A Comprehensive Guide On Features, Specs, And Pricing


2024 BMW i7

The BMW i7 is the Bavarian brand’s valiant attempt at creating an all-electric luxury sedan the embraces the future of electromobility while maintaining the brand’s core design philosophies of being a driver-engaging car. Three state-of-tune options are available to choose from, starting with the single-motor rear-wheel drive eDrive50, followed by the dual-motor all-wheel drive xDrive60 M Sport and flagship M70 xDrive. The i7 is the best the brand has to offer those wanting quiet performance and luxury.

Model
BMW i7

Torque
480-810 LB-FT

Range
298 to 321 Miles

Transmission
Single-speed automatic

Driveline
RWD, AWD

Charge Time
10 Hours 15 Minutes (AC)

Towing Capacity
1,654 pounds

0-60 MPH
5.3-3.5 seconds
Pros
  • Intruiging exterior design
  • World-class interior experience
  • Enjoyable selection of EV drivetrains
  • Highly customizable configurator
  • Amazing comfort levels
Cons
  • Range heavily impacted on highways
  • Overwhelming digital features
  • Heavy weight evident through corners
  • Much more costly than the ICE 7 Series

The BMW i7 is the ultimate form of electrified luxury from the Bavarian brand and marks a monumental step forward in its global EV endeavors. The luxury EV sedan was subject to years of grueling development and testing to ensure comfort, performance, and reliability, making it a superior alternative to the ICE-powered 7 Series models. The luxury EV sedan segment is one being tackled by numerous American and European manufacturers. Despite it being a highly niche and exclusive market, there’s a noteworthy demand for these quiet, efficient, and potent products.



BMW keeps the i7 range very focused, but there is a good level of diversity you can enjoy, with multiple drivetrain and power output options. There isn’t a lot of competition in the luxury electric full-size sedan market, so the i7 has a considerable advantage. Electric cars are also rising in demand, and many consumers are showing a tendency to want to spend more on exclusive cars, so this may be the most competitive iteration of the 7 Series introduced to the American market.

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In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from websites and other authoritative sources, including BMW, Car and Driver, the EPA, and other reputable sources that have hands-on experience or perform independent testing.


What’s New For 2024?

BMW introduces the new flagship M70 drivetrain, utilizing a 650-horsepower dual-motor configuration. This is not an outright M-Power vehicle, but it benefits from technology that the division has developed, resulting in a claimed 3.5-second 0-60 MPH time. A new base rear-wheel drive eDrive50 option joins this with a modest 449-horsepower output. There’s also a new VR9-grade armored Protection package for all drivetrain options. The interior camera is not standard fitment for all trims.

2024 Highlights

  • All-new M-developed M70 powertrain option
  • M Launch Control and M Sport Boost systems
  • Entry-level rear-wheel drive eDrive50 derivative
  • VR9 Protection armored specification
  • Standard interior camera

Exterior Dimensions

Length

212.2 Inches

Width

76.8 Inches

Height

60.8 Inches

Wheelbase

126.6 Inches

Front Track

65.6 Inches

Rear Track

64.8 Inches

Curb Weight

5,975 Pounds

(Specifications sourced from BMW)

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Specifications And Performance

BMW i7 M70
BMW 

BMW prioritizes performance across all specification lines. The all-new base eDrive50 option features a single-excited synchronous motor mounted to the rear axle, resulting in a 449-horsepower and 479-pound-feet power output. BMW claims this drivetrain sprints from 0-60 MPH in 5.3 seconds and hits a limited 127-MPH top speed. There aren’t any road tests of this derivative currently available, so we don’t have a realistic idea of how fast this model is.

The xDrive60 is more performance-focused, as it adopts a pair of excited synchronous motor on the front and rear axles, equating to a combined 536 horsepower and 549 pound-feet output. BMW claims a 4.5-second 0-60 MPH time, but tests clarify that 4.1 seconds is a very achievable time. BMW caps top speed at a slightly higher 149 MPH. The flagship M70 xDrive takes these same motors and increases the output to 650 horsepower and 811 pound-feet. This flagship offering sprints from 0-60 MPH in a claimed 3.5 seconds.

BMW M only improved the mechanical properties of the rear motor by doubling the inverter phase and increasing the length of the motor by 0.8 inches. The aforementioned torque output is only limited to 10 seconds when using the EV’s boost mode or launch control system. Under normal driving circumstances, BMW limits twisting force to 748 pound-feet. BMW M also accentuates performance by improving the chassis and brakes.

