2017 BMW 740

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$81,500–$84,500 MSRP range
(4.5) 4 reviews
Key Specs
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Key Specs

of the 2017 BMW 740. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-24 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

  • Nimble handling considering size
  • Quick acceleration
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Massive backseat
  • Luxurious interior
  • Smooth engine stop-start system

The Bad

  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Legibility of silver- and glass-like buttons
  • Practicality of gesture controls
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not available
  • Huge rear doors are a parking lot liability
  • Price rises quickly with options
2017 BMW 740 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 BMW 740

  • Carbon fiber-intensive platform
  • Gesture-based controls
  • Active suspension, four-wheel steering available
  • In-cabin fragrance system available
  • Self-steering traffic jam assistant available

What Is the 2017 BMW 740?

The BMW 740 is a full-size luxury sedan that competes with the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS. Where the 740 has turbocharged V-6 power, the 7 Series also comes in V-8-powered 750 and plug-in-hybrid 740e trim levels, covered separately. The 740i has rear-wheel drive, and for 2017 the new 740xi brings all-wheel drive, termed xDrive.

What's New on the 2017 BMW 740?

An all-wheel-drive version has been added for 2017; last year the 740i came only with rear-wheel drive. The Display Key becomes standard. Its LCD touchscreen displays vehicle status and can operate the windows, locks, climate system and more within a range of 985 feet, farther than a typical key fob.

What Features in the 2017 BMW 740 Are Most Important?

The 740 is powered by a 320-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Significant standard features include front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, heated front seats, touch-sensitive controls, gesture recognition, an adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, four-zone automatic air conditioning, iDrive multimedia system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and navigation system, a panoramic moonroof, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and genuine wood and aluminum interior trim. As required in every new 2017 car, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are included.

Significant available features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, an automated parking system, a night vision camera, heated rear seats, ventilated front and rear seats, a head-up display and an in-cabin fragrance system with choice of scents.

Should I Buy the 2017 BMW 740?

The 740 may have a V-6, but twin turbochargers give it enough power to satisfy most buyers. Its acceleration, roominess, comfort and luxury fit the requirements for this class, but minimal steering feedback makes it feel less sporty, and the new gesture controls are more gimmicky than useful. 

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740 is a nice big car

by Shalender from Milpitas on March 29, 2018

740e is a nice big car for the family. The dashboard and the features are amazing and the interiors are very nice. I have 2 kids who are 1 and 3 and are rather tall (98 percentile). I am also 6+ well ... Read full review


Rugged, Bold and Sophisticated Drive

by BMW OC fanatic from Orange County, Ca. on January 16, 2018

This car makes me feel very stylish and is very sporty and Fast. Best in Class BMW for the money. Great performance and acceleration....compared to most cars. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 BMW 740 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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