Consider this please... the BMW 730d M Sport hits 62mph in a blistering 6.4 seconds - its
kerb-weight is 1,940KG, and it is over five metres long. In contrast, the MINI Countryman
One Auto hits 62mph in a comparatively sluggish 13.9 seconds. Its kerb-weight is only
1,370KG, and this run-around is over one metre shorter than the mighty BMW. So, which
of these cars is the most fuel efficient? Logic suggests the MINI, of course, but the 730d is
the winner. As such, it averages 41.5mpg compared to 39.2. The BMW is also more frugal
on an extra-urban run. That is remarkable considering the relative weight, size, and speed.
The BMW 730d M Sport has other strengths to complement its astonishing frugality. The
six-speed auto transmission is both responsive and refined, the ride is a constant source
of joy, and the styling is a striking blend of classic elegance and modern majesty. This
245bhp four-door saloon also has supremely confident handling, and plenty of toys to
make life entertaining. Features include: Bluetooth, MP3 playback, parking sensors, cruise
control, and fantastically comfortable leather seats. It even has a 500-litre boot, which is
larger than the MINI's 'seat-up' capacity. No wonder this high-spec 7 Series costs £62,695.