Performance Specifications

eDrive50

xDrive60

M70 xDrive

Powertrain

Single-excited synchronous motor

Dual-excited synchronous motor

Dual-excited synchronous motor

Horsepower

449 HP

536 HP

650 HP

Torque

479 LB-FT

549 LB-FT

811 LB-FT

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Single-Speed Automatic

Single-Speed Automatic

Battery

101.7 kWh Net

101.7 kWh Net

101.7 kWh Net

Range

311-321 Miles

298-317 Miles

274-291 Miles

Fuel Economy

88-90 MPGe

84-90 MPGe

77-81 MPGe

0-60 MPH

5.3 Seconds

4.5 Seconds

3.5 Seconds

Top Speed

127 MPH

149 MPH

155 MPH

(Specifications sourced from BMW and the EPA)

The BMW i7 weighs almost 6,000 pounds, but critics praise all derivatives for their poised handling characteristics and plush ride. Interestingly, the eDrive50 isn’t the most efficient model in the range. The eDrive50 with 19-inch wheels is the most efficient model of the drivetrain, with a 90 MPGe combined consumption estimate.

This worsens to 88 MPGe with the 20-inch wheels. The xDrive60 achieves the same 90 MPGe estimate with the 19-inch wheels, but 20-inch wheels result in an 84 MPGe claim. The M70 is the worst of the lot, as its combined estimate ranges from 77-81 MPGe, depending on wheel size.

BMW i7 Charging Time And Range

BMW i7 xDrive60 parked
BMW

All BMW i7 derivatives feature the same 101.7 kWh battery pack, with range estimates varying between 274 and 321 miles. Using a standard Level One 110-volt plug point, it takes up to 70 hours to charge from empty to full. A 9.6 kW Level Two 220-volt charger decreases this time to 11 hours, but if you upgrade to an 11 kW box, it can reduce the time to 10 hours. A normal 50 kW direct current fast charger takes two and a half hours to charge from 10 to 80 percent, but a 250 kW system reduces this to 36 minutes.

BMW i7 Charging Times

Range

274-321 miles

Level 1 AC 110V Charging time (0-100%)

70 Hours

Level 2 AC 220V Charging time (0-100%)

11 Hours

Level 3 DC 440V Charging time (10-80%)

36 Minutes

(Specifications sourced from BMW and the EPA)

All BMW i7 models come standard with a flexible fast charger with a carrier bag with a NEMA-14 adapter and Wallbox. Qmerit installs this Wallbox at your home for $2,000. You also get three years of complementary charging at all Electrify America stations, for 10 minutes at a time.

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Interior Technology, Luxury, And Comfort

Best Interior Features Of The Year Make Model

  • Extended Merino leather upholstery
  • BMW Curved Display, including configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.9-inch central information display
  • Quad-zone climate control
  • Electronically adjustable, heated, ventilated, and memory front seats
  • Multi-color ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

There is no shortage of interior comfort, convenience, and entertainment features in the BMW i7 range. All drivetrain options come standard with power multi-function front seats with power adjustment functions for shoulder support and thigh support, plus two-way manual lateral adjustment for the comfort headrest, and memory system for the front passenger seat. These seats are also heated and ventilated with memory and massaging functions.

You also get quad-zone climate control with a nano-particle filtration system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, LED-lit floormats. For the sake of comfort in cold conditions, the heating system extends to the multifunction steering wheel, rear seats, door cards, and instrument panels.

Standard Extended Merino leather upholstery choices consist of Amarone, Smoke White, Black and Atlas Gray combination, Mocha, Black, and Tartufo. Full Merino leather upholstery costs $5,450 and grants access to the Caramel and Atlas Gray and Taupe Gray and Night Blue combinations. Standard interior trim options include Carbon Fiber, Fineline Black, and Mirror Oak High Gloss. Open pore wood options include Silver Gray Ash Grain, Fineline, and Silver Ash Root, the latter of which must include the Premium Package and Driver Assistance Professional Package.

The $3,700 Executive package includes automatic doors, front seat massages and Swarovski crystal headlights. $1,500 gets you the Luxury Rear Seating Package, including rear ventilated and massaging seats. Individual options consist of a $950 Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, but this is standard on the xDrive60 and M70.

