Review: 2010 BMW 750Li xDrive – Businessweek

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Review: 2010 BMW 750Li

There are numerous excellent luxury sedans on the market, but the BMW remains the model to beat.

of BMW’s (BMW:GR ) flagship sedans. the 750i and the longer, 750Li, are marvelous vehicles. The of the 750Li is that it’s in. long, nearly half-a-foot than the 750i, with all the extra space going to rear legroom to 44.3 in. you’re taller than Bryant, that’s space to

Belying its size, the 750Li almost as nimble as the much BMW 335i, one of the best-handling cars And in snow and on ice, BMW’s all-wheel-drive system—added to the new 7 Series for the car remarkably sure-footed. I test-drove the xDrive during the huge that hit the East Coast in February, so I should know.

the new BMW 7s aren’t cheap. The 750i at $83,875 and the 750Li at $87,775 (in cases including a $1,000 tax). Add $3,000 to either for xDrive, plus an additional in gas-guzzler taxes.

If you’re into speed, there’s a 760Li with a gigantic 12-cylinder engine, but that the starting sticker to $139,975 $2,100 in gas-guzzler taxes).

The main reservation I have this car is whether to wait for the new and 740Li to come out this as 2011 models. They’ll be to the 750s except that be powered by a twin-turbocharged, 315-horsepower six-cylinder engine and will at $71,025 and $75,425, respectively. a lot less money but it’s not they’ll have the same

To me, the turbocharged 4.4-liter, 400-horsepower V8 comes standard in the 750i and seems like the ideal for a car this size. Coupled a six-speed automatic transmission, it an incredible 450 lb.-ft. of torque, is enough low-end power to even the heavy (4,861 750Li xDrive take off a bat out of hell.

Predictably, fuel isn’t great. Mileage range from 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the (17 on average) for the 750i, to 14/20 (16 on for the 750Li with xDrive. slightly below Daimler’s ) Mercedes-Benz S550 4matic, averages 17 mpg, as well as (VOW:GR ) Audi A8 L Quattro and (TM ) all-wheel-drive Lexus 460L, of which average 18.

However, BMW drivers can probably the averages if they try. One of the in the new 7 Series is a regenerative braking that recovers energy and it in the battery, much as a hybrid does. My test car averaged than 17 mpg in mixed driving, than 1 mpg above its rating, because I watched the Eco gauge and gradually to maximize energy

Sales of the BMW 7 Series seem to be up. The total sold during two months of this year was almost exactly the same as in the two months of 2008, when the was in much better shape.

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I can’t say enough things about the driving of the 750Li with xDrive, on dry pavement and in winter weather. (considering that all-wheel adds weight), both the and 750Li are one-tenth of a second in accelerating from zero to 60 xDrive than without it, to BMW. I clocked my test car at a 5.1 seconds, exactly the time BMW it at (and about as fast as the

Handling is excellent. The latest of xDrive varies the distribution of between the front and rear as needed. The system anticipates that might cause the to slip and compensates by sending up to 80% of to the rear wheels, as well as by braking the inside rear while sending extra to the outside rear wheel.

In addition, the suspension has been with active front- and anti-roll bars. All of this the car level in hard cornering and to eliminate understeer (slippage of the tires during cornering).

The distributes power to keep the from spinning in almost any situation. My test vehicle did at everything from powering 5 in. of new-fallen snow to climbing a country road rutted ice. The only time I close to getting in trouble was I headed down into a driveway in 5 in. of snow to turn

The interior of the new 7 Series is similar to BMW interiors: crisp, clean, and made, but a little plain. BMW has the complexities that once its iDrive system so annoying; are the days when you had to consult a to figure out how to tune the radio. functions can now be done using knobs, as well as screen

Screen commands are more too, so you can easily learn to use the system by trial and error.

The high-tech options available on the 7 also work intuitively and For instance, you can move among the ride settings (from to Sport Plus) with the of a switch, and there’s a noticeable between each setting. a button to turn on and off the heads-up a $1,300 option that’s useful because it projects system instructions, as well as readings, out in front of the driver.

I a big fan of the $2,600 night-vision system, shows the road as far as 1,000 ft. in gray tones on the navigation BMW bills the system as having a warning feature, but what it does is use an infrared camera to anything warm up ahead. glow on the screen when a is in use.

So do cars with engines running (parked don’t because their and exhaust systems are cold).

human beings and animals as deer) glow much than anything else. you learn to pick out people and as much as 200 or 250 yards ahead, they appear only as bright spots. I spied stepping into the road to unshoveled sidewalks, as well as a in the forest as I went around a after dark.

The system is a big help on a two-lane when oncoming headlights obscure your vision; you can see on the what’s ahead in your I also think it would be in avoiding pets, as well as and other wildlife on country

Buy It or Bag It?

My basic advice: Buy it! (Assuming you can it.) It’s a great I also advise paying an $3,000 for xDrive if you live near the snowbelt, and an extra grand for the extra roominess of the Check out the techie options,

Most buyers do, which is why the with xDrive sells for an of $95,790, according to the Power Network (PIN).

However, crazy to pay so much for a car without the competition. A logical alternative is S550 4Matic, which for 98 grand, on average, according to It has a less sporty ride and a luxurious interior than the If money is no object, consider the new Panamera 4S, which sells for an $110,552.

It’s roomy and very but ungainly looking.

If that’s too wait until the new BMW 740Li out. Its $75,425 starting puts it well in the same as competitors such as the Audi A8 L 4.2 and the stunning new 2011 Jaguar The A8 starts at $79,225 and the XJL at just (though it doesn’t come AWD).

The best bargain in the is the all-wheel-drive Lexus LS 460 L, which at $75,325, well-loaded, but seems next to its German rivals. (F ) Lincoln Town Car and General Cadillac DTS sell for under but aren’t in the same class.

line: Whether you buy now or wait, the is going to be hard to beat.

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