BMW 740d Named Best Non-EV Car by Germany’s ADAC

In 2023, after conducting 84 vehicle tests, the ADAC completed its study, recognizing some of the finest automobiles in Germany. BMW proudly secures two gold medals. Firstly, the BMW 740d (G70) stands out as the top-performing non-electric car, boasting an impressive overall grade of 1.8. Second, due to its exceptional price-performance ratio, the BMW iX1 xDrive30 leads the pack among major luxury providers.

In the ADAC’s 2023 overall ranking, the BMW 740d xDrive stands out as the sole combustion engine-powered car among the top 15. This diesel-powered 7 Series garners acclaim for its exceptional comfort (1.1). It also includes the effectiveness of its in-line six-cylinder engine in the Motor/drive category (1.1), alongside high safety standards (1.3). The 7 Series exceeds expectations, boasting an impressive grade of 0.6 for air conditioning, multimedia connectivity, and active safety/assistance features.

Significantly, the 740d secures a respectable 2.4 in the environmental/EcoTest category, a 1.7 for its interior, and a 2.0 for its driving characteristics. It exhibits no noticeable deficiencies in any other category. The only minor drawback lies in the “body/trunk” area, where it receives a score of 2.7, attributed to issues like limited roof load capacity, a less flexible cabin, and reduced visibility compared to smaller vehicles.

Powering the efficient six-cylinder engine, the 740d xDrive’s 48-volt system excels in the EcoTest, achieving 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres and a perfect 1.0 emission rating. Substantial improvements grace the 3.0-liter inline-six, primarily designed for Europe’s diesel market. This transformation results from adopting 48V mild-hybrid technology, seamlessly integrating an electric motor into the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The diesel engine generates 650 Newton meters of torque at 1,500 rpm and 286 horsepower at 4,000 rpm. In contrast, the e-motor offers 18 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. When both powertrains merge, the new 740d xDrive delivers a formidable 670 Newton meters of torque and 300 horsepower.

The BMW i7 xDrive60 earns a higher ADAC score than the 740d, with an impressive overall rating of 1.8. The electric 7 Series excels in engine/drive (1.1), security (1.3), and comfort (1.1). However, its steep starting price of 116,000 euros results in a lower 3.6 rating for price-performance and a less favourable ranking of 5.5 in automobile expenses.

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