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2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

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Overview

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(4.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Interior quality and luxury
  • Seating comfort
  • Impressive technology

The Bad

  • Lethargic gas pedal response in Normal mode
  • Nonlinear brakes

What to Know

about the 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
  • New 740Ld xDrive diesel version
  • Gas six-cylinder, V-8 and V-12 engines also offered
  • Hybrid version available
  • Regular- and extended-length models
  • AWD available
  • Motion-activated trunk opening standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the 7 Series is also available in regular- and extended-length versions. This luxury sedan seats up to five and is powered by a six-cylinder gas engine in the 740i and ActiveHybrid 7, a V-8 in the 750i, a V-12 in the 760i, and a new turbo-diesel six-cylinder engine in the 740Ld xDrive. There's also a performance-oriented V-8-powered Alpina B7.

New for 2015
The 740Ld xDrive joins the lineup with a 255-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It's based on the extended-length sedan and comes with all-wheel drive. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB audio port are now standard. The 750 gains a leather dashboard and full-LED lighting while the Alpina B7 adds full-LED lighting.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Extended-length versions are 5.5 inches longer for greater rear-seat space
  • Aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders for less weight
  • Available high-beam assist automatically dims high beams for oncoming drivers
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Adaptive headlights move with steering wheel
  • Available LED headlights
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch wheels; 19- and 20-inch wheels available
  • 21-inch wheels (Al...
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. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the 7 Series is also available in regular- and extended-length versions. This luxury sedan seats up to five and is powered by a six-cylinder gas engine in the 740i and ActiveHybrid 7, a V-8 in the 750i, a V-12 in the 760i, and a new turbo-diesel six-cylinder engine in the 740Ld xDrive. There's also a performance-oriented V-8-powered Alpina B7.

New for 2015
The 740Ld xDrive joins the lineup with a 255-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It's based on the extended-length sedan and comes with all-wheel drive. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB audio port are now standard. The 750 gains a leather dashboard and full-LED lighting while the Alpina B7 adds full-LED lighting.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Extended-length versions are 5.5 inches longer for greater rear-seat space
  • Aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders for less weight
  • Available high-beam assist automatically dims high beams for oncoming drivers
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Adaptive headlights move with steering wheel
  • Available LED headlights
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch wheels; 19- and 20-inch wheels available
  • 21-inch wheels (Alpina B7)
  • Available M Sport Package augments the exterior with more aggressive lower bodywork and darker Shadowline door and window trim

Interior Highlights

  • 10.2-inch dashboard screen for iDrive system
  • Four-zone climate control, including independent control for rear passengers
  • Available rear massaging and ventilated seats
  • Available rear entertainment system with dual screens 
  • Available head-up display
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo

Under the Hood

  • 315-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine for the 740 and ActiveHybrid 7
  • 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 for the 750
  • 540-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 for the Alpina B7
  • 535-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 for the 760
  • 255-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder for 740Ld xDrive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Rear- or available all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Knee airbags
  • Backup camera; surround-view camera system available
  • Automatic collision notification with 10-year subscription
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available night vision with pedestrian detection

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(4.0)

It's Ok.

by Uncle D from Hawthorne on May 31, 2018

I like that it's a hybrid. I would like better gas mileage though. The interior and the electronics are superb. Will definitely purchase one if one becomes available at a good price. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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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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 ActiveHybrid 7 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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