Among ultraluxury sedans, the BMW 7 Series has always played second fiddle to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
But the current 7 aced our tests, with an impressively steady ride, a silky-smooth powertrain, good handling, and a sumptuous cabin.
The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine.
Our 750i, with the polished and punchy 523-hp, 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 and all-wheel drive was quick and yielded decent fuel economy.
Although the controls have a steep learning curve, they prove to be logical once mastered.
The luxurious interior is super-quiet, with impeccable attention to detail and supremely comfortable seats, including a massage feature.
Interior quality is superb, with the wood, leather, suede, and aluminum trim delivering a modern ambience without looking glitzy.