2012 BMW 740

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$71,000

starting MSRP

2012 BMW 740
2012 BMW 740

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Interior quality and luxury
  • Seating comfort
  • Much-improved iDrive system
  • Impressive technology

The bad:

  • Lethargic gas pedal response in Normal mode
  • Nonlinear brakes
  • Persistent drivetrain whine

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • i

    $71,000

  • Li

    $75,500

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2012 BMW 740 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Six-cylinder, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • ActiveHybrid model
  • Alpina B7 model
  • Six- or eight-speed automatics
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Regular and extended-length versions

2012 BMW 740 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

BMW’s flagship 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that competes with top-line luxury cars like the Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The V-8-powered 750 comes in regular and extended lengths with rear- or all-wheel drive. The luxury sedan is available with four or five seats, and there’s also a six-cylinder 740 as well as a V-12 760, an ActiveHybrid 750 and a performance-oriented Alpina B7.

New for 2012
All models add a standard iPod/USB adapter, sport steering wheel and a backup camera. V-8 models gain 19-inch wheels with all-season tires and a premium stereo.  In a cost-cutting move, the ActiveHybrid 750 loses its standard leather dashboard, head-up display, and active and ventilated front seats.

Exterior
The current 7 Series adopts more conservative styling than its predecessor. It’s also a bit larger. The optional M Sport Package augments the exterior with more aggressive lower bodywork and darker Shadowline door and window trim. Exterior features include:

  • Extended-length versions are 5.5 inches longer
  • Aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders for decreased weight
  • Optional high-beam assist automatically dims high beams for oncoming drivers
  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard adaptive headlights move with steering wheel
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • 21-inch wheels (Alpina B7)

Interior
An array of entertainment and comfort features is available. BMW’s iDrive system, which controls the navigation system, stereo, climate control and other functions, was revised in recent years to make it more user-friendly. Interior features include:

  • 10.2-inch dashboard screen for iDrive
  • Four-zone climate control, including independent control for rear passengers
  • Optional rear massaging and ventilated seats
  • Optional rear entertainment system with dual screens in head restraints
  • Optional head-up display
  • Optional night vision with pedestrian detection


Under the Hood
The engine lineup includes a 315-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder for the 740; a 4.4-liter V-8 for the 750, Alpina B7 and ActiveHybrid models; and a 6.0-liter V-12 with 535 hp for the 760. The V-8 produces 400 hp in the 750, 440 hp in the ActiveHybrid 750 and 500 hp in the Alpina B7. All engines have twin turbochargers. The ActiveHybrid 750 has lithium-ion batteries, which power an electric motor that assists the V-8 during acceleration.

The 750 and Alpina B7 are available with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, which can send up to 80 percent of power to the rear wheels if needed, keeping acceleration and handling traits similar to those of the rear-wheel-drive 7 Series. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission (six-cylinder and V-8 models)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (ActiveHybrid 750 and V-12)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard knee airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Luxury and Sporty Car

I love 7 Series and this is my most favorite car ever. Luxury and Sporty at same time. I love body style of BMW 740i, 2010 to 2015 Models.

4.7

I love it.

I was able to buy this car and from the moment I got in the drivers seat I have been in love. The ability to handle like a sports car but have the comfort and ride of nice luxury sedan. I would say that I believe that the auto side mirrors should have been standard with this model instead of me having to remember to push the button. But other than that no complaints.

5.0

Very reliable Car for the price

I purchased a this 2012 BMW with a lot of options and under 70k miles. I'm a tall guy, 6'1" and needed the leg room. There is still some room behind me with the seat backed up all of the way. The features and smart key are a nice touch. I am used to a V-8 RWD vehicle, so it has taken some time getting used to the slower acceleration in normal or ECO mode. In Sport mode, the acceleration is very good. I really like the looks of this car. It just stinks you have to go to the 2016 or newer model to get the new APPLE TECH interiors, but I'll deal with it.

See all 5 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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