BMW 7 Series (2012): 30 second review

CJ Hubbard
BMW 7 Series
We take to the streets of Russia to try out the revised BMW 7 Series in 750i V8 and ActiveHybrid guise. The economy and performance improvements are impressive, but has BMW manage to do anything about the bumpy ride?
We like:
Great selection of engines that deliver power and class-leading economy, handling, build quality, all the usual toys.
We don't like:
Ride and refinement could still be better, others offer greater passenger space.
Should I buy one?
Visual changes for the facelifted version of the fifth-generation of BMW's 7 Series flagship are certainly limited, but present none-the-less. Most obvious are the new all-LED headlights, complete with squared-off "corona rings" for daytime running.
However, under the skin the alterations go further. BMW has - it says - listened and responded to criticism about the ride quality; the 7 Series is supposed to be a luxury saloon, after all, and for many the existing version was just too abrupt. There are many new suspension components as a result
The revised 2012 BMW 7 Series remains a great choice if you want to get behind the wheel of a limo-grade monster yourself, and the impressive engine updates ensure that anyone looking for maximum fuel economy should start their search here.
But if comfort and refinement are your luxury priorities try the Mercedes-Benz S-Class instead; the 7 Series still can't quite match the best in these vital departments.
Rating
4/5
For the full review, point your web browser to the MSN Cars site at http://cars.uk.msn.com/
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