BMW

BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740Li M Sport 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2190 g/km

When BMW launched the sixth generation version of its top saloon, the 7 Series, it elevated itself back into contention at the top end of the luxury segment for large saloons. But much has happened since. This significantly revised model has had to get clever to keep up with the demands of the marketplace. With a frugal diesel and a plug-in hybrid available, it proves even luxury barges need a conscience these days.

SEVENTH HEAVEN?

We always thought the sixth generation version of BMW's 7 Series large luxury saloon was good; this revised version promises to be better. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

When BMW launched the sixth generation version of its top saloon, the 7 Series, it elevated itself back into contention at the top end of the luxury segment for large saloons. But much has happened since. This significantly revised model has had to get clever to keep up with the demands of the marketplace. With a frugal diesel and a plug-in hybrid available, it proves even luxury barges need a conscience these days.

Background

BMW's 7 Series has been with us for well over four decades now, with the first generation car having gone on sale back in 1977. Initially available in one length with a six cylinder engine, a V12 was offered back in 1987 on the second generation car with a long wheel base model available too. As the Nineties became the Naughties, increased environmental concerns saw the introduction of diesels for the UK market as the list of available equipment grew along with the car's size and weight. For this updated sixth generation car, BMW knew they had to offer even more on-board gadgetry, connectivity and camera-driven safety kit - and of course that's exactly what we've got. Plus the styling's been sharpened and there's a much more competitive petrol Plug-in hybrid option.

Driving Experience

The 7 Series has always sold itself as the driver's choice in luxury limos and that doesn't look to be changing any time soon. Even the most sensible (and slowest) six cylinder 730d pumps out 265hp, enough for 0-62mph in a scant 6.1 seconds (which falls to 5.8s if you go for optional xDrive 4WD). This is a far more popular choice than the similarly-price 340hp 740i petrol model. Other less popular engine options in the 7 Series range all come only with xDrive. There's the 320hp 740d diesel, the 530hp 750i petrol V8 and for real plutocrats, the 585hp M760Li V12. Should you want to be as green as possible - or just escape the London congestion charge - there's a 745e plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 36 miles on electric power alone. All models receive an eight speed automatic gearbox and air suspension for both front and rear axles that allows you to switch from soft to sporty and the touch of a button. As the ultimate party trick, you can even get out of the car and set it to park itself from your smart phone. Very James Bond. Optional Integral Active Steering allows rear wheel steering to tighten the turning circle and sharpen cornering response. And on most models you can also specify Active Chassis Control to reduce body roll.

Design and Build

The 7 Series was the first of BMW's models to employ a 'carbon core' body structure blended with aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic - and that continues with this revised version of the 'G11'-series generation model. It offers us very much an evolutionary design and much about it is familiar - the long wheelbase and short overhangs, the flowing roofline and the 'Hofmeister kink' (the upturned line at the trailing edge of the side window graphic). Look closely though and the enhancements become obvious, most notably at the front end, which is now around 50mm taller at its foremost point. The traditional BMW kidney grille is significantly larger and features active air flap control with adjustable vanes that only open when the need for cooling air is increased. Slimmer three-dimensional rear lights and re-styled 18-21-inch alloy rims complete the key exterior changes. Inside, there's an all-digital instrument cluster that blends with an enhanced centre-dash screen of the same size. Plus buyers get the latest version of the BMW Touch Command unit. This removable tablet with a 7-inch screen can be used from any seat and even outside the vehicle. It lets the occupants operate comfort functions such as seat adjustment, interior lighting and climate control, as well as the infotainment, navigation and communication systems.

Market and Model

With the 7 Series acting as BMW's flagship saloon, it's no surprise that you'll have to dig deep to afford one. The range kicks off with the standard length and specification 730d at around £70,000. If you're after maximum rear legroom, the long wheelbase 'L' chassis is nearly £4,000 more, with xDrive 4WD nearly £3,000 more. The 320hp 740d gets xDrive as standard but costs from around £77,000. If you want to avoid the black pump, the petrol range starts at approximately £72,000 for a 740i but a better choice might be the £77,000 745e plug-in hybrid. You'll need around £85,000 for the V8 petrol 750ixDrive - and nearly £140,000 for the V12 M760Li; don't even ask about depreciation on that one... Standard specification includes the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant - an intelligent, digital helper who responds to the prompt "Hey BMW". This technology learns routines, habits and preferences to help the driver get the best out of the in-car functionality such as the seat heating or the places they navigate to. Drivers can also give the Personal Assistant a name for even greater individuality and personality. The Assistant is familiar with the vehicle's functions and is able to operate them as required. Saying "Hey BMW, I'm cold" will prompt the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to adjust the temperature inside the car accordingly.

