BMW 7 Series

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How much does the BMW 7 Series cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical BMW 7 Series to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The BMW 7 Series 2.0L diesel costs £125.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band D.

It does just over 61 MPG on average, which means it will cost £10.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the BMW 5 Series 2.0L diesel and the more thirsty Audi A6 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 48, which is lower than the Jaguar XF 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Audi A7 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Volvo V70 has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L diesel3.0L diesel
mpg58.8 - 61.438.7 - 60.1
emissions122 - 127124 - 194
tax£125.00£125.00 - £300.00
insuranceGroup 48 - 49Group 45 - 50

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

BMW 7 Series: How big is the boot?

The BMW 7 Series has a below average boot space (506 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Volvo V70 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 815 litres.

Is the BMW 7 Series easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Mercedes Benz E Class.

This car is actually 336mm longer than the average street space, so parallel parking will never be easy.

Which BMW 7 Series has the best performance?

The fastest BMW 7 Series from 0-60, is the 3.0L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 680 lbs/ft torque and 320 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Audi A6 3.0L diesel, which will beat your BMW 7 Series to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model2.0L diesel3.0L diesel
zeroTo626.9 - 75.2 - 7.3
torque500540 - 680
bhp231245 - 320

What size caravan or trailer, can the BMW 7 Series tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the BMW 7 Series 3.0L diesel which has 680 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2300kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.