2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test

2009 BMW 750i: Not Missing the "L"

May 27, 2009


My parents were in town over the holiday weekend, so I made the not very adventurous choice of requesting our long-term BMW 750i. Honestly, my family was due a little $90K kindness; last time I made them ride in our departed Scion xB.

I've always liked 7 Series backseats, because of one of my relatives used to own a '98 740iL, which had a positively expansive rear seat. But my parents are tall -- 5'-10" and 6'-2" -- and our BMW 7 Series is just the regular-wheelbase model. Would it be enough? In my family, we don't keep mild discomfort to ourselves -- we complain loudly.

The answer is yes. They loved it back there. Ample legroom. Ample headroom. And they couldn't stop talking about the luxurious accommodations. (Actually, as luxury-sedan rear seats go, the 750i is a little basic in its amenities: discrete climate controls plus heated seats. If you want ventilated seats or power adjustments, you'll need a 750Li with the Luxury Seating Package.)

After this weekend, I'm not sure I'd ever order up a 750Li, unless there were 7-footers in my family. The 750i is perfectly adequate in back, and looking at the specs, it's easy to see why.

1998 BMW 740iL -- wheelbase: 120.9 in., rear legroom: 41.9 in.
2009 BMW 750i -- wheelbase: 120.9 in., rear legroom: 38.4 in.
2009 BMW 750Li -- wheelbase: 126.4 in., rear legroom: 44.3 in.

So, yeah, our '09 750i has the same wheelbase as a LWB 7 Series of two generations ago.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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