BMW 7 Series Hybrid: Lags Behind Its EV Counterpart

The BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid, the 750e xDrive, recently underwent a comprehensive performance review against electric vehicle (EV) standards. This model finished in “Frozen Pure Gray” with black M accents, makes a striking impact. Its formidable presence has cyclists and pedestrians swiftly clearing the path.

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The 750e features an imposing design that could belong to a supervillain, drawing both attention and respect on the road. Despite its polarizing looks, the vehicle asserts itself with a sense of purpose that earns it admiration for its boldness.

Inside, the cabin radiates luxury with wine-colored, full-grain Merino leather and optional cashmere upholstery, highlighting its high-end market position. The 750e boasts impressive features, including 18-way adjustable power seats and an optional 1,965-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system that produces concert-like audio. The LED-woven glass roof adds nighttime allure and provides ideal tinting by day. Additionally, heated armrests enhance comfort in every detail.

Driving the 750e reveals deeper issues. While its handling is responsive, it often feels disconnected, attributed to its long wheelbase and four-wheel steering. Problems are particularly noticeable in the hybrid drivetrain’s integrating a 194-horsepower electric motor with a 308-hp turbocharged straight-six engine. The jarring shift between regenerative and mechanical braking complicates smooth stopping, exacerbated by the unpredictable engagement of the brake callipers.

The car’s adaptive braking system adjusts speed based on traffic conditions, leading to a daily variance in the driving experience. Additionally, the overly sensitive throttle response in normal modes complicates smooth acceleration and often triggers the gas engine unexpectedly.

Despite these issues, the 750e performs adequately on the freeway when set to cruise mode with the Level 2 Highway Driving Assistant. Yet, this performance level falls short of BMW’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” standard.

In comparison to EV counterparts like the Mercedes S-Class PHEV, which offers a longer all-electric range, the 750e’s 34-mile range is less compelling. While it achieves decent fuel efficiency for its class, the overall driving experience remains lacklustre.

For those considering the BMW 7 Series but concerned about the plug-in hybrid’s drawbacks, the all-electric i7 presents an excellent alternative. It delivers the same luxury and design as the 7 Series but with more consistent and reliable performance and at a slightly lower cost. Choosing the EV over the plug-in hybrid could save potential owners from the operational frustrations associated with the 750e.

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