Our Cars brief update: BMW 730d (month three), CAR+ May 2016

Published: 01 April 2016

► Month three with our BMW 730d M Sport
► It's tech overload in the latest 7-series
► Gesture control doesn't work well, though 

The result is in earlier than expected: gesture control doesn’t work, not even if you’re ET. At least, not yet. BMW knows this, of course – that’s why the 730d offers three other ways of turning the radio down – but I applaud the fact they’ve put the technology out there, ready or not.

Trouble is, there’s so much tech in the 7-series I can’t decide what to use. Tap the screen? Turn the iDrive dial? Use the dial-top touchpad? Try voice control? Use the wheel-mounted controller? Turn the analogue knob? BMW is better qualified than me to decide, yet obviously can’t make up its mind either.

Logbook: BMW 730d M Sport

Price: £68,180 
As tested: £84,465 
Miles this month: 1717 
Total miles: 6426 
Our mpg: 42.4 
Official mpg: 60.1 
Fuel this month: £179.43
Extra costs: £0

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By Greg Fountain

CAR's former managing editor, editor, caption chiseller, noticer of ironies