What used BMW 7 Series saloon will I get for my budget?
Entrance to the 7 Series’ club starts at around £23,000, 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 £25,000 and £30,000 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 £30,000 to £35,000 on 2017 cars, and between £35,000 and £40,000 on a good 2018 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.
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. Insurance groups are high at between 44 and 50, while servicing at a BMW main dealer is expensive.