- A look that's hard to find unattractive
- Strong, strong acceleration
- Impressive handling (for such a big car)
- Huge back seat (iL especially)
- Wide range of models
- Tech overload
- iDrive still finds foes
- ActiveHybrid 7 should be smoother
- Top 760iL is very exclusive, but doesn't look it
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
Even several years after its release, we still think the BMW 7-Series is among the best-conceived big four-doors on the market, one of the best BMW has produced.
Why? For one, the prior car's awkward looks are gone. The slimmer, more exciting proportions of the current car agreeable to most eyes. Performance is stronger too, and a well-networked set of electronic componentry somehow works magic to assure that the 7-Series drives with the feel we've always associated with BMWs, as if they were much lighter than they are.
If you can spend $70,000 or more on a car, BMW has a 7-Series that will appeal to your fingertips and eyes. Even the base inline-6 sedans are sprightly. V-8s with twin turbos have the gusto to pull off triple-digit autobahn passes-yes, even if you just want the bragging rights. And for those who need to maintain a little more green credibility, the ActiveHybrid 7, with its V-8 and hybrid system, is a particularly strong performer while still earning a 24-mpg highway rating.
Whether you go with the standard-length version or the extended-length (Li) version of the 7-Series, you'll find interior space vast. Long-wheelbase cars dole out chauffeur-ready room for both front and rear-seat passengers, and the ride is about as quiet as you can imagine. And with pretty much every typical luxury-car convenience standard here, the options are left for items like a Head Up Display, night vision, or custom leather and wood trim.
That low-$70,000s 740i climbs to over $135,000 for the range-topping 760Li. The 7-Series covers a wide range of purposes and budgets, but in any of these categories it remains remarkably well designed, tech-savvy, and opulent flagship sedan.