2019 BMW 7 Series 745e - verdict
It's all change for the plug-in hybrid BMW 7 Series as the 745e arrives with two more cylinders and a denser battery. Can this and a facelift raise its standing in the luxury car class?...
With official CO2 emissions sneaking below 50g/km, the 745e is simply the 7 Series to have for company car drivers. No other model in the range comes close to matching its efficiency, and its boot capacity is only slightly compromised by the battery pack.
And even if BIK tax rates are of little or no importance to you, this plug-in hybrid makes a supremely strong case for itself. With six-cylinder power, never does it want for performance, despite the added weight of the electrical components, and electric driving at town speeds only serves to heighten the sense of luxury.
More broadly, this update has raised the 7 Series’ game. It rides better than before, it's quieter on the move and it continues to handle keenly for a car of its size. So, it deserves serious consideration.
2019 BMW 7 Series 745e specifications
Price £76,815 Engine 6-cyls, 2998cc, turbocharged, petrol, plus synchronous electric motor Power 389bhp @ 5000-6000rpm Torque 443lb ft @ 1500-3500 Gearbox 8-spd automatic Top speed 155mph 0-62mph 5.2sec Fuel economy 134.5mpg (WLTP combined) CO2 rating 48-52g/km Tax band 13%