After a long run as the sole locally assembled hybrid offering in the segment, the Mercedes-Benz S400h hybrid finally has apple-to-apple competition in the form of the new BMW 740Le xDrive plug-in hybrid.

Munich’s contender for the segment is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, supported by an electric motor. The motor’s batteries can be recharged via a wall socket, and allows it to travel between 30-35km on electric power alone, based on our tests. The official NEDC rating is 41 km.

Also interesting is the inclusion of xDrive, which makes the 740Le an all-wheel drive sedan. We’ve not seen xDrive on BMW sedans in Malaysia before this, only SUVs.

Watch our video review to find out what we think of the 740Le xDrive. For detailed specifications and equipment list, click here for a Car Comparison on CarBase.my or read our launch story.