New car review: BMW 740Li

While the 740Li feels like the car you should be chauffeured about in, it delivers plenty for the driver.

Earlier this year BMW gave their 7-Series sedans, the brand’s luxury flagship models, a mid-life refresh. External styling, interior trims, infotainment systems, driver assistance systems, powertrains and drivelines have all received attention.

The six variant range starts with the 730d (a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel) listing at $199,900 and tops out at $378,900 for the M760Li, the long wheelbase 6.6-litre V12 xDrive (AWD) version. BMW also offer petrol-hybrid and V8 powertrains in the 7-Series range. 

But our test car is what you might call the mid-spec model, in long wheelbase form, and at a ‘more affordable’ $229,900, the most expensive of the six-cylinder turbo-petrol versions.

BMW’s large sedan is spacious inside in standard guise, while LWB models offer space to burn increasing rear passenger space courtesy of an extra 140mm in the wheelbase and body length. But at 5.26m long, the 740Li feels sizeable in carpark spaces. A crystal-clear multi-view camera helps here.

The capacious cabin maxes out on feel-good factor with high quality finish including soft-touch trims, and luxury Nappa leather with diamond-quilt detail. Aesthetics are complemented by an extravagant level of creature comforts, techy toys and other trinkets far too numerous to describe here.

The lap of luxury extends to excellent seating for driver and passengers, with plenty of adjustments to ensure the best body fit and support. Our test car’s optional ($6,00) Comfort rear seat’s pampering touches include electric adjustments for the backrest angle to 42.5deg for outer seats and electrically adjustable comfort headrests topped with feather-soft Alcantara-trimmed cushions.

Rear passengers can control climate, nav, media, ambient lighting, privacy/sun blinds, sunroof etc via a tablet in the centre armrest.

While the 740Li feels like the car you should be chauffeured about in, it delivers plenty for the driver. Tick strong performance from the 3.0-litre turbo straight ‘six’ that belts out 250kW and 450Nm and covers the 0-100km/h sprint in a claimed 5.6 seconds. The eight-speed auto driving to the rear wheels does a great job too.

Adaptive air suspension at all corners ensures a supple ride even on its 20-inch wheels and low-profile tyres, with a ‘comfort plus’ mode delivering the plushest ride of all. Handling from the rear-drive Bavarian has a very confident and solidly planted feel when hustled through twists and turns.

The 740Li oozes refinement and makes you feel special in all the ways luxury transportation should.

KEY STATS

  • MLP: $229,900 (plus on-road costs)
  • ENGINE: 3.0-litre, turbo-petrol, 6-cyl
  • ANCAP SAFETY RATING: Not rated.
  • TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 180
  • FOR: Oozes plush refinement, luxury appointments and tech, space, lusty performance.
  • AGAINST: Expensive, feels long in car parks.