Among ultra-luxury sedans, the BMW 7 Series has always played second fiddle to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Fully redesigned for 2016, the new 7 is lighter and nimbler, with an impressively steady ride. The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder. Our typically equipped 750i, with the polished and punchy 445-hp, 4.4-liter turbo V8 and all-wheel drive, rang in at $110,645. The luxurious interior is super quiet, with impeccable attention to detail and supremely comfortable seats. Rear-seat dignitaries enjoy a ton of room, a massage feature, and the ability to control climate, audio, and sunshades. Interior quality is superb, with the wood, leather, suede, and aluminum trim delivering a modern ambiance without looking glitzy.
This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.