Four-place bliss - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW 750i: Four-place bliss

July 08, 2009

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Our 2009 BMW 750i pulled shuttling duty again this weekend, as I'd family in town keen on hitting some of the sights. With as much four-up running as our 750i has had in the past few weeks, you're probably wondering if we're pinning away for the 750iL and it's more capacious back seat.

After last week's run up to San Luis Obispo, I was thrilled to snag the 750i again, as few machines have the sort of impact to impress out of towners. On the San Luis escapade, the 750i's back seat was plenty spacious with front seat passengers setting their perches at a comfortable distance from the dash, but not pushed back into another zip code. With no one in the cabin over six feet, there was plenty of stretch-out room for all.

With my bro (6'2") and nephew (6'0") in town, they were plenty comfy in the back seat with me (5'10") behind the wheel, and my better half (5'4") scooting the passenger perch up just a bit, but still far enough away so that her feet couldn't reach the firewall even if she stretched her legs out. So with an average mix of folk in the car, the 750i is still plenty spacious for all-day tours from Venice Beach up to Hollywood. If your family is all basketball players, you'll want the 750iL, which has stretch out room for all but the lankiest of passengers at every seating position.

Back seat accommodations received high ranks from the Seredynski men, especially the long and wide center armrest divide, which gave my nephew his own throne like-space in which to enjoy to his iPod. The rear windows dive towards the beltline, but the small pane in front of the C-pillar gives excellent outward visibility. They were cheered by the individual climate control stack and heated seats for rear passengers, but after hearing the 750i's price tag, wondered aloud why they didn't get the same super slick cooled seats as the front of the cabin. I tried to explain that those are only available on the 750iL, but there's just no pleasing family...

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor, @ 12,043 miles.

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