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C&D: 2011 Audi A8L vs. 2011 BMW 750Li, 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged

7-series | April 30th, 2011 by 22
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U.S. magazine Car and Driver compares some of the biggest luxury cars on the market: BMW 750Li vs. Audi A8L and Jaguar XJL Supercharged. But …

U.S. magazine Car and Driver compares some of the biggest luxury cars on the market: BMW 750Li vs. Audi A8L and Jaguar XJL Supercharged. But surprisingly, the 7 Series ranks third in their comparison test. Here are some of the highlights from their article, along with the decision on why the 750Li came third.

“The ideal big car is a calm and reassuring presence, deliberate and proficient in motion and abundantly powerful. We’ve pulled three such candidates from the luxury-car class, all European—oh, excuse us, one is British—all stretched to the maximum available wheelbase, all with V-8 engines that’ll knock on 100 mph as softly as the knocking that awoke Stalin on Sunday mornings, and all with a base price of about 85 to 90 large.

C&D: 2011 Audi A8L vs. 2011 BMW 750Li, 2011 Jaguar XJL SuperchargedTwo of them, the Audi A8L and the Jaguar XJL, are constructed primarily of aluminum, while the BMW 750Li’s unibody is a mix of steel and aluminum. The Jag is only 164 pounds heavier than the new Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible despite being more than 17 feet long.

Redesigned in 2010, the all-wheel-drive Audi is the longest car here (207.4 inches), and it packs the smallest-caliber munitions: 372 horses from its 4.2-liter V-8.

The longest BMW in the catalog is the shortest car in this test, with 205.3 inches separating the 750Li’s flaring nostrils from its fluid stern. However, it is the wheelbase champ, outstretching the Jag by more than two inches.

Lastly, we come to the Jaguar. The brand overhauled its flagship last year, finally ditching the four-headlight, flat-roof theme that dated to the original 1968 bombshell. The slinky new lineup includes an XJL Supercharged model that brings forth 470 horses from its 5.0-liter V-8. The only option aboard our $91,950 example: a $375 heated windshield.

So why is the 750Li third?

C&D: 2011 Audi A8L vs. 2011 BMW 750Li, 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged

BMW simply seems to have less fun building these luxury liners than its smaller stuff. Every BMW should be the best driver in its class. Otherwise, why pay the premium? This one just elicits a shrug. A wider on-center dead spot in the amply boosted steering gives the car license to wander freeway lanes, and the chassis was judged less lively and entertaining than the Jaguar’s.

When a BMW is outdriven by a Jag, there’s trouble in Munich.

Though we admired the band of matte-finish wood inside, the interior plastics seem no finer than those in lesser BMWs. The doors of the tandem glove boxes sit loosely and create unsightly gaps on the dash. At this price, we want to be pummeled senseless by a fire hose of opulence, and the 750Li merely tinkles.

All of its many features and unique parts somehow conspire to make the 7 feel less like the top-of-the-line BMW than just a 5-series with a long inseam and an inflated sticker price.”

Full review at Car and Driver.

C&D: 2011 Audi A8L vs. 2011 BMW 750Li, 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged

  • Bryanbiggs23

    No matter what, I still my 7

  • Carlwkristensen

    Britain is in Europe….

    • Holwood

      In Geography terms only!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Whasians Daniel Vu Nguyen Hoang

    BMW doesn’t make cars like the E38, E39, and E46 anymore.

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  • Robert

    You could at least have mentiones that the audi won…

    • Robert

      mentioned

  • Babken

    The problem I mentioned many times before: overweight is BMW’s weak spot. It testifies to engineers’ incompetence.

  • Br

    Although I like BMW, I agree with the result. Without innovative headlights (still Xenon, even the 5 series has LED ones and the 6 has brand new ones), without the best interior of the brand (the interior of 5GT is even better than it, in terms of design, not material), tons of optional equipment – comfort seats even only for front passenger and driver are optional – the audi a8 provides all passengers comfort seats (22 adjustment angles) EVEN for 5 seaters (this is not an excuse for BMW – comfort seats can never be provided for 5 seaters). Oh my God, BMW, you’re so stingy and do you really have to haggle over every ounce as one of the biggest car producer? Also, for the 730d – why dont you provide the exhaust pipes same as the 740 and 750? Do you mean that you have to specify that the 7 series that customer owns is a 730? The cheapest one? S Class has same exhaust pipes for no matter 300, 350 or 500 etc. Cost cutting? Sigh, what’s the point of buying the 7 series now? Only for more leather but having the interior which looks the same as the five series to outsiders? I am not sure if Audi A8 may outsell the 7 or not, since it has a crappy exterior design (I must say that the exterior design of the 7 is great, although lack of high technology) but I am sure when the brand new S Class comes out, the 7 will then have the same results as the previous generation. Just no chance to win you know? The new 7 can’t even beat the current facelift s class fair and square! When all its competitors – the Audi A8, Jaguar, the upcoming lexus LS and S Class all have better interior than the 7 series, and of course with more additional equipment, what’s the point of buying it? I think BMW still has its own brand effect but if this situation continues.. In the future, with its declining quality, just don’t know what would happen..

