2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Simplified Interior

April 09, 2009

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In years past, I knew I should expect a fair amount of aggravation when getting into a high-end German luxury sedan for the first time. Thanks to buttons labeled so cryptically that I'd want Daniel from Stargate SG-1 to help me figure them out to the various incarnations of electronic devil spawn -- iDrive, COMAND and MMI -- RTFM was almost always going to be required.

Our new 750i long-term car is a welcome departure from all that. Everything seems simpler than it was on the previous generation 7. In general, buttons are marked more intuitively. The climate controls now have their own display. The seat controls have been moved to the side of the seat cushion and are easier to use. The transmission selector makes more sense. And then there's the new iDrive -- I'll cover it in another post, but suffice to say it's way better than before.

The owner's manual will no doubt be cracked a few times during the car's year-long stay with us. But overall you can get into our 750i and just drive -- and that's quite nice.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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