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BMW 7-Series Saloon review

2015 - 2022 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 54.3
” An engaging driver’s car in a limousine world “

At a glance

Price new £63,865 - £159,370
Used prices £11,556 - £73,945
Road tax cost £0 - £695
Insurance group 44 - 50
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Fuel economy 20.9 - 51.4 mpg
Range 377 - 961 miles
Miles per pound 3.1 - 6.6
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Available fuel types




Pros & cons

  • High-tech cabin
  • Great to drive
  • Refined plug-in hybrid model
  • Challenging front grille
  • Less rear space than some rivals
  • Expensive options

Written by Adam Binnie Published: 21 April 2022 Updated: 25 April 2022


The BMW 7 Series is the flagship of the Bavarian manufacturer’s fleet, showcasing the cutting-edge technology this fabled brand’s engineers are capable of producing. But it has a more pressing job to do, and that’s to provide all the classic BMW saloon car traits in a high-luxury four-door shape that’s ideal for long-distance motorway journeys.

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Like a less expensive and less exciting private jet, it has to convey its occupants in comfort and at speed, leaving them refreshed and ready to work or play when they reach their destination. But that puts the 7 Series in the sights of its compatriots and closest rivals: the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Like the BMW. they’re constantly striving to be the best luxury cars on the market, and they have traditionally managed to keep the 7 Series behind. But the current 7 Series is different, and although it offers a more driver-focused attitude to its competitors, it takes the fight to them in every aspect.

To help the 7 Series keep pace, the car was facelifted in 2019, gaining a divisive new front end, updated tech and some fresh engines. Chief among these is a tempting six-cylinder plug-in hybrid that promises silky refinement whether the engine is running or not.

Over the coming pages we’ll thoroughly review every aspect of the BMW 7 Series and rate them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and how much it’ll cost to run.