BMW 7 Series hybrid engines, drive & performance
Speed isn't in short supply in the BMW 7 Series hybrid, although it's not the best in class in this area
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With a 3.0-litre engine producing 282bhp and an electric motor adding another 111bhp, the BMW 7 Series hybrid produces a total of 389bhp. And while it never feels ludicrously quick, it’s still genuinely fast for a car of its weight and length.
BMW 7 Series hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The 745e can hit 0-62mph in just over five seconds, with a top speed of 155mph. It’ll even do up to 68mph – more or less motorway cruising speed – in electric-only mode, although using the accelerator harshly will force the petrol engine into life to help the car pick up speed.
Running on the electric motor alone, the 7 Series hybrid glides around effortlessly at low speeds, with the quietness adding to the sense of luxury that is, after all, the main purpose of a high-end limo such as this.
But that isn’t to say the 745e is completely without drama: purists will still love the roar from the straight-six engine when accelerating hard, an element that wasn’t present with the previous generation’s 2.0-litre engine. Yes, the Mercedes S-Class hybrid has slightly more power and is slightly faster, but the gap between the two rivals here is minuscule.
Naturally, this is no sports car when it comes to corners, but to expect a sharp response when turning the wheel is to misunderstand what the 7 Series hybrid is for. Body lean is well controlled even when the suspension is placed in its softest setting, although the 745e doesn’t absorb bumps in the road as well as the S-Class.
We’d also like to see smoother braking from the 7 Series hybrid, especially at low speeds. The BMW’s ride is still exceedingly comfortable by any standard, but the Mercedes is more composed on rougher surfaces. If luxury handling is your top priority, the S-Class is the car to have.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW 7 Series hybrid isn’t as comfortable as its Mercedes S-Class rival, but a big price difference tips the balance in its favour
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingFollowing updates, the BMW 7 Series hybrid now has a longer electric range and lower CO2 emissions than before
- 3Running costsRunning costs are generally likely to be low for the BMW 7 Series hybrid, but insurance will be pricey
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingSpeed isn't in short supply in the BMW 7 Series hybrid, although it's not the best in class in this area
- 5Interior & comfortThe BMW 7 Series hybrid is exceedingly comfortable, although the interior could feel more special
- 6Practicality & boot spaceOutright practicality isn't the BMW 7 Series hybrid's forte, but it’s more than spacious enough for its target market
- 7Reliability & safetyReliability and safety should provide no cause for concern in the BMW 7 Series hybrid