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Super-luxurious BMW 750Li pampers but is no longer the ultimate driving machine

Consumer Reports News: July 26, 2012 04:38 PM

When you spend nearly $100,000 on a luxury sedan, you expect perfection. And this mammoth BMW 750Li, well, isn't perfect.

The 7-Series has long had a reputation for being the driver's choice among elite sedans. But after living with and testing this extended-wheelbase 750Li, we found the pampering sedan comes up short of expectations.

Sure, the abundant power from the 400-hp, turbocharged V8, vault-like solidity, and spoiling amenities (seat massager!) impress. However, the confounding controls are frustrating, and the rear seat—while roomy for two—can't hold three comfortably.

More significantly, the 750Li is no longer as agile and athletic as its predecessors. Now that torch has been passed to the sportier feeling and more fun-to-drive Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, and Porsche Panamera. You may also expect a magic carpet ride of comfort as a result of this transition, but, alas, no. The big 7 does not possess the ride quality of the Lexus LS or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The so-called "Ultimate Driving Machine" falls well short of the best in this class, with a bewildering ungainly feel.

To make matters worse, its predicted owner costs would make even a Wall Street banker blush.

Sure, its showroom appeal is undeniable, but like any big investment, the 7 warrants deep research and hard thinking before buying.

Learn more about the BMW 7-Series in the video below, and check out our detailed road test for specific findings.

Updated: 8/1/2012 with revised video.

Jeff Bartlett

   

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