2020 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2020 BMW 7-Series
Brian León Brian León Contributing Writer

The BMW 7-Series is most often compared to the Mercedes-Benz S Class and Audi A8, which both offer their view of stately luxury.

The S-Class has a timeless style and attractive shape that’s more expressive than the 7-Series.

The Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ are on the outside looking in: Both offer impressive tech and refinement, but lack brand cachet.

The A8 is loaded with more tech, and newer, but doesn’t offer a wide menu of powertrains—for now.

The Porsche Panamera is the enthusiast pick; top trims offer more speed, power, and performance.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 BMW 7-Series has a much bigger grille, but behind it is a posh, powerful, thirsty luxury sedan that’s loaded with tech.
The 2020 Audi A8 is a futuristic flagship that raises the bar with its high-tech features.
The 2020 Lexus LS is a throwback cruiser with edgy, space-age looks, though the hybrid version is unbeatable as a road-tripper.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for large luxury sedans.
It’s expensive, but the Porsche Panamera proves that old saw about getting what you pay for.
The 2019 Jaguar XJ echoes British luxury sedans of yore, with big supercharged engines, a somewhat gaudy interior, and loads of elegant style.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
740i Sedan55 TFSI quattroLS 500 RWDS 450 SedanRWDXJ R-Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro LWB SedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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