The 2008 BMW 7 Series received its last full redesign in 2002, and this full-size luxury sedan has been building on its success ever since. While the 7 Series sits in a rather crowded pool of competitors, its impressive combination of high-tech features, quality construction, athletic performance, and interior luxury make it a gold standard in its class.
The 2008 7 Series comes in three models: the 750i, the long-wheelbase 750Li, and the 760Li. All models offer an impressive range of standard and optional features, with both a Sport Package (for the 750 models) and an Adaptive Ride Package available for more fine-tuned control and performance. While other cars in this segment might have more to offer in terms of sophistication and style, when it comes down to truly engaging performance and powerful driving, the BMW 7 Series undoubtedly stands at the head of the class.
One notable downside to the 7 Series concerns BMW’s iDrive control system, which endures criticism for its difficult navigation and marks a sore spot in an otherwise streamlined cabin. Still, in terms of overall luxury, quality, and performance, buyers really can’t go wrong with the 2008 BMW 7 Series.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 750i, BMW 750Li, BMW 760Li
The 2008 BMW 7 Series shows no real changes. This popular sedan still relies on the same offerings that have earned it success over the years.
The 2008 BMW 7 Series suffers some criticism for its muted styling and unremarkable silhouette. Yet, while its unassuming exterior may not stand up against the bolder styling of the Jaguar XJ Series or the Audi A8, it does make the 7 Series a stronger competitor for the Mercedes S Class.
This full-size luxury sedan carries a full range of high-quality, standard exterior features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, HID automatic headlights, fog lights, a front air dam, heated exterior mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Splash guards remain optional on all models, while a power trunk lid provides an option for the 750 models and comes standard on the 760Li. Overall, the 7 Series’ modestly styled exterior does not compare to the athletic look of its competitors, but consumers should not be fooled by its basic, sturdy appearance, since it offers plenty of power and performance underneath.
The 7 Series boasts a rich interior with a wealth of high-tech features. Luxury quality materials abound, although some bland plastic trim stands out. Standard interior offerings for the 2008 BMW 7 Series include leather seats and a leather steering wheel, real wood trim, separate climate controls, a CD player, powered and heated front seats, and a sunroof. A well-shaped rear seat provides ample room and comfort for back-seat passengers. Second-row heated seats remain optional, as do cooled front seats and a DVD player. A CD changer provides another option for the 750i and 750Li, and it comes standard in the 760Li. Most basic controls get incorporated into BMW’s iDrive system, which simplifies the dashboard layout but also seems complicated to navigate.
Performance & Handling
Both the BMW 750i and 750Li house a 4.8-liter V-8, pulling 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. The more athletic 760Li boasts a six-liter V-12, rated at an impressive 438 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque. Both engines provide a satisfying power boost, and the six-speed automatic transmission provides some of the easiest shifting around. While a car of this size always seems a bit bulky, the steering feels firm and responsive, with tight braking and little body roll. As far as overall driving experience goes, the 7 Series makes a tough competitor. Close your eyes while relaxing in the passenger seat and you might think you are cruising in the finest sport sedan.
Standard safety equipment for the 2008 BMW 7 Series includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front and rear parking sensors, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag, with rear-seat side airbags remaining optional. A unique brake-drying feature regularly wipes the brake rotors whenever the windshield wipers are activated. A four-year subscription to BMW Assist telematics comes with all 7 Series vehicles. Another optional feature, the Night Vision system, provides an infrared camera that monitors up to one thousand feet ahead of the car.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 750i: 15/23 mpg city/highway
BMW 750Li: 15/23 mpg city/highway
BMW 760Li: 13/20 mpg city/highway
- Great handling for its size
- Powerful performance
- High-tech accessories
- Luxurious interior
You Won't Like
- Complicated iDrive system
- Some low-quality plastic trim
This powerfully endowed automobile may not be the top pick for everyday driving, but drivers in search of a little more performance seem pleased.
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