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2009 BMW 7-Series Review

This review was written when the 2009 BMW 7-Series was new.

The BMW 7-Series is the super-luxury car for those who love to drive. It offers the handling balance of a sport sedan in the body of a luxury cruiser. From the driver's seat, it may be the best of a very fine class of automobile.

The 7-Series has been entirely redesigned for 2009.

Outside, the changes are obvious. While a sales success, the previous 7 struck many critics as oddly proportioned, with a pointlessly quirky interior design. The new 7 is none of those things. Reviewers agree that BMW's new flagship is a vast improvement over its already-excellent predecessor.

Its sleeker exterior houses an interior filled with advanced electronics and comfortable expanses of leather. But the best seat in any BMW is the driver's seat, and the 7 is no exception. Technological advances like driver-adjustable chassis tuning and four-wheel steering make this the most athletic 4,500-pound luxury car on the market.

It's also the most up-to-date.  Audi's A8, and Jaguar's XJ are both due for updates in 2010 or 2011, but in 2009, the 7-Series is the only all-new super-luxury car, and carries technologies its rivals don't offer.

For 2009, the 7-Series is offered in two trim levels - the 750i and long-wheelbase 750Li. The two are mechanically identical rear-wheel-drive cars powered by a direct-injection, twin-turbocharged V8. All-wheel drive may be an option on future versions of the car, but is not yet on offer. A hybrid version is reportedly in development, but will not reach showrooms in 2009.

  • "This latest, (mostly) all-new version comes to the U.S. in the spring of 2009 as a leading contender for the gold, reflecting the skills of the pentathlete with its unerring velocity, crisp footwork and quick reflexes, command of the elements, muscular elegance, and swift endurance. However, the large and lithe sedan also can do it all without breaking a sweat." - Motor Trend
  • "If the last 7-series was BMW's best-selling 7-series ever, there's little doubt that this one will do even better. After all, it's vastly better looking and infinitely easier to use ...Until then, we can heave a sigh of relief that BMW has finally admitted -- without admitting anything at all-that the old 7-series was deeply flawed. And fixed the new one." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Yes, the new 7 is faster, nimbler and more fun than any plus-size sedan has a right to be. But with all due respect to the Bavarian engineering on display, that's almost an easy birdie on the BMW course. More surprisingly, the big BMW has ditched its misanthropic ways to embrace anyone in its rich presence." - New York Times
  • "For those seeking flagship Bimmer luxury and technology, the company has revamped its top-dog BMW 7 Series for 2009. The fifth-generation 750i, as well as the 750Li version with its longer wheelbase, boast more electronic advancements-not to mention outright luxury-than any BMW ever." - Popular Mechanics
Review Last Updated: 10/5/09

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