Cost of Ownership

Just because you're spending £70,000 or more on a large luxury saloon doesn't mean you'll be paying through the nose to keep it on the road. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures. Even the 740i with its turbocharged petrol six is capable of between 31.7 and 34.0mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 161 to 164g/km of carbon dioxide. Naturally the mainstream model consumption champion is the diesel 730d which posts figures of 41.5-44.1mpg and CO2 between 138 and 139g/km. For the 740d xDrive, you're looking at 38.2-41.5mpg; and 1480149g/km. You'll need deep company pockets to run the top 760Li xDrive petrol V12, rated at 20.8-21.6mpg and 282g/km. A clever choice might be the 745e petrol plug-in hybrid, which offers an electric-only range of between 32 and 36 miles. The speed threshold for all-electric driving has also increased to 68mph. The combined fuel consumption figures for this plug-in hybrid luxury version is between 108.6-134.5mpg. The CO2 emissions produced when burning fuel average between 48 and 52g/km. Across the range, intelligent networking enables the eight-speed Steptronic transmission's controller to also factor in navigation data when selecting the best shift strategy. As a result unnecessary gear shifts can be eliminated and optimum use can be made of the engine braking effect when approaching a junction. The drive system's networking with both the navigation system and the cameras and radar sensors likewise serves to maximise the efficiency-enhancing effect of the Auto Start Stop and coasting functions.

Summary

The 7 Series has always offered a slightly different take on the large luxury saloon. Although other vehicles may arguably offer greater passenger comfort, the big BMW has always made sure its drivers could enjoy themselves should the fancy take them. With this revised MK6 model, BMW look to have improved on this dual personality with extra tech and engineering enhancements like Integral Active Steering and Active Chassis Control. You could argue that this car still doesn't look quite as special as some of its rivals, but then this is quite a cautious section of the market. It's also undoubtedly better looking than the previous model, managing to seem both more stately and athletic at the same time. Whether it's enough to edge out the BMWs arch nemesis the Mercedes S-Class is another question though. You'll enjoy deciding.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor + automatic driving lights control
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round and comfort closing function

  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Electromechanical parking brake + automatic hold function
  • Comfort exit stepless door brake
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Cornering brake control
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake assist function

  • Velour floormats

  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Double wishbone front axle
  • 2 Axle air suspension
  • Integral rear axle

  • BMW apps interface
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging

  • Driving experience control with adaptive mode
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Speed limiter

  • Engine start/stop button
  • Powered bootlid operation
  • Automatic operation of tailgate - electrically opening/closing rear tailgate

  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3" instrument display + 12.3" high resolution centre display nav function and Intelligent Voice Assistant
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • 20GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • Condition based service
  • Integrated owner's handbook
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • BMW information plus
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Speed limit display
  • Personal Profile
  • Multifunctional instrument panel
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • Fuel consumption and range
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Service indicator
  • BMW ConnectedDrive - Online
  • On-board diagnosis - OBD
  • Average speed gauge
  • Run flat indicator
  • Colour information display
  • Brake force display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Lights on warning
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle

  • Ceramic finish for controls
  • Leather instrument panel

  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Favourite buttons
  • BMW gesture control
  • DAB Digital radio
  • CD player

  • Body colour bumpers
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • i designation on front side panels, left and right
  • Rear decorative bumper moulding tailpipe in chrome
  • Chrome kidney grill struts in front and side
  • Carbon core - innovative lightweight construction with highly rigid and light carbon elements
  • All round anti-corrosion system
  • Model logo
  • Left and right single chrome quadrilateral exhaust tailpipes

  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED daytime driving lights with front and rear active
  • LED front and rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • High beam assistant
  • LED rear lights
  • Outer door handle illumination

  • Microfilter and active carbon filter
  • Four Zone automatic air conditioning

  • M specific key
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Battery in luggage compartment
  • 12V power sockets
  • Door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Storage options
  • Soft close doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • Lashing eyelets in boot
  • Rear centre console
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Sun visors
  • Grab handles
  • Lockable glovebox

  • Footwell courtesy lights front and rear
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Welcome lighting
  • Front and rear reading lights

  • Connected Package Professional - 7 Series
  • M Aerodynamic pack - 7 Series
  • Parking Assistant Plus - 7 Series
  • Non smokers pack - 7 Series

