

Edmunds »

Stately, substantial and with a hint of aggression.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$70,650 $137,300
4-Door Sedan RWD 740i
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Turbocharged Gas I6, 3.0L
EPA Class Large
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

The year 2009 brought the newest edition of the bigger Bimmer--and in this, its fifth turn around the block, the player from Munich neatly reverses the styling miscues applied under the old regime, which makes today's 7-Series one of the best-conceived big sedans Bavaria's ever brewed.

The awkward proportions and surfaces of the 2002-2008 model are gone, and performance is better than ever, too. The quintessential BMW driving feel remains intact, despite a horde of new electronic interventions and a big uptick in size. There's a version, practically, for anyone well-funded enough to lay down a minimum of $70,000 for a four-door sedan. The in-line six versions are sprightly enough; the twin-turbo V-8s are thrusty joys to drive. The V-12 may be overkill for anyone who can't afford one--and the new Hybrid, a first important step into new technology that could use some smoothing over.

Cavernous interior room comes with either the short-wheelbase 7er. Long-wheelbase cars have chauffeur-style room for front and rear-seat passengers. Safety ratings are still on hold, but other features overflow the order sheet--everything from DVD changers to night vision to custom wood and leather trim.

With a base price above $72,000 in the 740i, climbing to more than $135,000 for the 760Li, there's a vast gulf in the 7-Series lineup that leaves lots of wiggle room for the justifications and rationalizations you'll want to make. In that range, the 7-Series' competition includes the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS; Porsche Panamera; possibly even the Aston Martin Rapide, if you're willing to sacrifice a lot for beauty.


  • An aesthetic high-five
  • Startling power, even with six-cylinder versions
  • Handling's pretty sharp for such a wide, long car
  • That huge back seat
  • Your choice of nine different models


  • The electronic gadgets can feel overwhelming
  • BMW's iDrive system's getting better--but have you tried MyFord Touch?
  • ActiveHybrid 7 has too much regen baked in at low speeds
  • Is the V-12 worth it?
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