Even More Personalized Drive Settings, Please - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test

2009 BMW 750i: Even More Personalized Drive Settings, Please

July 30, 2009

750i drive settings screen

Every BMW 7 Series comes with Driving Dynamics Control, which alters the car's suspension, steering, throttle, transmission programming and stability control. These are Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. The car always defaults to Normal or Comfort upon start-up, since according to BMW, they didn't want to default the car to one of the more fuel efficient settings. "Bah," I say, but that's not what I'm here to discuss.

Within the Sport mode, you can further program what items are altered to their sport setting. Press the sport button and a display on the iDrive screen pops up informing you of your drive setting change and gives you the option of personalizing your settings further. Do so and you get this screen. It is broken up into drivetrain (throttle calibration and transmission programming) and chassis (steering and suspension).

Unfortunately, I'd like all of these areas to be individually selectable. See, I hate the Normal throttle calibration, but the Sport transmission programming locks out sixth gear and hangs onto revs longer. I don't need that when driving around town. I also prefer the Sport steering effort, but like the Normal suspension.

I'm not convinced you need these settings at all. BMW's were pretty damn good without them and if you want something softer, go buy a Lexus. Still, if you're going to make the effort to give drivers choices, why not go full out?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 13,714 miles

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