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BMW 730Ld review, road test

The future is here with the all-new 7-series which is packed with the latest tech to win over super luxury car buyers.

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We’ve already driven the petrol-powered version of the latest ‘G12’ 7-series, the 750Li, and we came away mighty impressed. However, we ended that review on a sort of ‘to be continued’ note, because it is important to factor this car – the 730Ld – the diesel version, into the equation. The simple fact is diesel is still the more popular choice for luxury cars and this makes the 730Ld the more important model for BMW in India.

The 730Ld also has wider appeal on the grounds of its lower price tag. You see, where the 750Li is a full import and costs Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi), prices for the India-assembled 730Ld start at Rs 1.14 crore. You can buy an imported (and pricier) 730Ld as well but that version is only for you if you want to customise it to suit your tastes. For this test, we’ve featured the locally assembled 730Ld in the higher of its two trim lines. What makes the 730Ld special? Our detailed road test reveals all.

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New 7-series looks more dynamic than its predecessor.
Dash looks similar to other BMWs but overall quality is superb.
Large and comfy as they are, the front seats don’t get cooling or massage feature.
Rear seats are no less than thrones and offer a large range of adjustments too.
M Sport trim cars identifiable by sportier front and rear bumpers.
Boot is small for this class of car but you do get a space-saver spare wheel.
The badge says it all. New Seven uses CFRP in its construction.
Air flaps behind grille open when engine needs additional cooling.
Even small screen for climate control is touch-sensitive.
Rear headrests get a soft cushion as on the Merc S-class.
Detachable 7-inch tablet is housed in rear centre armrest. Gives rear passengers control of a whole host of functions.
19-inch rims standard on M Sport. Front and rear tyre sizes are different.
Streak-like welcome lights turn on as you unlock the doors.
Parking cameras show surroundings with respect to a 3D image of the car. Gestures control view angle.
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