The traffic light turns green, but until you reach it, red becomes the new green. This story repeats itself a few times along your journey. In between these traffic lights, you have to change lanes more often that you blink in order to not be late for the event you’re attending. That’s it, the voice in the audio system let’s you know that you’ve reached your destination. But what does it know? for it, the ride ends here, but you can’t just leave the car in the middle of the street, you have to park it. Yes, the sensors help you, but it’s no easy task.
Considering that the aforementioned story is a typical urban one these days, the 7 Series doesn’t quite come with the right assets to make things right. We are talking about a length of 199.7 in (5072 mm) and a width of 74.9 in (1902 mm).
Prior to the marriage, its parents will promise you that it won’t ask for more than 9 liters of diesel for taking you on 100 km of urban roads (26 mpg), but when we put the ring on, with the crowded traffic as a witness, we discovered around 12 liters per 100 km (19.6 mpg). Considering the size and the firepower of the car, this is a good value.
The all-round visibility is decent, but you can’t really play with the car based on your “instinct”, so you’ll have to be a bit careful. The vehicle we tested was fitted with parking sensors, but we would’ve really appreciated if it had also had video help.
However, the car has its own special way of offering you a key to the city. The best part about driving the 7 Series inside a city is that you feel that you’ve never left home but somehow you’re traveling. The car manages to offer you the sensation that you’re in a fortress on wheels.
The colors used for the interior of our test car only made life more pleasant in the cabin, thus allowing us to forget all about the buzz outside. The 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox knows how to handle all kinds of situations and you can even play with the intelligent cruise control system, which knows how to handle stop&go traffic.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Boy, oh boy, the big bimmer’s back! I just love this baby. Let me get straight to the point. Last night, I put it through its paces at some street races. You see, the huge torque and the four-wheel-drive allowed me to smoke everybody on the street, so this is the version you must buy. After that, I reset the trip computer and got 8 liters per 100 km on my way home. What else could you want more?
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