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BMW i7

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

70
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

81
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

55
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

70
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

81
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

55
%
D

Summary


Part of the seventh-generation 7 Series range, the BMW i7 is a luxury electric saloon that arrived in the UK at the start of 2023, rivalling the similarly-priced Mercedes-Benz EQS. A more powerful M70 variant will arrive in the UK later this year.

One of the most comfortable and luxurious cars on the market, the i7 has received near-universal praise from the UK media since its arrival, with its spacious and tech-laden cabin being earmarked as a particular highlight.

“The BMW i7 is a prime example of a truly luxurious saloon successfully transitioning to the electric age”, says Dave Humphreys of The Sunday Times, adding that “its driving qualities and range make it one of the most appealing prospects in its class.”

The What Car? team is more enthused by the saloon’s “astonishing range of tech”, including an optional 8K resolution cinema screen that folds down from the roof in the rear. Matt Robinson of Auto Express calls this tech “cutting-edge”, although this view wasn’t unanimously shared – Carbuyer‘s Richard Ingram thought that some of these features are “a bit of a gimmick”.

The saloon’s exterior styling has also split reviewer (and social media) opinion, but Car‘s James Dennison argues: “to write it off for those reasons really would be an injustice of proportions matched only by the car’s radiator grille.”

Offering interior comfort that has been frequently compared to a Rolls-Royce (the British luxury brand is also owned by BMW), reviewers agree that the i7 is a convincing EV showcase that justifies its expensive price tag.

As of January 2024, the BMW i7 holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 70%. This is a combination of its excellent media reviews, zero tailpipe emissions and high running costs.

i7 highlights

  • Outstanding comfort and interior refinement
  • Spacious cabin with plenty of on-board tech
  • Competitive battery range
  • Easy driving experience
  • Zero tailpipe emissions

i7 lowlights

  • Not as agile as the normal 7 Series
  • Very expensive price tag and options list
  • Polarising exterior styling
  • Running costs are high

Key specifications


Body style: Large saloon
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £101,765 on-road

Launched: Winter 2022/23
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the BMW i7 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. This is usually the case for a vehicle at this price point.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW i7 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the i7 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the BMW i7 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the i7, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models371 milesA370 – 372 milesA – A
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.6 m/KWhD3.5 – 3.7 m/KWhD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£285C
Year 2£561B
Year 3£931B
Year 4£1,139B
Year 5£1,488B
Overall£4,404B

Running costs for the BMW i7 are a bit of a mixed bag according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The saloon’s official battery range of 371 miles is well above average. So you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of charge in normal day-to-day driving. Its electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is lower than the market average, but that is understandable given the car’s size and weight.

Insurance costs reflect the expensive price tag, but service and maintenance costs over five years of ownership are good, particularly when compared to its closest rival the Mercedes-Benz EQS which data suggests is more expensive to maintain long-term.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW i7 has received.

2023

  • The Car Expert Awards – Best Luxury Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Luxury Car
  • Parkers Awards – Best Luxury Car
  • Professional Driver Awards – Best Chauffeur Car
  • What Car? Awards – Technology Award
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Luxury Car

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If you’re looking at the BMW i7, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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