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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.
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2020 BMW 740i xDrive

Vehicle Type: Large Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 2
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $89,450
Price as Tested: $102,895
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Midgrade
Fuel Capacity (gal): 20.6
EPA City mpg20
EPA Highway mpg28
EPA Combined mpg23
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
Advanced Headlights [S]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Blind-Spot Warning [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
Overall Observations
One incontrovertible fact is that parking a BMW 740i xDrive in your garage says "I've arrived" in more ways than one. Outside, BMW's flagship sedan is all classy lines and elegant details. Stately is the word that comes to mind, but with no hint of stuffiness. That impression continues inside the spacious and attractive passenger cabin. Premium materials are everywhere, as is just about every tech trick the German automaker has up its sleeve, including Gesture Control, which lets you do things like adjust the audio volume with the wave of your hand. Our test car's smooth 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine (335 hp) provided plenty of refined performance, although we did notice some rough idling on cold starts. The xDrive AWD system is bound to add a bit of assurance for those who drive in places where snowflakes fly. Handling is impressive for a full-size luxury sedan, thanks in part to the standard adaptive air suspension and electronically controlled shock absorbers. An assortment of drive modes makes it possible to tailor the 740i's performance to suit the driving circumstances, from relaxed long-distance freeway cruising to tackling a curvy stretch of back road with gusto.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Roomy, luxurious cabin
  • Bright LED headlights and taillights
Weak Points
  • Low EPA smog rating
  • Tiny center console
  • Luxury, amenities, and performance come with a steep price tag
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4360.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 207.4 / 74.9 / 58.2
Wheelbase (in): 126.4
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli P Zero
Front and rear tire size: 245/70 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.0L I-6 TwinPower Turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 335 @ 6500
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 3.51
EPA Emissions Score: 3.00
Acceleration: 6.91
Braking: 6.53
Crashworthiness: 4.90
Handling: 7.69
Ride Quality: 8.24
Interior Size: 5.81
Easy of Entry and Exit: 7.57
Visibility: 7.66
Interior Noise: 6.89
Cargo Capacity: 1.12
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Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large
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Vehicle Type:  Large
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 28/31
Price as Tested:  $73,840
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2020 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 80/72
Price as Tested:  $84,276
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2020 BMW X3 XDrive30e
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 21/27
Price as Tested:  $65,020
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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Small
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Vehicle Type:  Small
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/108
Price as Tested:  $43,735
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2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/114
Price as Tested:  $53,190
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