The biggest problem with $100,000 vehicles is that they don't actually have any problems. Reviews turn into a license to split hairs and usually make the slightest difference between these über-sedans seem like the end of the world.
To keep things simple, I'll remind you that the 7-series is an amazing vehicle that would be perfectly comfortable for crossing a continent even if you were permitted to stop only for food, fuel, and restroom breaks. However, I don't feel special driving a 7-series in the same way I do while I'm behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz S-class or even the last-generation Jaguar XJ. In this class, the intangible feeling you experience behind the wheel counts much more than any of the very minor differences in power, acceleration, or optional features among the brands. For that reason, I just can't walk away from a 7-series and say that I'm longing for another chance behind the wheel.
Perhaps my familiarity with the 7-series (thanks to our lovely Four Seasons test car) is the reason it doesn't feel so special right now. A little time apart may just make my heart grow fonder, as the saying goes.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor