Used BMW 7-Series (2008 - 2015) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 26 Nov 2012
This BMW 7-Series may look less controversial than the model that was launched in 2002, but that doesn't mean that it's any less revolutionary. There are no carry-over components from the previous car and this 7-Series has a softer and more elegant look to it.
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Running costs

Incredibly the 730d doesn't fall into the highest tax band and will actually pay as much road tax as some family saloons - such is the effort that BMW has put into fuel efficiency. But that's not much comfort if you've bought new as depreciation is heavy - expect 70 per cent (or more) of the car's value to be wiped off in the first three years. All engines deliver good fuel consumption for a car of this size, though the 750i will still only return 25mpg.

Insurance is reasonable, though parts and servicing can be pricey, but the 7-Series is fitted with bumpers that 'regenerate' back to their original shape after low-speed impacts (up to 2.5mph), keeping the repair bill for parking knocks down.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,338 - £2,230 *


£991 - £1,239 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

As indicated by onboard computer.


Three years/unlimited miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£165.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Impressive progress has been made in order to make the biggest BMW saloon as clean as possible. As a result the 730d is the first car of its type to emit less than 200g/km of CO2. Weight has been reduced by 55kg and a lighter car means a more greener one. The new engines are significantly more fuel efficient before thanks to improvements to the engines themselves and the introduction of Efficient Dynamics to the 7-Series for the first time.

Efficient Dynamics is a package of energy saving measures, including capturing otherwise lost braking energy and making the car more aerodynamically efficient, that lower CO2 emissions and increase mpg.

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