Back Seat Features - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW 750i: Back Seat Features

August 24, 2009

BMW 750i back seat

I ventured up to Santa Barbara on Saturday to have lunch with my vacationing parents, then ferry them down to LAX afterward. To their pleasant surprise, I showed up in our long-term BMW 750i -- a rather significant improvement over the Kia Amanti rental car they'd been tooling around in. Although our long termer isn't the extended wheelbase 750Li, it should come as no surprise that it still managed to provide tons of space (even with the seats set for my 6-foot-3 self and 6-foot Dad).

Here are some of the features they had at their disposal in the back seat of our 750, which includes the Luxury Seating Package (ventilated front seats, power rear and rear-side sunshades, adjustable driver seat bolsters, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel).

1) BMW 750i rear seat controls 2) BMW 750i secondary air vents 3) BMW 750i rear seat cupholders and arm rest bin

1) Every 750i comes standard with quad-zone automatic climate control, which includes rear seat controls that mirror those up front. Thanks to an ALL button (a new feature for BMW), all temperatures can be synced. The Luxury Seating and Climate packages include three-level heated rear seats. Below, you can see the two cigarette lighters and power points.

2) These vents in the B-pillars do a better job of keeping your face cool than the center console ones. It's nice to have both.

3) The rear seat features a huge armrest with a flip-up cubby and slide-out cupholders.

4) BMW 750i Side Window Screen 5) BMW 750i Rear Window Screen 6) BMW 750i side window and screen switches

4) The rear windows can be covered with these power screens to keep the sun and paparazzi blocked. My parents don't have the latter problem.

5) The rear screen can be controled from the back or from the driver's window switch area.

6) Both sides of the back seat feature controls for both side screens and rear screen. There's also an ash tray, which you can see in the lower left.

Had we gone with the 750Li, we could have opted for the Luxury Rear Seating Package, which includes multi-adjustable and ventilated rear seats. We also could have had a rear-seat entertainment system on either 750i or Li. Oh well, my folks didn't seem to complain.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 14,879 miles

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