2008 BMW 760Li

David Yochum

Chassis/Suspension and Driving Dynamics: A pleasant highway cruiser with character

The 7-series steering is precise and the big sedan handles much better than it should. Its nearly 14-inch brakes stop the 5000-lb car with ease - although we'd expect this from a vehicle that starts at just under $125,000. Even though the current 7-series is near the end of its life, it remains one of the best full-size luxury cars to drive. For such a big sedan, body control and steering feel are both superb. Sure, the 7-series rides more firmly than cars like the Lexus LS, but we think that's a good thing. Rolling over cracked, bumpy pavement, passenger comfort is still exemplary.

Conclusion: Not perfect, but it's fast

Putting the 7-series on a short list of today's best premium sedans is a safe bet. Everything inside the car suggests premium luxury. The car's exterior has enough heritage-inspired styling cues that it won't be confused for a Lexus. However, time hasn't been all that kind to the 7-series, and we can't say that we wouldn't rather be driving a newer Mercedes-Benz S-class. Not only does the S-class feature better-looking materials and a cleaner, more ergonomic dash, it feels more solid than the 7-series. Unlike the BMW, the Mercedes also has modern technology that doesn't overwhelm (and annoy) the driver, making it the more pleasant luxury choice. However, if you want (and can afford) a normally aspirated V-12 and all the power that comes with it, head to your local BMW dealer.

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