The new BMW 7 Series is very easy to live with.
Lane Change Warning is also an option for the BMW 7 Series, at £335, and features radar sensors that detect other vehicles on the road, particularly in blind spots and issues a warning if the driver attempts to change lane when there is an obstacle.
Further to this, there is a Reversing Assist Camera at £290 and Side-view camera system at the front, for the same price. Both display images on the wide-screen (10.2"), colour display set into the centre console with very good clarity.
In another 'world-first', the BMW 7 Series' high quality screen graphics can also be used to display websites via BMW Connected Drive. The customer pays a flat rate for a service that is only limited by the fact that the car has to be stationary. It is controlled through the new iDrive system where the turn and toggle controller acts as a mouse. The iDrive has been simplified making it easier to input addresses and number into the system via a rotary 'keyboard'.
The BMW 7 Series' comprehensive audio system comprises a DVD player, AUX and USB ports, an 80GB hard disc with 12GB available for music files. A 6-DVD changer is available as an option, as is television and DAB radio. Alternatively, there is the BMW Individual High-End sound system, which includes individual TV screens in the back of the rear seats along with other goodies.
The new BMW 7 Series is very easy to live with. The controls are intuitive and well laid out in a neat and organised manner, the power and performance is available at a squeeze of the accelerator, but most of all it is so smooth and effortless to drive that it almost feels like a magic carpet.6 May 2009
BMW 7 Series Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||BMW 730d|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||153 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed Automatic With Steptronic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||47.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 06/05/09)||£54,160|