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2010 BMW 750i xDrive (photos)

BMW's flagship sedan gets all-wheel drive for the 2010 model year. More luxury cruiser than sport driver, the 750i covers long distances while occupants enjoy a comfortable and refined ride.

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BMW's flagship sedan, the 7-series, comes in a variety of flavors. Two different engines are available, as is all-wheel drive. You can get the car in stretched format, denoted by the letter L in the model name.
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The 750i xDrive, although a conventional sedan, has a sleek design. The sides have a smooth look, broken up only by fender ornaments. Of course, the car gets the classic BMW kidney grille.
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The 750i xDrive gets power from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo direct-injection V-8, good for 407 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. This big engine also means excessive fuel consumption.
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The cabin is exceedingly roomy, and many features come standard, such as the navigation system. One thing that is not standard on this car is an M sport package, which adds some cosmetic elements.
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The ride is very comfortable. The 750i xDrive runs smoothly over rough asphalt. The suspension does have a sport setting, but the ride never gets too firm.
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The trunk is very deep, which is to be expected on a sedan of this size.
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The cabin is very well-designed and covered in leather and wood.
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M rocker panels are part of the M sport package.
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We found the steering very responsive in the 750i xDrive, although the suspension is not firm enough to keep it flat in the corners.
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The bottom of the tachometer shows fuel consumption, and also has a section indicating regeneration. When slowing down, electricity is generated to top off the battery.
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The head-up display is particularly useful, showing vehicle speed and route guidance graphics.
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We were surprised that the automatic transmission only has six gears, as many big luxury cars are getting seven- and eight-speed transmissions.
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A switch on the console takes the car to sport mode, which affects the suspension and power train.
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BMW's new iDrive controller is a big improvement over the previous one. Quick-access buttons open key cabin applications, so the driver does not have to fumble through a menu structure.
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The navigation system's maps, stored on an 80-gigabyte hard drive, are some of the best we've seen.
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Zoom out to a one-mile scale, and the maps show satellite imagery.
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Although rotary letter selection is a little tedious, the car shows the selected letter in large format, making it less distracting to use while driving.
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The 750i xDrive comes standard with HD radio.
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We found this iPod interface a little frustrating to use.
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Standard sonar object detection provides help while parking.

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