Because I was planning on logging 300 or so mostly freeway miles over the Easter weekend, I made sure to sign out the BMW 750Li, knowing that it would be a comfortable long-distance cruiser. I wasn't disappointed. The cabin is not only comfortable, it's utterly luxurious, with highly polished wood trim that sweeps gracefully across the dashboard, supple leather upholstery, and lots of technological goodies, including a premium sound system, a rear-seat entertainment package, night vision, satellite radio, etc., etc. (In fact, this particular vehicle had almost $20,000 of upgrades, an astronomical sum in a car that already stickers at around $85,000.)
This 7-series was shod with the nineteen-inch wheels, and while they didn't seem to have a detrimental effect on the ride quality (I'd have to drive it back-to-back with our Four Seasons 7-series to compare more closely), I did notice that there was more road noise coming into the cabin than I expected. I simply dealt with it by upping the volume on the premium stereo.
As for various controls in the cabin, I find that I'm finally getting used to the BMW automatic transmission shifter. It took me some time to get used to the fact that I had to push the shift lever forward to put the car into reverse, but I suppose that if I drove it every day, it would be fairly easy to get used to. As Phil Floraday mentioned above, this generation of iDrive controller is much easier to use than the previous iteration. In addition, the instrument cluster in front of the driver-speedometer, tachometer, gas gauge, and temperature gauge-are among the cleanest and easiest to read in the business.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor