BMW

BMW I7 SALOON 400kW xDrive60 M Sport 105.7kWh 4dr Auto [Exec]

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.7s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

With the i7, BMW proves it can make a really credible modern era full-Electric model that isn't an SUV. This car is aimed directly at the Mercedes EQS and brings a prodigious level of Munich's technological firepower to the task.

I'S HEAVEN?

The BMW 7 Series can now be had in full-Electric form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the i7.

Ten Second Review

With the i7, BMW proves it can make a really credible modern era full-Electric model that isn't an SUV. This car is aimed directly at the Mercedes EQS and brings a prodigious level of Munich's technological firepower to the task.

Background

A full-EV luxury model should look different, futuristic. Well this one, BMW's i7, does. But visually, it's virtually identical to ordinary combustion-engined versions of the eighth generation 7 Series large segment saloon it's based upon. So, convention, evolution and cutting-edge technology, all in one prestigiously-badged package. How could any self-respecting, ecologically minded company board member resist?. Well possibly quite easily because the car this i7 is directly up against a model lauded as one of the greatest luxury EVs so far produced in this era, the Mercedes EQS. That's a model with great front-of-cabin wow factor. This one though, aims to trump it an area arguably more important in this class of car: back seat luxury. Sounds intriguing.

Driving Experience

Sales of the i7 are primarily based around the xDrive60 model, which uses two electric motors, a front one with 258hp and one at the rear with 313hp. The combined total is quoted at a potent 544hp. And BMW quotes a WLTP-rated range of up to 388 miles. Which of course you'll get nowhere near if you habitually enjoy the rapid 0-62mph sprint time of 4.7s, en route to a 149mph maximum. This EV's clearly engineered for motorways as well as the metropolis. And secondary roads should feel cruisey too, thanks to adaptive self-levelling air suspension, which lowers itself by 10mm in 'Sport' mode (and at speeds of over 75mph) to improve stability. You can also use it to raise the ride height by 20mm to avoid damage on rougher sections of road. As with the brand's other EVS, this one can be had with an 'IconicSounds' package curated by Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer. This offers two options: one is 'Relax', which is a bit like the sort of thing you'd hear in a health spa. The other more dynamic powertrain note is called 'Expressive' which, according to early reports, sounds like some sort of air raid siren. Fortunately, you can turn it off. Should the i7 xDrive60 somehow not be fast enough for you, your dealer can brief you on an alternative i7 M70 xDrive model with 660hp.

Design and Build

If you've seen BMW's latest eighth generation 7 Series saloon, with its divisive new look, you'll know what to expect because almost everything's exactly the same with the i7. There are a few differences of course; an 'i' badge on the front grille, various decorative blue touches and of course, the conventional model's exhaust is missing here. As with the ordinary 7 Series (which is a PHEV), only a long wheelbase body style is available. And, as with that car, the main visual talking point is the huge (and optionally glowing) front grille, flanked by two-tier matrix LED headlights. The main beams sit on the lower tier. The upper tier delivers daytime running lights and indicators bejewelled with Swarovski crystals. The cabin provides even more evidence of BMW's desire to deliver something quite different in this segment - and again, it's just as in a comparable 7 Series. Much, predictably, is borrowed from the brand's iX flagship EV; the curved display with its central infotainment monitor and instrument screen; the two-spoke steering wheel; and the crystal iDrive controller. But there clever touches too, the main one being this i7's so-called 'Interaction Bar', a glossy back-lit panel that stretches across the fascia. It reacts to inputs and what's happening as you drive - so will flash, for instance, if you get a phone call. There's even more tech in the rear, which can be had with an 'Executive Lounge' package featuring a reclining seat with foot rest, allowing for a torso angle of up to 42.5-degrees. Once you're comfortable, you can even enjoy your own private cinema experience. The car can be fitted out with an enormous 31.3-inch 'BMW Theatre Screen' that folds into the ceiling when not in use and has built-in Amazon Fire TV. There's also a black-out screen for the rear window, touchscreens in the door panels and the option of 'seat exciters', which vibrate and pulse the seat with loud sounds from the 'Theatre Screen'. Out back., there's a big 500-litre boot.

