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BMW 7-Series review

2022 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 54.4
” BMW’s bold, technology-laden executive car is a plug-in hybrid only in the UK “

At a glance

Price new £105,510 - £144,185
Used prices £66,616 - £110,853
Road tax cost £590
Insurance group 50
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Fuel economy 33.2 - 35.3 mpg
Miles per pound 4.9 - 5.2
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Available fuel types

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Pros & cons

  • Truly impressive interior design and quality
  • Innovative technology sets it apart
  • PHEVs capable of 50 miles on battery power
  • Design is very divisive
  • No standard petrol or diesel engine choices
  • It's not exactly small

Written by CJ Hubbard Published: 22 April 2022 Updated: 13 November 2023


The BMW 7 Series is a total reinvention of the German company’s flagship car. Gone are the days of conservative design and reserved road presence, BMW thinks its new-generation car will attract those looking for ultimate luxury and cutting-edge technology, and we agree – making it our Best Luxury Car in the Parkers New Car Awards 2024.

It’s a bold design, with a large central grille and split headlights at the front, and the option to specify two-tone paint colour schemes. The brand has even confirmed you can add wheel designs that look very much like those you see on the latest M3 and M4. It’s sold alongside a pure-electric version called the BMW i7 and is available as a plug-in hybrid only.

Given its size and price, the new 7 Series is aimed squarely at the Mercedes-S-Class saloon, as well as the Audi A8 and Bentley Flying Spur. We think its biggest rival, the Mercedes, will be shaking in its boots right now, as the BMW offers technology not seen anywhere else.

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The BMW’s all-digital dashboard isn’t as intimidating to use as it appears at first sight.

What’s it like inside?

It’s very much a luxury car inside. The design has taken inspiration from the iX electric SUV, with a two-spoke steering wheel and crystal elements dotted around including the seat adjustment switches and rotary controller on the centre console.

There’s a huge curved display that integrates a 12.3-inch driver display and 14.9-inch central touchscreen, and the dashboard is dominated by something called the ‘Interaction Bar’, a backlit panel with a glass effect to it that houses some of the few remaining physical (and we’re loathe to call them that; they’re technically haptic) switches.

The ambient lighting can change colour depending on your own preference and drive mode, as well as show animations; the central area flashes when you’re being called, for example.

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Excellent comfort and forward visibility offered here.

Technology like an optional Bowers and Wilkins diamond audio system, automatic doors that open and close with just a button press and an ‘executive lounge’ rear seat arrangement that allows for passengers to truly recline in the rear are all available. But the 7-series party piece is the ‘Theatre Screen’.

The ‘Theatre Screen’ is essentially your own private cinema for the rear seats and it’ll be an option (and likely a very expensive one). The system comprises a huge 31.3-inch 8K display that folds down from the ceiling, and incorporates Amazon Fire TV that allows you to stream content from it for your own entertainment.

Included in the package are small touch panels in the door to control it, and blinds that darken the rear compartment so you get the best viewing experience. You can even include ‘seat exciters’ – points within the seat that vibrate and pulse with loud sounds.

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Rear-seat accommodation is – as you’d expect – cavernous.

Range and charging

BMW has confirmed that both the new 7 Series plug-in hybrids are capable of 50 miles of zero-emission driving regardless of which version you pick, with fuel economy figures set at 235.4mpg and emissions as low as 28g/km.

As for plugging in, BMW says the plug-in hybrids can be charged at up to 7.4kW – a full charge can take as little as three hours.

What’s it like to drive?

The brand has a long history of making entertaining cars to drive regardless of their shape or size, and the 7 Series is no exception. It comes equipped with air suspension (which lowers at high speeds or in Sport mode) and rear-wheel steering as standard to help its ride quality and manoeuvrability respectively, and both features work very well.

Particularly impressive is the way it handles twisting, undulating roads. The air-suspension works in cooperation with electronically controlled dampers, and together these do an outstanding job of controlling the car’s mass, making it feel remarkably, and genuinely, nimble.

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Handling is precise and steering accurage – as close to sporting as a luxury saloon needs to be.

Very much like a giant 3 Series, in fact – although the composure is such that it doesn’t feel giant from behind the wheel for very long. Despite features such as rear-wheel steering, it still manages to feel remarkably natural to drive, so you won’t be left second-guessing its responses. You do sit rather low behind the wheel, however, which occasionally makes visibility towards the opposite front corner feel a little limited.

It almost goes without saying that performance is outstanding, with huge overtaking capability. The eight-speed automatic gearbox works well, and the xDriver four-wheel drive system ensures there is plenty of traction.

But it is worth noting that compared with the all-electric i7 we drove back-to-back with it, this conventional version can feel somewhat old fashioned in places. And though the petrol model was marginally better in the corners, the electric 7 Series offers better ride comfort over the poorest surfaces.

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It’s big, and it’s clever, but the BMW 7 Series also manages to shrink on the road…

What models and trims are available?

The 7 Series is available in two trim lines – Excellence and M Sport – and two engine options in the UK: the 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive. The two trims are only broadly distinguished by their design – the M Sport trim features exhausts at the rear while Excellence doesn’t, for example. We’ll have to wait a little while to see what else sets apart the two variants.

Both of the engine options are plug-in hybrids, and those are your only choices in the UK market. They use a straight-six petrol engine connected to an electric motor, which is powered by an 18.7kWh battery pack.

Read on to find out why we rate the 7 Series as an award-winning luxury car.

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