What used BMW 7 Series saloon will I get for my budget?
Entrance to the 7 Series’ club starts at around £21,000, this for an early 2015 car with an average to high mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from an independent dealer. Up the folding stuff to between £21,000 and £25,000 and you should find good 2016 models, again with an average mileage and a full history from an independent or franchised dealer, this representing a good saving on the new price. Look to spend £25,000 to £30,000 on 2017 cars, and between £30,000 and £35,000 on a good 2018 car. You'll need upwards of £35,000 to buy a post-facelift 2019 or 2020 car.
How much does it cost to run a BMW 7 Series saloon?
If you ignore the outrageous claimed fuel economy figure of the petrol-electric hybrid model, the 740e, which claims 134.5mpg, under the old NEDC tests, a figure one is unlikely to see in real-world conditions, it’s the 730d diesel that is the cheapest to run of the models currently available used, at a claimed 60.1mpg in its best trim. However, the latest 7 Series features the 725d, a newer model that features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that claims 61.4mpg in its most economical version. The 740d will claim 55.4mpg, and the 740Li petrol 41.5mpg, while the swift petrol 750i averages 35.3mpg.
The later post-facelift 7 Series was tested under the newer WLTP tests, where the 730d MHT averages 50.4mpg, the 730d xDrive 47.1mpg, the 7401 35.8mpg, the 745e 156.9mpg and the 750i 26.9mpg.
All 7 Series registered after April 2017 will attract a premium payment on top of the standard road tax, as they all cost more than £40,000 new. Cars registered before will have commensurately high annual road tax as they have relatively high CO2 figures. Current road tax costs are £150 a year, and luxury car tax £325 a year. Insurance groups are high at between 44 and 50, while servicing at a BMW main dealer is expensive.