Technology

BMW i7 Interior
BMW

The BMW i7 is a highly tech-focused EV sedan. Its primary fitment is the single-unit BMW Curved Display, which includes a configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central information display. This screen grants you access to all BMW ConnectedDrive and Connected Package Professional features, including the My BMW App functions, Real-Time traffic updates, and more. It also accommodates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 5G eSIM.

Other technological features include a wireless smartphone charger, and a Bowers and Wilkins Surround Sound System. You can upgrade this to the 32-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound for System $4,800. The famous 8K 31-inch rear-bench BMW Theatre Screen costs $4,750.

Interior Dimensions

Front

Rear

Headroom

39.8 Inches

39.8 Inches

Legroom

41.2 Inches

42.8 Inches

Shoulder Room

61.0 Inches

56.3 Inches

Cargo Capacity

N/A

17.7 Cu.Ft.

(Specifications sourced from BMW)

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Safety And Reliability

Frozen Deep Grey BMW i7 xDrive60
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Standard safety inclusions for all models consist of BMW’s Active Protection System, which detects imminent accidents, and then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and sunroof, and activating post-crash braking. This also includes includes a Fatigue and Focus Alert feature. There’s also a front and rear head protection system, and airbags for the driver, front passenger, knees, curtains, and sides.

The IIHS and NHTSA have not crash-tested the i7 range, which is a common occurrence for cars of this value. It currently doesn’t fare too well on the reliability front, as the range is currently subject to seven recalls relating to the hands-on detection system, windshield wipers, an improperly welded front seat, disabled front passenger airbags, a faulty battery ECU, and location positioning issues.

Driver Assistance Features

All BMW i7 models include the Active Driving Assistant, which covers the frontal collision warning, active blind spot detection, lane departure warning with intervention systems, and speed limit information. Adaptive cruise control is also included as standard.

  • Frontal collision warning and autonomous emergency braking
  • Active blind spot detection and intervention
  • Lane departure warning and keep assist
  • Adaptive dynamic cruise control with speed limit information

The $2,500 Driving Assistance Professional Package includes the Active Driving Assistant Pro and Highway assist features, providing a near-autonomous driving experience in authorized environments. BMW locks the Parking Assistant Professional and the Surround 3D View system in the $1,750 Premium package.

  • Recalls (NHTSA): 7
  • NHTSA Investigations: 0
  • NHTSA Consumer Complaints: There is one complaint for the i7’s door lock system
  • Awards: N/A

Warranties

All BMW i7 models come standard with the brand’s Ultimate Care package, together with a 48-month or 50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 12-year and unlimited mileage rust perforation limited warranty, 48-month and unlimited mileage roadside assistance program, and an eight-year or 100,000-mile high-voltage battery warranty. You can increase the BMW Ultimate Care package by up to seven years for $2,749.

Type

Length

Full Warranty

48 Months/50,000 Miles

Powertrain Warranty

Eight Years/100,00 Miles

Maintenance Warranty

36 Months/36,000 Miles

Roadside Warranty

48 Months/Unlimited Miles

Corrosion Warranty

12 Years/Unlimited Miles

Federal Emissions Performance

24 Months/24,000 Miles

Federal Emissions Defect

36 Months/36,000 Miles

Seat Belt And Airbags

120 Months/Unlimited Miles

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2024 BMW i7 Versus Its Competitors

The BMW i7’s main competition is the Mercedes-Benz EQS and Audi E-Tron GT. These are both premium German electric cars, but the EQS focuses more on being a luxurious experience, while the Audi opts for a sportier persona. Both are impressive in their own merits and act as a competitive alternative to BMW’s flagship EV sedan.

How The BMW i7 Compares To The Mercedes-Benz EQS

  • 2024 BMW i7 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS
    Torque 480-810 LB-FT 419 – 800 LB-FT
    Range 298 to 321 Miles 277 – 350 miles
    Transmission Single-speed automatic Single-Speed Automatic
    Driveline RWD, AWD RWD, AWD
    0-60 MPH 5.3-3.5 seconds 5.9 to 3.4 Seconds
    Model BMW i7 Mercedes-Benz EQS
    Charge Time 10 Hours 15 Minutes (AC) 12.75 hours @ 240V
    Engine: Single- or dual-excited synchronous motors Single- or dual-permanent-magnet motors
    MSRP $105,700 $104,400
    Fuel Economy 77-90 MPGe 82-96 MGPe
    Horsepower 449-650 HP 329-751 HP

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is the i7’s most considerable rival. It matches the Bavarian model’s performance specifications across all derivatives and bests its acceleration times, if you exclude the base EQS 350+, which is noticeably underpowered despite having a similar power output. The EQS benefits from better EPA-estimated combined energy consumption figures, which is a huge benefit. Coupling this with a larger battery means that the EQS covers more range on a single charge.