Market and Model

The i7 xDrive60 variant costs just over £107,000 and there's a choice of 'Excellence' or 'M Sport' trim. Your i7 will come fully loaded for that, with features like adaptive air suspension, rear wheel steering, a gesture-controlled powered boot lid and a panoramic glass sunroof. But you'll want to spend more on some of the key features. The highlight is the 'BMW Theatre Screen' rear seat cinema system we briefed you on in our 'Design' section. We'd also want to spend more on the automatic door mechanism. With this, to open or close the front and rear doors, all those on board need to do is touch the handles set flush into the body, or use the buttons in the 'BMW Interaction Bar' at the front of the cabin or on the rear door trim. The opening and closing sequence can also be activated using the radio-operated key. Also leave some spend for the optional 'Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof', which will delight those inside the car with a bespoke light show, which uses light threads back-lit by LED units. The structure this creates replicates the pattern of the quilting on the seat surfaces. The glass construction consists of three highly functional and fully integrated individual sections of glass. A pattern within this construction emits the light and intensifies the feeling of acceleration when the car is moving. Lovely.

Cost of Ownership

We gave you the i7 xDrive60's driving range figure in our driving section - 388 miles. This comes via an extremely slim high-voltage battery with a cell height of just 110mm, located low down in the vehicle floor and providing 101.7kWh of usable energy. The heat pump technology used in the integrated heating and cooling system for the cabin and drive system also helps boost efficiency, as does the adaptive or individually adjustable recuperation feature. The high-voltage battery is heated using a dedicated 5.5 kW electric flow heater. The Combined Charging Unit in the i7 xDrive60 allows AC charging at a rate of up to 11kW, while DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 195kW. This allows 106 miles (WLTP) of range to be added in just ten minutes at a high-power charging station. The 'BMW Charging' package comes as standard, which gives i7 owners attractive kilowatt hour tariffs for AC and DC charging throughout the UK and Europe. The high-power charging network run by the BMW Group's joint venture IONITY also forms part of the BMW Charging network. Almost 16,000 charging points are included in the UK and Ireland, while the monthly fee for BMW Charging and IONITY is waived for the first 12 months for all retail customers.

Summary

The divisive looks that might make a typical customer question the conventional version of this eighth generation 7 Series seem better suited to this i7. Customers of expensive luxury EVs expect their cars to look different and this one will stand out in the boardroom car park just as much, if not more, than its arch-rival, the Mercedes EQS. If you're fortunate enough to have a chauffeur, the i7 might well be the preferential choice, providing it's specified with the rear 'Theatre Screen' system. And even if you like to drive yourself, this BMW might well present a fractionally more engaging option. It's hard though, to make a wrong choice between an EQS and an i7. Time moves on but luxury driving decisions get no easier. Which is as it should be.

  • Heated rear window
  • Climate comfort windscreen
  • Rain sensor + automatic driving lights control
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round and comfort closing function
  • Front windscreen wiper in wet-arm technology
  • Window washer nozzle for reversing assist camera

  • PC iBrake PostCrash approach control warning with light braking function
  • Front and rear brake discs
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Electromechanical parking brake + automatic hold function
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake assist function
  • Brake drying
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Braking readiness

  • Velour floormats

  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension

  • BMW interaction bar
  • BMW Natural interaction

  • Active Guard
  • My Modes
  • Rollback prevention
  • Interior camera - remote inner view via the MyBMW app and anti-theft internal recording with push notifications in case of alarm
  • Driving control panel
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Speed limiter
  • Cruise control with brake assist

  • BMW gesture control
  • Driving Assistant Plus Preparation
  • Electric boot lid - electrically opening/closing rear tailgate

  • Live Cockpit Pro with head up display including 12.3" instrument cluster and 14.9" central display
  • Instrument panel joint diffuser in black
  • BMW iDrive
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • Condition based service
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • BMW ConnectedDrive - Online
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • BMW Teleservices
  • BMW Touch command
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Run flat indicator

  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Eletric adjustable exterior mirrors

  • Front centre console decorative trims

  • Flexible charger
  • BMW xDrive system

  • 2x USB Type C ports in front centre console for charging and data transfer
  • 2x USB Type C ports in rear centre console for charging
  • Wireless charging tray
  • DAB Digital radio

  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • M Sport exterior styling
  • Number plate panel
  • Roof aerial housing in black
  • Two-part front light
  • Iconic Glow Illuminated Kidney Grille
  • BMW radiator grille

  • Number plate lights
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Welcome lighting
  • High beam assistant
  • Third brake light

  • Four zone automatic air conditioning
  • Stationary cooling and heating

  • Four lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • BMW ID
  • Electric opening glove box
  • Contour illuminated front and rear door pocket
  • M sport interior styling
  • 3 spoke leather M steering wheel in BMW M specific design with M badge
  • Electrically opening glove compartment
  • Storage compartment in central/rear centre console, rear centre armrest
  • 4 coat hooks in B-pillar and roof grab handle in rear
  • Bag hoooks on luggage compartment trim panel
  • Storage compartment with cover on left, without cover on right in side trim panel
  • Luggage compartment removable panel
  • Footrests and pedals in plastic
  • 2 upper retaining strap clips in parcel shelf
  • Electric rear windscreen and rear side window sunblinds
  • Through loading system
  • 12V power sockets
  • Soft close doors
  • Front armrest
  • Grab handles
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Sun visors
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Rear door exit lights
  • Footwell courtesy lights front and rear
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Luggage compartment light
  • Interior lighting

