The 7 Series is an educated car, so it will try to fulfill any of your wishes, without even trying to give you any advice on where to take it in order to make the most out of its potential. However, do try to step outside the city’s borders and you’ll enter a whole new world. The vehicle manages to raise up to the “flagship BMW vehicle” standard, as using it for traveling between cities gives you the impression that distances are a bit shorter.
Out on the open road is also where you’ll be able to take advantage of the car’s adaptability, playing with its four
Like we said in the tech side chapter, you can Choose between “Comfort”, “Normal”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. Even though there are differences between all four, most often we found ourselves either in the first or in the last.
Choose “Comfort” and you be able to lie on a magic carpet. Even without the help of pneumatic suspension, you’ll forget that you’re riding on 20-inch rims and all the roads will seem in good shape.
At the other end of the sensations’ scale, we find the “Sport Plus”. You could blindfold yourself, drive the car in this mode and know you’re in a BMW. The way in which the engine responds makes it pretty hard to believe it’s a diesel, but don’t become overconfident when overtaking however, remember that you’re not driving a Power War soldier.
Last time when we played with the 740d, it was fitted with the Integral Active Steering. For this test, we traded that for the xDrive (you can’t have both). On dry roads, the four-wheel version felt a little bit more determined to change direction, but in the wet the xDrive is just as much fun, but safer.
Even with all the electronic aids put off to sleep, it’s difficult to make the rear end step out in the dry. However, if you use the Sport or Sport Plus modes, you’ll be rewarded for everytime when you tackle a corner in “hurray!” style.
We’ve got a diesel under the hood, remember? So, has it fulfilled its efficiency promise? Yes: driving the car in a relaxed manner determined the trip computer to go as low as 7.4 liters per 100 km (31.8 mpg) while a meaner attitude made things climb to around 10 liters per 100 km (23.5 mpg).Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Haven’t we tested this one before? Does changing the color qualify a car for being tested twice? And what’s with the “X”s on the sides, are we playing tic-tac-toe? Since I’ve evolved as a driver meanwhile, this time it shall be pretty easy for me to do it. Chauffer, here boy!
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