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Why Lease The 7 Series?

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BMW 7 Series Review 2022

The BMW 7 Series is a luxury saloon that provides high levels of quality, comfort, and quietness and is also the finest in its class at turning around bends. Although it's built to be luxurious and comfortable for limo-style customers, you'll also discover that driving for such a large luxury saloon is surprisingly enjoyable.

Rivals to the BMW 7 Series include the Audi A8, Lexus LS and Mercedes S-Class.

Our BMW 7 Series review covers:

BMW 7 Series Key Features

  • Striking luxurious design with crystal headlights and Swarovski crystal elements 
  • Upmarket cabin with a spacious interior 
  • 515-litre boot with no split-folding rear bench to boost capacity 
  • Range of petrol and diesel options, with a plug-in hybrid also available.
  • Two trim levels, including Excellence and M Sport

BMW 7 Series Pros and Cons:


  • Great to drive 
  • Excellent upmarket interior 
  • Huge cabin space


  • Reliability concerns 
  • Ride quality isn't as good as rivals 
  • Very expensive

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The BMW 7 Series is designed to be luxurious and comfortable, and it has certainly succeeded at that. It has an iconic high-class design with its illuminated kidney grille, crystal headlights with Swarovski crystal elements and hidden rear tailpipes. The 7 Series is similarly sculpted like its rivals, such as the Audi A8 and Lexus LS, both offer similar cabins and driving experiences.

BMW 7 Series exterior

Inside the BMW 7 Series, you get a high-quality interior with huge cabin space. In the rear, there's enormous legroom, while the 7 Series' width means shoulder room is suitable for all sized passengers. Plus, in the front, the driver should have no problem finding a comfortable driving position with various adjustments available. 

As for boot space, the BMW 7 Series offers plenty of space, but there is no split-folding rear bench to boost its capacity. The 7 Series boot is bigger than you'll find in its main rival, the Mercedes S-Class, but you're unlikely to tell which one has more space in everyday use. 

However, if you opt for either of the plug-in hybrid options of the BMW 7 Series, you get a slightly smaller boot, given the battery and motor tech eats a little into the BMW's boot space.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the BMW 7 Series is upmarket and has one of the greatest infotainment systems available. BMW has used luxurious materials with leather on the dash top and instrument panel inside. Ambient lighting is standard across the entire range and allows you to select from various colours to get your preferred effect, making the BMW 7 Series look fantastic at night.

The BMW 7 Series has the most advanced form of the brilliant BMW iDrive. A 10-inch touchscreen is situated high on the dashboard that can be controlled with your voice, and a rotary dial and menu shortcut keys are located between the front seats. The DAB radio, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay are all included, and everything is quite simple to use.

Overall, it's a posh interior that, though not quite as good as the Audi A8, feels sturdier than a Mercedes S-Class.

Two trim levels are available, including Excellence and M Sport.

Excellence models come with BMW individual interior world pack with Merino leather, Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system, Deletion of front/front side sills and side rear apron, Driving assistant pack and Parking assistant plus pack. It also has a panorama glass roof, Cruise control with brake assist, and 19-inch Double spoke alloy wheels.

M Sport models add M Sport brakes with blue callipers and 20-inch Aero alloy wheels.

Power and Performance

BMW offers the 7 Series in a range of petrol and diesel options, with plug-in hybrid options are also available.

BMW 7 Series interior

The 730d is the entry-level 7 Series model, ideal for most drivers and driving habits. Power is provided by a straight six-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with a top speed cap of 155 mph. 

If you prefer petrol, you may choose between the powerful 528 horsepower V8 750i or the spirited 3.0-litre inline-six 740i, with the former deemed as a sportier choice. 

The new 745e and 745Le plug-in hybrid options are also impressive. Its new six-cylinder engine seems much more in keeping with the model's status and gives the hybrid option an additional level of smoothness, refinement, and performance. The six-cylinder engine produces 282 horsepower, while the electric motor adds 111 horsepower. Peak combined power is 389bhp, and the enormous torque is 600Nm.

The BMW 7 Series is one of the best luxury saloons to drive with its air suspension is standard on all 7 Series, and its softest setting offers a very comfortable ride no matter where you are seated or what route you are on. It's even great cruising down the motorway, offering an almost quiet library cabin with virtually no wind noise. 

Overall the BMW 7 Series is a great luxury saloon leasing option.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new BMW 7 Series start from £72,190.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.

Do you have questions about leasing a BMW 7 Series? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are one of the leading car leasing suppliers in the UK. All our car leasing deals come with free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply), with a manufacturer's warranty, breakdown cover and inclusive road tax. 

Additionally, leasing a BMW 7 Series can be less expensive than getting a bank loan or making an outright purchase with dealer financing because of the fixed monthly payments, low initial rental fee, variable mileage allowance, and adjustable contract lengths.

*'On the road' price is correct at the time of publication and includes one year's road fund licence, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.

Customer Reviews

BMW 7 Series
Average Rating Based on 4 reviews
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Santoshan BMW 7 Series 730d MHT M Sport Auto

i have alway loved the BMWs, this my 5th one, easy to navigate comfort plenty of extras

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4.9 out of 5
Robert BMW 7 Series 730d MHT M Sport Auto

Excellent car great mpg and power when you need it.

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3.4 out of 5
Peter BMW 7 Series 740d xDrive Exclusive Auto

Car is fine but not that practical as boot space for a large saloon car is not big enough. DAB radio is hopeless, it's been into BMW who say it's OK but the Service Manager told me his car is the same with the DAB, it keeps losing signal

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2.9 out of 5
Christopher BMW 7 Series 740e M Sport Auto

Boot space and lack of folding down seats. Overall electric mode offers less miles than stated. Overall less than satisfied.

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