  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Rear airbags
  • Anti-whiplash front headrests
  • Three inertia reel rear seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Two tone horn
  • Side impact protection
  • Active front seat headrests
  • Active protection
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • Dynamic safety
  • Head airbags for first and second row seats
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Three point rear seat belts

  • Electric seat adjustment with memory
  • Isofix child seat mounting
  • Rear headrests
  • Front comfort seats
  • Front and rear seat heating
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support

  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Remote central locking
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Comfort access system with smart opener

  • Sport automatic transmission

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 290
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 290
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 291
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 190
  • CO2 (g/km): 170
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B58B30M1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 2998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 22.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 22.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 12.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.7

  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • 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: 340
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 49E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Coin Description: L

  • Engine Power - BHP: 340
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 250
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 647M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2169
  • Height: 1479
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5260
  • Width: 1902
  • Wheelbase: 3210

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1805
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2500
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 78
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 515
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 695
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.8

  • Climate comfort windscreen: Included
  • Sun protection glass: £420
  • Climate comfort laminated glass: £0
  • Heat protection, sun protection glazing: Included

  • Black brake callipers: Included
  • M Sport braking system in blue high gloss + blue painted brake calipers with M designation: £0

  • Remote control parking: £0
  • Integral active steering: £1,195
  • Executive drive pro: £2,450
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering: Included

  • BMW display key: £315

  • BMW Touch command: £0
  • Head up Display: £0

  • High-gloss fineline black wood interior trim with metal effect: Included
  • American oak dark fine-wood interior trim with metal inlay: £0
  • BMW Individual piano black trim with highlight trim finishers: £560

  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £4,995
  • Harman Kardon loudspeaker system: Included
  • Rear seat entertainment experience with BMW Touch command: £0
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations: £0

  • Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof: £1,795
  • BMW Individual paintwork: £995
  • BMW Individual paint - special request: £2,495
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Electric glass sunroof: Included
  • M rear spoiler: £0
  • Extended high gloss shadow line exterior trim: £0

  • BMW Laserlights: £0
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: Included

  • Ambient air: £0

  • Heating steering wheel: £250
  • Electric rear windscreen and rear side window sunblinds: £550
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £6,995
  • Through loading system: £150
  • Rear centre armrest: Included
  • Anthracite headlining: Included
  • Alcantara headlining in Anthracite: £895
  • Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery: Included
  • Front armrest: Included
  • Executive lounge rear console: £0
  • BMW individual Alcantara headlining: £895
  • Three spoke M sports leather multifunction steering wheel: Included
  • Electric sunblind on rear windscreen: Included
  • BMW M leather steering wheel in midnight blue: £450

  • Entertainment pack - 7 Series: £3,000
  • M Sport pro pack - 7 Series: £1,995
  • M Sport pro pack - 7 Series when bought with jet black alloy wheels: £2,345
  • Rear seat comfort with heat pack - 7 Series: £3,250
  • Rear seat comfort plus with heat pack - 7 Series: £6,995
  • Heated front and rear comfort pack - 7 Series: £0
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 7 Series: £0
  • Premium package - 7 Series: £2,495
  • Technology package - 7 Series: £3,595
  • Visibility package - 7 Series: £1,500

  • Metallic - Bernina grey: £0
  • Metallic - Dravit grey: £0
  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £0
  • Metallic - Donington grey: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Individual paint - Tanzanite blue: £995
  • Individual paint - Aventurine red: £995
  • Individual paint - Frozen blue stone: £2,495

  • M Seatbelts: £0

  • Executive lounge seat: £0
  • Active front seat ventilation: £0
  • Massage function for front seats: £0
  • Massage function for rear seats: £0
  • Active rear seat ventilation: £0
  • Rear comfort seats: £0

  • Fully electric towbar: £1,075

  • BMW Individual full merino leather - Black/Black world: £6,995
  • BMW Individual full merino leather - Amarone/Black world: £6,995
  • BMW Individual full merino leather - Fiona red/Black world: £6,995
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Canberra beige/Canberra beige world: £0
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with M piping/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual full merino leather - Smoke white/Black world: £6,995
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Ivory white/ Black world: £0
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Black/Black world: £0
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Cognac/black world: £0
  • BMW Individual full merino leather - Tartufo/Black world: £6,995
  • BMW Individual full merino leather - Smoke White/Night blue with Black world: £6,995

  • 20" M Star spoke bi-colour light alloy wheels - style 817M + Run flat tyres: £1,200
  • 20" M Star spoke jet black light alloy wheels - style 817M + Run flat tyres: £1,550
  • 19" M Double spoke bi-colour light alloy wheels - style 647M + Run flat tyres: Included

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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