When it comes to luxury four-door saloon cars, the 2020 BMW 730Li and the rest of the 7-Series lineup sit amongst the top.
With a bolder and bigger grille introduced during the previous refresh, the 2020 7-series gains sculpted lines and rear daytime LED’s.
However, it’s no easy task to stick out as the competition is fierce. Mercedes S-Class, Audi A6/8, Lexus LS Series, Jaguar XJ-Series and the emerging Genesis lineup, it’s getting quite crowded in the segment.
Does the 2020 BMW 730Li have what it takes to stand out? Or does it blend in with the rest? Join us and let’s find out together.
- Handling even with extended wheelbase
- M kit is just a kit
- Lack of Android Auto
- Price tag with options
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Driving the 2020 BMW 730Li
Driving around in the 7-series is pure joy. It commands respect on the road, and it gets it.
The ride is smooth depending on what drive mode you’re in, the handling is agile for a car of its size, and the engine is economical.
That’s because there is a 2-litre BiTurbo 4-cylinder engine under the bonnet.
Being chauffeured in the back is a blast in this thing, and with the extended wheelbase, you’ll never want to get out of the 7-series.
14 cm doesn’t sound like much, but when you have to go back to sitting in the back of a Yaris, you’ll remember the good times.
It’s quite strange when the vehicle drives off as the engine is oddly quiet, not something we’d thought we’d hear with an M badge.
Parking is made easier thanks to the multitude of cameras, and the 730Li offers partially autonomous driving features.
Inside the 2020 BWM 730Li
Seating is available for five, and there’s ample room for all. The rear seats benefit from memory foam and feel like your sitting on a couch rather than a car seat.
Speaking of the rear, this is where the party is at. There’s room for three on the rear bench, but we’re sure two is the preferred number.
And there are two reasons. One – There are only two screens, Two – there is an armrest that pops out from the middle complete with a 7-tablet that can-inch be used to control the displays and more.
Unfortunately, the tablet wasn’t there so we couldn’t play around with it, but we did immerse ourselves in in the rear entertainment system.
Each one can be individually controlled and offer users a wide range of features, including a video player with external inputs. Great for long journey’s.
The rear system can be used to override the one upfront which could cause an issue, but not a major one.
Despite the refreshed exterior, BMW has made minimal changes to the interior for the new model year.
Safety and tech
German cars have all sat at the forefront of the technology front when it comes to cars, and the 7-series doesn’t fall short.
We’re quite sure that the only thing missing is the kitchen sink.
Digital display are all over the place. Drivers can glance down at the digital gauge cluster, which can change with a touch of a button to show either the navigation and other media applications.
The media system is fluid and features the latest iDrive system complete with gesture controls. We had fun with these even if other motorists thought we were a bit odd.
The climate control system has been revamped and now features a touchscreen interface, again no complaints as it’s as fluid as the media system.
On the safety front, the 730Li has all the bells and whistles one expects from a state-of-the-art machine with the only thing missing being a rear seat detector.
We didn’t get to spend a lot of time with the vehicle due to the current global situation, but the 730Li left a lasting impression on us
The 2020 BMW 730Li is both a drivers car and one to be driven around in. It makes a bold statement with its muscular curves and enlarged grille, and the interior is a spectacular place to be.
Setting it against its rivals, the 730Li is right up there with the best.
We look forward to getting back behind the wheel at a later stage and giving you a more detailed opinion.
2020 BMW 730li price in UAE: Starting at AED 389,000.