Is The 2020 BMW 7-Series Good Enough To Stand Above Its Rivals?

Flared nostrils aside, the updated BMW 7-Series is now better equipped than ever to impose its will on one of the most competitive segments in the world.

In most cases, it comes down to a matter of personal preferences with regards to style and badge. Whether it’s the 7-Series, the Audi A8 or the Mercedes S-Class, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll end up being disappointed by things like cabin quality, tech or comfort regardless of which model you choose.

But where does the facelifted 7-Series stand? Technically speaking, it’s newer than both of its main German rivals, but only on the surface, as changes are mostly skin deep – although there’s no ignoring its updated looks.

Its taillights were also redesigned and are now less bulky, unlike the front fascia.

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Inside, the 2020 7-Series is definitely more impressive than in years past, and still practical. For instance, you even get an old USB slot instead of just USB Type-C ports like in certain other new cars. As for overall comfort, the 7er is as solid as it’s ever been.

Finally, performance. The model tested here is a 730d, which is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine, producing 260 HP (265 PS) and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque, which according to Mat Watson of Carwow (who couldn’t help but make fun of the car’s grille) is probably all you’ll ever need as it offers plenty of pick up during acceleration, and in a very smooth manner no less.

Would you take it over an S-Class or an A8 though?


  • LJ

    Saw one on my commute the other day… the grille isn’t nearly as bad in person as it appears to be in pictures. Sharp looking car.

    • Jason Panamera

      Car looks better in real life than in photos. Same thing with new CLS.

      • botornot387

        same thing with most modern cars. and the ones that photograph well usually look funky in person.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        The CLS was a surprise as well to me.
        The new grilled 7 looks better in ///M Sport though, I really thought the non M Sport would look good too but I didn’t like it as much.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    “Would you take it over an S-Class or an A8 though?”

    Never in a million years.

    The S Class is the bar in this segment. The 7 Series is not only hideous now, but it doesn’t come close.

    • Rivaldo

      You saw one in real life ? The 7 series is very close to S class.

      • PK

        something a barcelona fan would say. “the 7 series is very close to s class”. that’s like saying barcelona’s champions league titles is very close to real madrid’s 13 ucl titles lmfao!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The S class is overrated. Very plasticky and cheap inside. Gaudy and a bit tasteless too. Exterior design is not bad though.

      • Merc1

        Overrated how?


        • Andrewthecarguy

          Your handle is Merc1. No matter what I say, you will disagree, if it is not in favor of the S class lol.
          But yeah, “cheap and plasticky” “gaudy” etc.
          Exterior design is nice though

        • Cobrajet

          Because it has been the most popular for the longest time.

      • Dmitry Semenov

        Come on, S-class is gorgeous inside. Materials, fresh design (in/out), excellent audio. It feels luxury and premium. 5-7-8 Series is just the same sausage, but different length. 7 Series interior is stagnant for maaaany years. New S class was a revolution compared to previous S class.

        And 7 Series? I can’t even call it “evolution”, just minor touches here and there…..not to mention reliability issues. My sister has 2 BMWs – they visit maintenance shop a lot more than I do. My MB S class had 1 unplanned shop visit in 4 years lease, they visited the maintenance 7 times during the same time (model 3 and X5) – door problems, door handle problems, noises, failed equipment…etc.

        Maybe they got 2 lemons, but I would not buy any BMW seeing how low QA is on them.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Bruv. Spend time in both and you’ll know. Both are guilty of sharing the same interior. The BMW’s will look good a decade from now whereas the Benz will look like a Hello Kitty plastic garbage. Every reviewer talks about the cheap materials in the Mercedes. Even the video above said it. S class was a revolution yes, but the wrong kind. Any car will have problems depending on where you bought it and who is operating it. Let’s not talk about Merc popping fuses and sudden heater deaths. Or unnecessary over the top tech that cost thousands to replace (ABC for example).

          Anyhoo, one is a driver’s car, one is a poser’s car. I’m a driver. Won’t call you a poser, but not everyone is born with the ability so no qualms yo 🙂

      • Mynameis Taylor

        the S class is far from being overrrated. It’s the car THEY ALLLL aim to beat.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Aim to beat? Sure, 3 DECADES ago.
          S560 makes 463 hp while 750 makes 523 hp. More torque too. 0-60 under 4 seconds.
          S class has an antiquated infotainment system, no touch capability either.
          Leather was not standard on the S for many years, a so called luxury standard.
          Shall I continue?

          You can keep regurgitating what dumb supposed auto journos say or you can see for yourself.

          Again, the 7 is the better car for people who appreciate driving pleasure.

  • botornot387

    would easily take it over the S Class, which is overrated. The A8 would be a toss up. I would like to drive both, but prefer the front end of the BMW and the rear of the A8. This particular generation of the 7 series is really impressive though!

    • Smile Bank

      S-Class overrated?? Are you seriousss?

      • botornot387

        Yes, I typed it, didn’t I.

  • Enter Ranting

    What’s with the Lexus tail lights? And the Cadillac CUE touch controls?! I’ve been in a Genesis with a nicer interior. Ponderous exterior styling, and tons of useless tech. The Ultimate Gimmick Machine.

  • Daniela Wolf

    9/10 of all euroepan A8/S-Class/7-series are sold as DIESEL

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