The interior of the 7-series is gorgeous, but it feels like too many different technologies are in play here. There is a button for nearly every function the car could possibly perform, and then there's iDrive (which made its original debut in this car and still seems to be the least intuitive version). It took longer for me to program the BMW's navigation system than in any vehicle I've tested! The car's interior styling did age well. However, I'd much rather be in the newer Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which has even better materials. And the front seat of a 7-series is a bit more claustrophobic than in the S-Class, perhaps because of all the gadgets.
The V-12 does perform magnificently. Super smooth, super (almost too) quiet. On the road, this car absorbs every bump/pavement crack/crater thrown at it. Like Amy, I found gas mileage to be incredibly poor during a quick trip to Novi.
David Yochum, Assistant Editor