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BMW 7 Series (2015 to 2022)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

51
%
E

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

64
%
B

Reliability Rating:

31
%
E

Running Costs:

29
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

51
%
E

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

64
%
B

Reliability Rating:

31
%
E

Running Costs:

29
%
E

Summary


The BMW 7 Series has been the German brand’s flagship saloon since the 1970s. This model was launched in 2015, with a mid-life facelift in 2019. It ended production in 2022, replaced by an all-new model in 2023.

The 7 Series was available in standard and long-wheelbase versions. Powertrain options were many and varied over its production life, with up to 12 cylinders and 585hp. These comprise three petrol units, a pair of diesels and a plug-in hybrid. All apart from the base petrol model were available with all-wheel drive (known as xDrive in BMW-speak).

On the road, air suspension soaked up poor surfaces but several reviewers pointed out that unusually light steering took the edge off the overall driving experience.

As you might expect, the interior of the 7 Series could be specified to be highly luxurious – even more so in the facelift post-2019 versions, with Autocar saying it “can now genuinely claim to be among the class best”.

Technology has always been leading-edge in this class and the BMW had plenty – the central ‘iDrive’ stick that controlled many functions was clever but, as Company Car Today pointed out, “as the sheer quantity of connected functions increases, it becomes ever harder to keep up with where to find and operate everything.”

Overall, the 2019 facelift brought the BMW closer to its long-time rival, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. According to Autocar at the time, “choosing between them will largely fall down to which seat you plan on using most”.

As of February 2024, the BMW 7 Series holds a Used Car Expert Rating of E, with a score of 51%. This is largely thanks to its very high running costs and poor reliability record.

7 Series highlights

  • Plenty of powertrain choice
  • Efficient plug-in hybrid
  • Good road manners

7 Series lowlights

  • Marmite styling
  • iDrive controller complicated
  • Poor reliability record
  • Huge running costs

Key specifications


Body style: Large saloon
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price when new: From £73,305 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2015
Last updated: Summer 2019
Ended production: Late 2022


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The BMW 7 Series was not crash tested by Euro NCAP during its production life.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The BMW 7 Series was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The BMW 7 Series has a very poor reliability rating, according to extended warranty data provided to us by our commercial partner MotorEasy. This data covers this generation (2015 to 2022) as well as older 7 Series models.

Engine and gearbox problems are the most expensive to fix, with average repair bills of about £1,300 and £1,700 respectively. Suspension problems are the most common source of faults, with an unusually high average repair cost of £1,000.

If you own a BMW 7 Series, or you’re looking at buying a used 7 Series, make sure that any used car warranty you purchase covers all of the potential problem areas shown above.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW 7 Series has received

2016

  • Professional Driver Awards – Car of the Year + Chauffeur Car of the Year

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If you’re looking at the BMW 7 Series, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi A8 | Bentley Flying Spur | Lexus LS | Maserati Quattroporte | Mercedes-Benz S-Class | Rolls-Royce Ghost | Rolls-Royce Wraith

The traditional rivals to the BMW 7 Series have always been the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8.  Also lining up against it is the Lexus LS, Jaguar’s XJ having now passed into history, while for those looking for even more luxury the Bentley Flying Spur and Maserati Quattroporte are also in the running.


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The BMW 7 Series was a highly luxurious but also expensive and before spending you needed to accept the Marmite styling with its huge grille.BMW 7 Series (2015 to 2022)