A longer 730Ld is now available in the UK at a price of £56,790 OTR. It's offered with a heap of standard comfort features and optional extras like DVD screens and adjustable rear seats.

The UK is one of Europe's most important diesel car markets. Therefore most motor manufacturers doing business in the UK will offer at least one diesel derivative in their lineup. BMW is one of these automakers as it expects about 85% of 7 Series sales over the year to be diesel-powered. It has just launched the new 730Ld priced at £56,790 OTR. This is the long-wheelbase version of the 730d and comes with an additional 14cm of rear legroom. The car can be driven by its owner or by a chauffeur when the passengers seek the extra space and comfort of the rear.

Buyers of the 730d require certain levels of luxury specification and BMW is delivering on that expectation. Features like a self-leveling rear suspension, an electrically-powered rear window sunblind, individually heated and air-conditioned seats, and 9-inch twin flat adjustable monitor screens come either standard or as options depending on the package selected.

Powering the 730Ld is a 3.0-litre straight six turbo diesel motor producing 245hp (180kW) and 540Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic gearbox accompanies this engine and helps the car achieve a 0 - 62mph time of 7.3 seconds as well as a top speed of 153mph. It registers a 194g/km emissions figure and a 38.7mpg combined consumption figure.


Gallery: BMW 730Ld Launched in the UK