The Most Comfortable and Efficient Sedan Car to Drive in Indonesia -
4 June 2023

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The Most Comfortable and Efficient Sedan Car to Drive in Indonesia

Prestigious, is a word that we think is appropriate for this luxury saloon from BMW. If you step out the back door of a BMW 730Li in a crowd, it’s almost impossible for people not to see you. Maybe, people will assume that the figure coming out of the back door of this luxury saloon is someone important, even will look like a gentleman. Apart from the performance, comfort and luxury of a vehicle, most people are looking for a vehicle that reflects their identity. So that’s why BMW engineers have thought about it a lot, in formulating the design for the all-new BMW 730Li. This luxurious saloon is designed to exude the authentic character and aura of the 7series with which it was born. We see the sixth generation of the BMW 730Li appearing with a combination of harmonious proportions.

We admit it. Just look at the distinctive character is the pull of a firm line on the surface of the body. Not too sharp, but bold. The interior is also thick with a special atmosphere. Not wanting to linger on admiring the language of design, we tried and started chatting with him from Jakarta to Cirebon and continued to Bandung, until we returned to the capital city, 613km away. The event, entitled ‘Luxurious Journey’, was held by BMW Indonesia, so we could experience the power of the 7series ‘Made in Sunter’ for ourselves. β€œThe Allnew BMW 7series gains ‘Driving Luxury’ status after going through a number of evolutions, which are always related to attention to detail and high performance. Through this Luxurious Journey activity, BMW wants to show that the ‘Driving Luxury’ status is very well deserved by BMW 7 Series vehicles,” said Jodie O’tania, Vice President of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Indonesia at the opening of the Luxurious Journey event.

Just for your information, the locally-assembled BMW 730Li (Sunter, North Jakarta) is equipped with a 2.0L petrol turbo mechanical heart, 4 cylinders that have doubleVanos technology, and Efficient Dynamics powered 258 hp with a peak torque of 400 Nm. The power is distributed to the rear wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. After sitting behind the steering wheel, we see that there are several driving modes such as Eco Pro, Comfort +, Sport and Adaptive. The mechanical heart will also work to adjust the driving mode. When in Eco Pro mode, the engine rotation is maintained by the ECU so that it is fuel efficient. In our opinion, the choice of Comfort + driving mode is the most appropriate when driving on the Cipali toll road. The slick combination of engine response, suspension damping and chassis tuning, which translates bumpy roads, into small shocks that barely travel to the car seat. Meanwhile, in Sport mode, the transmission will make the engine spin at high rpm, the response to the gas pedal immediately becomes more agile.

In this mode, the BMW 730Li can accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just 6.2 seconds. A good number for a large saloon, from a relatively small engine, in this segment. Finally, when in Adaptive mode, the suspension and gearbox will adjust to the contours of the road. But we don’t like the damping n the suspension is too soft and even tends to be unsteady. According to BMW, the 7series gearbox has a GPS system installed, so that the computer system detects the car’s position and adjusts the ride according to the road surface, whether incline, downhill or flat according to the location being traversed. What is clear is that we don’t like this mode. For us, driving is fun (terms and conditions apply). But when we become passengers of the BMW 730Li, we feel enchanted by the comfort of the rear seats, and become too lazy to drive. Apart from not having to bother compromising with street noise, we prefer to be busy playing with the entertainment system from two 12.3-inch screens that are placed behind the driver’s seat. This entertainment screen can also be adjusted via a 7-inch touch screen tablet. Jazz music that bursts from the Harman Kardon speakers, together with the comfort of the air suspension, eliminates the desire to drive instantly. Meanwhile, another new feature for the iDrive system functionality is BMW Gesture Control.

Hand movements, detected by the 3D sensor, control the infotainment functions in a very intuitive and easy-to-use way. This feature can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming phone calls. To prove our statement above, it’s a good idea to try the BMW 730Li’s capabilities yourself with suggestions, drive a little and linger as a passenger. Find union with him. What is clear, we are lazy to drive, and prefer to sit relaxed in the second row.

Small engine with stunning performance

Price IDR 1.7 billion (OFR)
1,998 cc petrol engine, 4 cylinder, twin power turbo
Power 258 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 2000-2500 rpm
Acceleration 6.2 seconds (0-100kph)
Top Speed ​​250 km/h
Cons. BBM 17.2 kpl (combination)
CO2 emission 34 g/km,
Euro 5 Emission Standard

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