  • Connected Package Professional - I7
  • Travel and comfort pack - I7
  • Executive pack - I7
  • Expanded exterior mirror package - I7
  • Parking assistant plus pack - I7

  • Acoustic protection for pedestrians
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Driver central airbag
  • Active protection
  • Head airbags for first and second row seats
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Rear airbags

  • Heated front and rear seats
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Electric seat adjustment with memory
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Standard driver and front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX attachment point for both outer rear seats
  • Central folding rear headrests

  • Fuel filler flap/charging socket flap in body colour
  • Vehicle key
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Comfort access system with smart opener
  • Remote central locking
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm

  • Trailer stabilisation logic
  • Towing eye

  • Sun visors for driver and front passenger with illuminated vantiy mirror with slide cover

  • Standard charging cable to 22kW

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 3165
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 1935
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 930
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): 630
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: 0-100
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 105.7
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear
  • Usable Battery Capacity: 101.7

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: XE2A02N0

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: M Sport [Exec pk]
  • Coin Description: xDrive60
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 544
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 76
  • Engine Power - KW: 400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 550
  • Engine Torque - NM: 745
  • Engine Power - BHP: 544
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Top Speed: 149

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: AERO STYLE 907M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/45 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2192
  • Height: 1544
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5391
  • Width: 1950
  • Wheelbase: 3215

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2640
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3250
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 500
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 610
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.3

  • Sun protection glass: £450

  • M Sport brakes with blue calipers: Included

  • Parking assistant pro with camera and ultrasound based assistance,auto parking manoeuvre,scale display,reversing assistant, manoeuvring assistant fun: £400
  • Executive drive pro: £3,500

  • Fineline black with metal effect and M signature trim: £0
  • Individual open-pored fine-wood ash trim: £560
  • Carbon fibre with a silver stitching/piano black finish trim: £960
  • BMW Individual gran lusso interior world: £8,000
  • Fine wood oak mirror trim finish: Included

  • Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system: Included

  • Additional BMW Individual metallic paint work: £2,500
  • BMW Individual two-tone oxide grey metallic paint: £10,500
  • Automatic front and rear doors: £1,350
  • Panorama glass roof: Included
  • BMW Individual metallic paint work: £1,100
  • Metallic paint: £0
  • Chrome line exterior: £0
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Iconic glow crystal headlights: £1,800

  • BMW Individual Merino leather/alcantara upholstery: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery with Exclusive content: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery/wool/cahsmere with Exclusive content: £500
  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements: £750
  • Alcantara headlining in Anthracite: £1,150
  • M sport interior: £0
  • BMW Individual merino leather upholstery: Included

  • BMW Individual gran lusso interior world pack - I7: £8,000
  • Driving assistant pack - I7: Included
  • M Sport pro pack - I7: £2,750
  • M Sport pro pack - I7 when bought with 21" Aero alloy wheels: £3,250
  • Technology plus pack - I7: £5,500
  • Skylounge pack - I7: £850
  • Front comfort pack - I7: £2,500
  • Rear comfort pack - I7: £5,000

  • Metallic - Brooklyn grey: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,100
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red: £1,100
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Dravit grey: £1,100
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Oxide grey: £1,100
  • BMW Individual Metallic paint - Frozen pure grey: £2,500
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Frozen deep grey: £2,500
  • BMW Individual two-tone oxide grey metallic paint - Black sapphire: £10,500
  • BMW Individual two-tone oxide grey metallic paint - Dravit grey: £10,500
  • BMW Individual two-tone oxide grey metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £10,500

  • Massage function for front seats: £0

  • Fully electric towbar: £1,200

  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Black: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Amarone: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Smoke white: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Tartufo: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather/alcantara - Black/Atlas grey: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Black with Exclusive content: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Amarone with Exclusive content: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Smoke white with Exclusive content: £0
  • BMW Individual Merino leather - Tartufo with Exclusive content: £0
  • BMW Indiviudal Merino leather/Wool/Cashmere - Smoke white/Light grey with Exclusive content: £500

  • 20" Aero alloy wheels - Style 907M: Included
  • 21" Star spoke alloy wheels - Style 908M: £1,000
  • 21" Aero alloy wheels - Style 909M: £1,500
  • 21" alloy wheels - Style 910: £1,500

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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