The EQS’s interior experience rivals that of the i7, as it incorporates multiple luxurious touches and materials. It doesn’t have a feature that competes with the i7’s rear screen, but there’s no shortage of impressive, intuitive, and intelligent digital displays. The EQS is also highly praised for its high perceived build quality, but reviewers tend to prefer the i7’s sharper driving characteristics.

How The BMW i7 Compares To The Audi E-Tron GT

  • 2024 BMW i7

    Model
    BMW i7

    Engine:
    Single- or dual-excited synchronous motors

    Torque
    480-810 LB-FT

    Range
    298 to 321 Miles

    Transmission
    Single-speed automatic

    Driveline
    RWD, AWD

    MSRP
    $105,700

    Charge Time
    10 Hours 15 Minutes (AC)

    0-60 MPH
    5.3-3.5 seconds

    Fuel Economy
    77-90 MPGe

    Horsepower
    449-650 HP
  • 2024 Audi e-tron GT

    Model
    Audi E-Tron GT

    Engine:
    Dual-permanent-magnet motors

    Torque
    472-612 LB-FT

    Range
    232-238 miles

    Transmission
    Single-speed automatic

    Driveline
    All-wheel drive

    MSRP
    $106,500

    Charge Time
    10.5 hours @ 240V

    0-60 MPH
    3.9-3.1 seconds

    Fuel Economy
    86 MPGe

    Horsepower
    522-637 HP

The Audi E-Tron is a bit of a left-field match-up compared to the i7. Despite being in the same price range, it is a much more performance-oriented EV sedan, juxtaposing BMW’s luxurious approach. The E-Tron range may be less powerful, but it benefits from much better performance figures and driving characteristics, thanks to a lighter and sharper chassis design.

The cabin is more cramped and features a less-dazzling design, but it appeals to drivers who want to enjoy a minimalist and technical driving experience. Its consumption estimates are on par with the BMW, but the more compact battery pack results in mileage estimates that are nearly 100 miles short of the i7.

How Much The 2024 BMW i7 Costs

The BMW i7 range starts at $105,700 for the eDrive50. the mid-range xDrive60 costs $124,200, while the top-of-the-range M70 xDrive will set you back $168,500. Options not yet mentioned in this feature include the $3,900 M Sport package, which decks the interior and exterior with an array of M Performance visual highlights. Obviously, this is standard on the M70.

Davit Gray and Tanzanie Blue II paints cost $1,950. The Frozen Pure Gray, Frozen Deep Gray, and Frozen Tanzanite Blue paints cost $5,000. The M Sport Professional Package blacks out all the exterior trims for $950. Anthracite Alcantara headliner costs $1,050 and the blue M Sport brake calipers, $650.

Trim Level

Price

eDrive50

$105,700

xDrive60

$124,200

M70 xDrive

$168,500

(Pricing sourced from BMW)

Efficiency

eDrive50

xDrive60

M70 xDrive

Range

311-321 Miles

298-317 Miles

274-291 Miles

MPGe

88-90 MPGe

84-90 MPGe

77-81 MPGe

(Data sourced from the EPA)

Is It Worth Buying The BMW i7?

Rear view of the BMW i7 M70 xDrive
BMW

The BMW i7 is a very costly EV option aimed at the one percent, but it justifies this with impressive performance capabilities, good energy consumption returns, and near-unrivaled comfort levels. It also offers a world-class in-cabin experience, especially if you fit the optional equipment to the rear bench. BMW also offers a diverse set of exterior and interior color and material options, allowing you to configure a unique near-bespoke model.

There isn’t a lot of competition positioned in this price segment, so the BMW i7 doesn’t have to fight hard to secure a good market share. BMW has been trailblazing the sales charts across the globe, and there’s little doubt whether its current EV strategy is going in the wrong direction. The i7 is a testament to its dedication to electromobility that does not sacrifice its core principles of making cars that are poised and driver-focused. As for the controversial design, this is an aspect that is totally subjective and follows the philosophy of the rest of its new cars.



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