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Simply heaven – BMW 7 Series does everything you ask with panache

16:29 20 October 2015

The opulent new BMW 7 Series simply does everything asked of it and adds a garnish of panache in the process.

The opulent new BMW 7 Series simply does everything asked of it and adds a garnish of panache in the process.

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BMW’s fifh-generation magnificent Seven is refined, rewarding to drive and remarkable value for money, says Matt Kimberley.

What’s new?

BMW’s largest car and technological flagship is now in its fifth generation, having been launched in 1977. It’s the place where you’ll find most of the Munich company’s most impressive technology.

Try the completely automated entry and exit from bay parking spaces. You don’t even need to be in the car. Then there’s the oversized key, which is a small computer in its own right and can let you pre-set the climate control, check the remaining driving range and loads more.

Looks and image

BMW 7 Series

Price: BMW 730d, £64,530 (range to £75,710)

Engine: 3.0-litre, 254bhp, six-cylinder turbo diesel

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic driving rear wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 6.1 seconds; top speed 155mph (limited)

MPG: 50.4 combined

CO2 emissions: 148g/km

The front end is all about horizontal lines but the lower bumper on the M Sport upgrade package has a more sculpted visage that Brits will prefer.

The Seven is a supremely confident machine – it simply does everything asked of it with panache.

Space and practicality

The large boot has a generous opening but it’s slightly awkwardly shaped at the sides to account for the wheel arches. It’s long and can swallow four average-sized carry-on cases without stacking.

If there isn’t enough legroom there’s something wrong with you. The rear passenger zone comes with a Samsung tablet that controls the seat movements, massage functions and media, slotting gracefully into a beautifully-crafted holder between the two rear seats.

Behind the wheel

Most models will be the brilliant 730d. It can feel big at low speeds, but there’s more than enough get-up-and-go.

Even more impressive is how the big BMW’s size and weight disappear on a winding road. In adaptive setting, body control automatically firms up, delivering level cornering, acres of grip and poise, composure and agility. It’s amazing how well the car handles.

Sublime suspension floats gently over all but the sharpest aberrations, especially if the wheels are no larger than 20 inches. The cabin is whisper-quiet at 70mph.

Value for money

Starting at nearly £65,000, you’re looking at remarkable value for money. Few of the really cool options will be open to you at that level, so you miss out on the clever fixed sunroofs with their novel lighting system that imitates a starry sky, but the Seven is at least as quiet, as solid and as capable as any large saloon you could spend this much money on. As a driver, it’s the first place to look in this sector.

Who would buy one?

Most UK buyers are likely to be connected to the chauffeuring and VIP transport industries where the 7 Series will excel. There’s a plug-in hybrid option on the way next year, too, which will be perfect city transport for the discerning executive. Private sales will go to wealthier people who value the extra class and refinement the Seven brings. The 5 Series is lovely but this is in another league.

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