2016 BMW 740

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Key Specs

of the 2016 BMW 740 base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    320-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Weighs less than predecessor
  • Cabin luxury
  • Dashboard display works as a touch-screen
  • Numerous active safety features available
  • Panoramic moonroof standard

The Bad

  • Use of touch-sensitive controls
  • Regular-wheelbase version no longer offered
2016 BMW 740 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 BMW 740

  • Redesigned for 2016
  • Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic construction
  • Gesture-recognition technology
  • In-cabin fragrance system available
  • Active suspension available

2016 BMW 740 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Behold the redesigned sixth-generation 7 Series, a car packed with as much technology as a Pixar studio. Any sedan that takes on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8/S8, Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS had better be a tour de force of technology and capability, and BMW's 7 Series is just that.

Like BMW's i3 electric car and i8 exotic, the new 7 Series will sport carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in the passenger compartment that helps reduce its overall weight by about 190 pounds, plus new features like gesture recognition and a self-parking system that even handles the gas and brakes.
Exterior
The sedan wears perhaps the largest version of BMW's familiar twin-kidney grille, now with active shutters to help aerodynamics. It extends deep into the front bumper, with LED headlights emerging directly from the sides. The bumpers have a single lower expanse, which an M Sport Package trades for three separate openings. The M Sport also adds darkened rear-bumper effects.

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, but optional rims go all the way to 21 inches. Though it's an inch longer than last year's long-wheelbase car, the 7 Series' trunk appears shorter and doesn't jut as noticeably outward. The tail itself has familiar elements, with a sleeker take on the last 7's horizontal taillights and width-spanning silver trim.
Interior
Like other newish BMWs, the 7 Series now has a new center display that perches on the dash rather than within a dash ...

Vehicle Overview

Behold the redesigned sixth-generation 7 Series, a car packed with as much technology as a Pixar studio. Any sedan that takes on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8/S8, Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS had better be a tour de force of technology and capability, and BMW's 7 Series is just that.

Like BMW's i3 electric car and i8 exotic, the new 7 Series will sport carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in the passenger compartment that helps reduce its overall weight by about 190 pounds, plus new features like gesture recognition and a self-parking system that even handles the gas and brakes.
Exterior
The sedan wears perhaps the largest version of BMW's familiar twin-kidney grille, now with active shutters to help aerodynamics. It extends deep into the front bumper, with LED headlights emerging directly from the sides. The bumpers have a single lower expanse, which an M Sport Package trades for three separate openings. The M Sport also adds darkened rear-bumper effects.

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, but optional rims go all the way to 21 inches. Though it's an inch longer than last year's long-wheelbase car, the 7 Series' trunk appears shorter and doesn't jut as noticeably outward. The tail itself has familiar elements, with a sleeker take on the last 7's horizontal taillights and width-spanning silver trim.
Interior
Like other newish BMWs, the 7 Series now has a new center display that perches on the dash rather than within a dash hump. The gauges also are a configurable display, measuring 12.3 inches. Most controls have a silver finish, but many functions along the center stack are now touch-sensitive, which we've criticized across the industry. It's an unfortunate development since German automakers were a reliable holdout for physical knobs and keys.

BMW's iDrive controller sits to the right of the gearshift, but it's been augmented by a touch-screen interface for the center display itself — a rarity among German luxury cars. New gesture recognition allows you to accept a phone call, adjust the stereo volume and more by aiming hand gestures toward the multimedia system. (Why pressing a button on the steering wheel was so difficult, we don't know.)

Shoppers can choose between various wood and aluminum trim plus three grades of leather. BMW claims class-leading backseat legroom, and typical of a full-size luxury sedan, rear amenities are plentiful. A panoramic moonroof and quad-zone automatic climate control are standard; outboard passengers can get optional heated armrests. Backseat passengers can get front-seat-mounted multimedia screens, powered outboard seats and a flow-through center console with tray tables and a removable 7-inch tablet. The tablet has driving information, various seat controls and Internet connectivity through the 7 Series' in-car Wi-Fi.

Wireless smartphone charging is standard. Optional premium audio comes in the form of a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround-sound system. If you want some smell with that sound, an optional air-fragrance package can ionize the air and emit one of eight scents.
Under the Hood
The 740i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine with 320 horsepower. The 750i, meanwhile, gets a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that's good for 445 hp. Both engines work through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Various driving modes span the gamut from sportiness to fuel efficiency. Helping the latter cause are regenerative braking and idle-stop features. The driving modes also alter the standard adaptive air suspension.

BMW's optional Active Comfort Drive incorporates active stabilizer bars that adjust in real time to mitigate body roll, plus a navigation-linked Road Preview function that preps the suspension for upcoming situations. On all-wheel-drive (xDrive) models, an optional active steering system can steer the rear wheels slightly to help maneuverability.

Sometime next year, BMW will also offer a 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid, which combines a turbo four-cylinder with an electric motor. The motor draws power off a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with a maximum all-electric range of 23 miles (EPA-certified range still pending). BMW says it will announce whether the 740e will be a 2016 or 2017 model closer to its launch.
Safety
BMW's optional Parking Assistant can pull the car into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot using low-speed acceleration and braking (most self-parking systems only manage the steering). Automatic braking now works when the car is in Reverse and detects an object in its path. Driverless remote-controlled parking via BMW's Display Key won't be available at launch in U.S. models, BMW says. There's no word on when (or if) the feature will arrive.

Safety options include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, plus lane departure and blind spot warning systems. Pile on all the driving-assistance packages and the 7 Series can maintain speed behind the car ahead all the way down to a full stop, as well as steer itself to follow the vehicle ahead, stay in its lane, or detect and avoid adjacent traffic during a lane change. (BMW says the steering assistant, like other such systems, still requires you to keep a hand on the wheel.)


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by Proud Owner from Greenville, SC on April 4, 2017

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 BMW 740 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 BMW 740 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 740 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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