Taking into account its dimensions 199.7 in (5072 mm) x 74.9 in (1902 mm) x 58.2 in (1478 mm) (LxWxH), the 7 Series is far from being a city-oriented model. But we, just like any other 21st century-drivers, had to get through the crowded city traffic to reach our destination. And we did manage to do it, but don't imagine that driving such a monster in heavy traffic is easy.
Basically, all you have to do in a traffic jam situation is to wait. It's difficult to squeeze through other cars and it's almost impossible to estimate the distance between your car and the vehicle in front. But even so, it's fun to be inside this Bimmer in almost any scenario, especially because it has almost all the necessary equipment to entertain you, regardless if we're taking about LCD screens, massage function or the advanced audio system.
Parking sensors and rear-view cameras are mandatory on such a large vehicle and because we're talking about a 120,000 euro model, BMW equipped our 7 Series with such goodies. However, note that the rear-view camera only comes as an option and, depending on the market, it is priced at around 350 euros.
Fuel consumption on the other hand is shocking, in a good way of course. According to BMW's very own figures, the 7 Series 740d should burn around 9 liters of fuel every 100 km (26.1 mpg) in city conditions which, taking into account that the engine develops 306 horsepower, is impressive to say the least. Our car however, in the very heavy traffic conditions we must face every day, indicated a fuel consumption rating of 11.2 l/100km (21 mpg) after a 15-km trip.
Leaving all these figures aside, BMW 7 Series doesn't seem too appropriate for city driving. It does have a 520-liter trunk, enough for you to carry all your Christmas shopping bags, but seriously, you won't buy such a car to just go to the office or do your regular weekly shopping sessions...Continue reading
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You do know that I'm a huge BMW fan, don't you? I think this is the reason for calling me to testdrive so many Bimmers in such a short time. Thank you guys, I really appreciate this and yes, you got it right, the 7 Series is the car I dream about...
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