BMW Reviews

BMW has grown into one of the world's leading producers of prestige, luxury, SUV, sports and high-performance cars, petrol-electric hybrids, and electric cars, all promising the ultimate driving experience. There's a vast range made up of prestige and luxury hatches, sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles, including 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series models. The SUVs include X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6. There's also the Z4 sports car and the M Sport high-performance range of M3, M4, M5, M6, X5 M and X6 M, and the i3 and i8 technological flagships.

BMW's 1 Series is a cheap ticket to a prestige badge for singles or young couples. A BMW for less than $40,000. That's the sales pitch for the BMW 1 Series . In the past this meant a bare-bones feature list and a reversing camera as an expensive option. But the most recent 1 Series comes with a promise of more value for money, matched to the same class-leading driving experience for the enthusiast. The...Read more
This is a BMW but not as we've known them. For as long as I can remember, BMW cars have been all about driving. Even the company slogan, The Ultimate Driving Machine, makes this promise for everything with the propeller badge. But this one, the Active Tourer in the 2 Series line-up , is all about family. It's not the ultimate in family machines but it makes a lot of sense for new-age nuclear families...Read more
With BMW sales soaring and more and more first-timers buying the BMW hype the company had to think about its entry-level model. The 3-Series had long been the route most baby beemers took to join the BMW club, but over time it had grown in size and cost, to the point that it was out of reach of many prospective buyers. NEW It was only natural then that BMW would build a smaller model that...Read more
Describing a BMW 1 Series as good-looking would rank about the same as ‘honest politician’ in terms of rarely-spoken phrases, but the refreshed second-generation model is set to change this. Unlike the polarising designs of the first two iterations, the cheapest model to wear the propeller badge has been nipped and tucked front and rear to give it the visual appeal it’s always deserved. The model lineup has also been shuffled, with mechanical tweaks and...Read more
Many would have you believe that four-seat convertibles are for cruising Hollywood Boulevard, not carving corners. Plenty of holiday brochures suggest they’re just about driving slow, feeling the wind in your hair, drinking in the scenery and smelling nature. So why does BMW build a 2 Series with big brakes, stiff suspension, sticky tyres, a 240kW weapon under the bonnet and no roof? Because the Bavarians know how to turn an ordinary convertible into a...Read more
Drop the soft-top and you'll warm to this convertible - even in the cold Being sandwiched between two B-doubles is never entertaining. The noise, the lack of peripheral vision and the sheer mass of the metal on either side tends to focus the attention on staying precisely in the middle of your lane. Doing it in a convertible in Melbourne in June adds another couple of layers to the experience — not least the fact...Read more
Reversing cameras are finally part of the picture for BMW in Australia. After years of denial, the arrival of the updated 1 Series brings a standard camera across a BMW model line-up for the first time. The tail-end change is part of an update package that's headlined by Australian styling, thanks to Sydney-born designer Calvin Luk , and includes eight-speed auto, real-time traffic alerts, alloy wheels and automatic wipers on every 1 Series. BMW Australia...Read more
The 2 Series carrier comes close to being the complete mini people-mover package. Having for years mocked front-wheel-drive cars, BMW has finally embraced the idea — in the form of a family wagon. The car world has been eager to judge whether BMW's first attempt at the mainstream can bring some pizzazz to an otherwise mundane segment of the market. DESIGN Box-shaped hatchbacks are all the rage in Europe: they fit in the same parking...Read more
For years, BMW's most cherished brand value was its adherence to rear-wheel drive. That's what you needed for "the ultimate driving machine" and "pure driving pleasure". Then recently the penny dropped that to make small cars that are practical and efficient, sticking to that format simply doesn't work. Taking power from the bonnet to the rear axle is expensive to build and to run, and takes up too much space. The dogma was ditched and...Read more