10 things we learned about the BMW 740Ld
31 January 2017
Author: Alisdair Suttie
|Key rival:|| Mercedes S-Class|
|Model tested:|| 740Ld|
|Price as tested:|| £97,270|
After a week of luxury driving, is the BMW 740Ld the chairman of the board, ask Al Suttie?
1 - For presence, nothing betters the BMW 7 Series in the luxury category. Big, bold and brawny, especially in M Sport trim.
2 - This car also came with xDrive all-wheel drive, so it has the moves to match the mannered styling.
3 - Inside is where it counts with this car and every occupant is afforded superb space and leather-lined comfort.
4 - Stretching out in the back of the long wheelbase 7 Series is a pleasure, helped by £12,000 worth of infotainment extras in this car.
5 - The driver isn't shirt-changed either thanks to the slick eight-speed auto and 320hp twin-turbo six-cylinder turbodiesel.
6 - From rest to 62mph in 5.3 seconds is impressive for such a big car, but the hush inside the cabin is even more appreciated.
7 - It's not all perfect though and there are distracting reflections from the cabin's ambient lighting in the front side windows.
8 - We also found the gear lever occasionally needed a second nudge to select the desired forward or reverse motion.
9 - Over some surfaces, those low profile tyres and big wheels can let some sharp ridges interrupt the interior harmony.
10 - So, better than an S Class? No, but satisfyingly different and very much a BMW in the way it handles so well for a luxury car.