  • Br

    Although I like BMW, I agree with the result. Without innovative headlights (still Xenon, even the 5 series has LED ones and the 6 has brand new ones), without the best interior of the brand (the interior of 5GT is even better than it, in terms of design, not material), tons of optional equipment – comfort seats even only for front passenger and driver are optional – the audi a8 provides all passengers comfort seats (22 adjustment angles) EVEN for 5 seaters (this is not an excuse for BMW – comfort seats can never be provided for 5 seaters). Oh my God, BMW, you’re so stingy and do you really have to haggle over every ounce as one of the biggest car producer? Also, for the 730d – why dont you provide the exhaust pipes same as the 740 and 750? Do you mean that you have to specify that the 7 series that customer owns is a 730? The cheapest one? S Class has same exhaust pipes for no matter 300, 350 or 500 etc. Cost cutting? Sigh, what’s the point of buying the 7 series now? Only for more leather but having the interior which looks the same as the five series to outsiders? I am not sure if Audi A8 may outsell the 7 or not, since it has a crappy exterior design (I must say that the exterior design of the 7 is great, although lack of high technology) but I am sure when the brand new S Class comes out, the 7 will then have the same results as the previous generation. Just no chance to win you know? The new 7 can’t even beat the current facelift s class fair and square! When all its competitors – the Audi A8, Jaguar, the upcoming lexus LS and S Class all have better interior than the 7 series, and of course with more additional equipment, what’s the point of buying it? I think BMW still has its own brand effect but if this situation continues.. In the future, with its declining quality, just don’t know what would happen..

  • Giom

    The 7 is the oldest here… up for a facelift soon, isn’t it? I’m sure they’ll bring it up to – and surpass the competition where it counts.

    Personally, I think the 7 series interior is more conservative than the others – the materials, tho, are good. Just because they use the same quality of materials for the lesser cars doesn’t mean it’s sub standard in the 7. It just means that the 7 is (percieved) less special for it.

    I don’t agree with the result of the test, the 7 still takes my breath away when I see one… the others don’t!

    • FreudeKing

      I also think the 7’s interior is very good – classy and very high quality. What the hell is this guy walking about what gap? I don’t see a gap. The A8’s interior is just cheap looking compared to the class of teh 7 series.

      As for handling, BMW can blame themselves for bringing out a substandard electric steering. and what are they thinking with these old yellow corona rings??? Don’t they know what LEDs are? Useless bunch at BMW. Cost cutting Mr. CEO – well, you have just harmedthe brand again with your cost cutting shareholder suck up strategy. cost cutting to bring out a lower quality product in BMW’s flagship model. I think it’s time for you to go.

  • Tom Cardone

    rubbish

  • LexusLUV

    They should have included the class leader, the LEXUS LS. None of the other cars in this class come close to matching the luxury and refinement and style that the Lexus LS offers. And with the sport package the LS is a far better drivers car than the BMW 7.

    • Joseph

      yeah right :( Lexus LS will never come close to any of those cars mentioned here, i mean abou performance and handling, i don’t care about any other stuff. BMW is a truly Ultimate Driving Machine. Period

      • JohnC

        Why bother responding to such obvious trolls?

  • JohnC

    Sad to see that BMW totally abandoned concept of “weight reduction” and instead simply tries to compensate for that with various electronics gizmos (which, b.t.w, add even more weight) like “active roll stabilization” and “integral active steering” and such…

    • Giom

      On the contrary. Remember, F01 is by now an old car with old tech – I know it sounds absurd, but think of the leaps BMW has made with light weight materials recently. I’m sure that – maybe not with the face lift – but in the replacement car, we will see those materials used.

      Remember, BMW isn’t the only victim of weigt problems. New safty features are partly to blame and luxury features make up the rest. You don’t build a car that feels like it’s been chissled from granite using cheap light weight plastics (Lexus LS), you do use strong heavy stuff. There’s no real way around it. But, weight isn’t the issue here, I just thought I’d mention it…

    • Babken

      That’s exactly what I mean, my friend.

  • M.Pertz

    sad but true, A8 AHEAD 7 series!!!

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  • Aryan0111godara

    this is my dream car…….i like most it

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