730Ld M sport
Once a barge, always a barge? Not in this case
It’s Been a fascinating first month with the BMW 730Ld. as alluded to in last month’s report, it’s the quality of the driving experience that makes the strongest impression, rather than the extensive technology features.
so what impresses? firstly, the steering. fluid, linear, evenly weighted and precise, it allows you to place the car with an accuracy that belies its colossal size. how big? at 5.25 metres long it’s longer than a long-wheelbase range rover, and it’s about the same width as an f12tdf. the rear-steer intervenes subtly, improving turn-in and creating quite fantastic high-speed stability, while the air-suspension matches the very, very best for ride and handling. that includes Bentley and rolls-royce.
Most importantly, the 7-series is proving capable of dishing up pretty solid driving thrills. of course, it’s not a car to drive on its door handles, but
Idialling in sport mode and tackling a series of bends is far from joyless. of the on-board tech, I don’t think I’ll ever mention the gesture-control again because it does nothing that the steering wheel buttons or voicecontrol can’t do more safely. I can’t see how a UI that asks the driver to take their hand off the wheel fulfils any need. a colleague argued that perhaps BMW is preparing us for gesture-control being part of an autonomous future, but I figure voice-control will be nailed by then.
on the positive side, the rear tablet works brilliantly, as do the on-board internet and HUD. also, thankfully, the owner’s manual that’s buried in the idrive is keyword searchable and easy to use. and I’ve been using it rather a lot.
Lastly, our car has suffered a crack in the windscreen. and this isn’t an ordinary windscreen – it’s a ‘climate comfort’ windscreen that reflects certain wavelengths of sunlight. It’s not exactly an off-the-shelf part, so there’ll be a short wait before BMW can replace it. Dateacquired Totalmileage Mileagethismonth Coststhismonth mpgthismonth December 2015 7844 1337 £0 33.0