2012 BMW 750

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2012 BMW 750
2012 BMW 750

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Interior quality and luxury
  • Seating comfort
  • Much-improved iDrive system
  • Impressive technology

The bad:

  • Lethargic gas pedal response in Normal mode
  • Nonlinear brakes
  • Persistent drivetrain whine

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2012 BMW 750 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Six-cylinder, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • ActiveHybrid model
  • Alpina B7 model
  • Six- or eight-speed automatics
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Regular and extended-length versions

2012 BMW 750 review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Editor’s note: This review was written in August 2010 about the 2010 BMW 750Li xDrive. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the three model years.

As the 2010 7 Series ebbs into the 2011 with few changes, I spent some time driving the 750Li xDrive. That’s BMW’s long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive version of its flagship sedan.

While I was impressed with the standard-length 750i with rear-wheel drive, the 750Li’s added length and weight sapped any excitement from the driving experience.

Luckily, backseat passengers are cocooned in a level of automotive opulence you don’t routinely find under the six-figure mark.

As a person who routinely chauffeurs and rarely rides in the backseat, I couldn’t recommend any car that so heavily favors the rider instead of the driver.

What Li Gets You
I’m not sure who will be shopping for a long-wheelbase 7 Series. Overseas, they’re the executive car of choice, allowing busy CEOs a space to decompress between board meetings. Perhaps there are enough of these power brokers in the U.S. as well, because I can’t imagine any affluent parent wanting to pamper even the most spoiled child with backseat digs that are far superior to the driver’s in terms of plushness and technological gadgetry.

My test car had option packages checked off en masse. Besides the somewhat pedestrian seat-mounted dual LCD screens that can play a variety of media sources, from DVDs to iPods, there are automatic sunshades on the windows so you can watch a movie even when it’s sunny. No matter what you’re doing back there, though, the seats are what transform a ride in the 750Li into a luxurious undertaking.

Our tester had upgraded rear seats with ventilation, electronic adjustment and a massage feature. Yes, massaging seats. The giant head restraints felt softer than the four pillows I use in my bed. If I had to be chauffeured cross-country, I think I’d be just fine back there.

Driving
I’d feel a bit bad for the driver on that trip, though. While the 400-horsepower, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine is relatively sprightly in the 750i, I thought it was a bit of a laggard while towing all the additional weight that comes with the 750Li’s longer wheelbase and xDrive all-wheel-drive system hardware. All of the driving comfort Mike Hanley mentioned in his review of the 2009 750i is still there, but I found the experience a bit numbing. That may be good for some large luxury sedans, but probably not ones adorned with the letters B, M and W.

The front seats are nearly as comfortable as the rear ones, but the massage feature works just your thighs — and buttocks, I must add — to keep the driver alert.

It’s not a pleasant sensation.

Cargo
The trunk is decently sized, but not as big as you’d expect in a car this mammoth. At 14 cubic feet, it fit our department’s standard-size golf bags that we test in every car, but my personal oversized bag and modern driver (the club, not the chauffeur) wouldn’t fit lengthwise. That means most foursomes wouldn’t be able to load their gear into the 750Li. The trunk is 2.3 cubic feet smaller than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’, and it’s a little smaller than the new Jaguar XJL’s trunk, which measures 15.2 cubic feet.

Safety
The 750Li is outfitted with a full array of airbags, including front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for both rows, and knee airbags. The previous-generation 7 Series offered rear side-impact airbags, but this one doesn’t. It seems an oversight in a car so focused on addressing the needs of backseat passengers.

Advanced features — like adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system, blind spot detection, and even a night-vision feature — are optional.

750Li in the Market
Our 750Li’s as-tested price of $104,000 may make your eyes bulge, but the car is a luxurious limousine that’s still a sizable chunk of change less than a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, which starts at $177,600 — and it’s a lot less ostentatious to boot.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

2012 BMW 750Li xDrive INDIVIDUAL COMPOSITION MODEL

I have been driving BMW's for almost 40 years now and have put well over 500,000 miles on them over the years. I have owned 7 BMW's including a 1982 BMW 320i, a 1985 325e, a 1990 535i 5speed SPORT with BBS WHEELS, a 1998 735i, a 2000 740i SPORT (One of my FAVORITES), a 2008 750Li SPORT, and finally this 2012 BMW 750Li xDrive "INDIVIDUAL COMPOSITION" MODEL (Another one of my FAVORITES). This 2012 is a powerful Beast and yet you are surrounded by LUXURY and COMFORT. BMW's have a BAD REPUTATION for NOT BEING RELIABLE BUT I HAVE FOUND THEM TO BE VERY RELIABLE. NO CAR IS PERFECT BUT I WOULD SAY BMW's COME PRETTY CLOSE WHEN IT COMES TO MECHANICAL REPAIRS. Just perform your regular OIL AND FILTER CHANGES PLUS TUNE-UPS AND YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. I would also recommend purchasing a USED BMW, NOT NEW as they DEPRECIATE BADLY BUT are a VERY GOOD VALUE WHEN PURCHASED USED. I can purchase a used LOADED 7 SERIES like this 2012 with only 60K miles for $20,000 and drive it 100,000 more miles and still SELL IT for $6,000 to $8,000 Dollars. Tell me another loaded luxury car that you can drive 100,000 miles for just $12K to $14K? I LOVE BMW's!!!! THEY ARE GREAT CARS!!!!

5.0

Excellent condition for the year!

You have everything you want, luxury and sport. Incredibly smooth and fast. Both interior and exterior are in amazingly excellent condition. Power everything all the bells and whistles in this luxury CSR!

4.9

Never a problem with it. Lots of power and legroom

Amazing leg room in the back with the LI version. Power everything. Bi Turbo V8... what more can I ask for ??? Perfect driving comfort and performance

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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