As you should expect from BMW everything was well put together and crafted from materials that matched the price range.
What We Liked
- The overall driving experience
- Ride quality
- Interior space
- iDrive - it worked well for us
What We Disliked
- Very little to dislike
What We'd Like To See
- Some of the optional equipment should be standard and where are the power fold in mirrors?
As you should expect from BMW everything was well put together and crafted from materials that matched the price range. Although we didn’t like the blanking plates covering the screw heads in the interior door handles and door arm rests.
Value For Money
Currently the BMW 7 Series range starts at £51,850 (730d SE) and rises to £85,445 (760Li) which is pretty much the pricing benchmark of executive cars. To make the 7-Series even more competitive and to aid residual values BMW have introduced 'BMW Service Inclusive' for example a BMW Service Package can be purchased for £840 which covers all servicing costs for the 730Ld for 5 years/60,000 miles or there is a complete maintenance package entitled 'BMW Service and Maintenance' which again on the BMW 730Ld costs £1,830 for 5 years/60,000 miles cover. These packages can be passed on with the car to new owners (terms and conditions apply).
There are also some very innovative and thoughtful details too to help with running costs, for example whenever a 7 Series remains unused over time, the wiper arms move a few millimetres every couple of days, thus shifting the sensitive wiper edges from one side to the other. This results in more consistent loads on the fine rubber edge, smoother wiper surfaces and a longer service life of the wiper blades for the owner. Another example: all bulbs, outside and inside, are powered by a controlled, consistent voltage supply that ensures a longer service life.
There is no doubt that the BMW 7 Series is technically excellent, it is great to drive, it is very accommodating especially the stretched 730 Ld model we tested. Although ahead of its time in 2002, the 7-Series arguably is beginning to show its age, now that it is over five years old but still sets the benchmark that the competition has to exceed or aspire to.
We have no hesitation in recommending the BMW 7 Series it does everything expected of it and has quite few pleasant surprises up its sleeves.27 January 2008
BMW 7 Series Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||BMW 730 Ld|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||148 mph|
|Transmission||Six-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBC|
|Warranty||3-Years / Unlimited Mileage|
|Price (when tested on the 27/01/08)||£54,550|