The BMW 7 Series is a car that might change a few of your ideas about long distance travel. The 740d, with its 306 hp and 600 Nm of torque 3-liter diesel offers an excellent compromise between muscle and frugality. Add xDrive to the equation and the practicality curve will jump from a linear to an exponential increase.
You see, the 7 Series has always had an inner conflict, hidden from the public’s eyes, as it’s supposed be both a Cabernet Sauvignon and an energy drink. The current generation manages to solve this by offering the driver four modes for the suspension and the drivetrain.
Gone are the controversial styling and the annoying old iDrive and in are a set of styling cues that perfectly manage to conceal the car’s size, as well as a character that’s much more willing to connect to the humans in the cabin.
However, if you really want to enjoy life in the back of this car, you have to go individual. No, not BMW Individual, but individual rear seats. And also make sure to add an “L” to its name (this will bring you a long wheelbase).
The dynamic side of the 740d xDrive we tested really managed to impress us. BMW makes you choose between the Integral Active Steering and the xDrive and, even though this is annoying, we’d go for the latter. As for the car’s other face, the luxurious one, this was pleasing, but not as special as the aforementioned one.
Customers who buy this kind of cars are the kind of people who usually don’t find any drama in their price or in the financial part of their optional extras list. Thus, the vehicle we tested had a price of almost EUR131,000, out of which the optional goodies totaled EUR41,000, with one particular interior option being by far the most demanding, at EUR 11,500 - the Individual Composition, which has the main asset of brining a leather finish that rivals human touch.Continue reading