Latest BMW car reviews

BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive
5.0 stars

BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive

By Leon Poultney

Car salesmen have a very difficult job trying to convince customers to buy an estate car these days. For some reason, the marketing machine has brainwashed the masses into thinking that gigantic SUVs are the perfect companion to family life.In reality,... Read more

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

By Joe Simpson

The new BMW 5-Series is a car we already know to be talented. In our 5-star review of the upper-spec 530d, we said that, judged in isolation, it goes "straight to the top of the class". That's a class which includes the Mercedes E-Class, which when we... Read more

BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?
5.0 stars

BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?

By Leon Poultney

The last-generation BMW 5 Series sold more than two million units worldwide. Two million. To put that into perspective: between 2010 and 2015 Porsche built just over two million cars in total, across its entire range.It is, therefore, not hard to see... Read more

BMW 3-Series (2016) first drive: Retaining the sports saloon crown?

BMW 3-Series (2016) first drive: Retaining the sports saloon crown?

By Joe Simpson

For 40 years BMW has ruled the roost in the junior executive car stakes. It's fended off the arrival of the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class and has remained, by and large, the gold standard in this class of car throughout its history.But now the 3-Series... Read more

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

By Chris Hall

There are advantages to driving a large SUV and for many, it's the ride height, the interior space and the feeling of safety lent by being the biggest thing around that drives appeal. The downside, of course, is that you're hauling a huge amount of car... Read more

Hands-on: BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept explored

Hands-on: BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept explored

By Joe Simpson

BMW rolled out the i8 Spyder again here in CES. Again? Well, you’ll remember we drove the production i8 for the first time back in 2014 (it’s fair to say we loved it too). But in the run up to that car’s launch, BMW built several concept versions... Read more

Rinspeed Etos concept preview: BMW i8 gets added Swiss smarts

Rinspeed Etos concept preview: BMW i8 gets added Swiss smarts

By Joe Simpson

Leftfield Swiss car operation Rinspeed tends to rock up at the Geneva Auto Show each spring with a new concept car – showcasing the very latest technology from its partners, such as Harman, that produce connected car technologies and car audio equipment.So... Read more

BMW 7 Series review: A tech-rich haven
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BMW 7 Series review: A tech-rich haven

By Luke Edwards

The 2015 BMW 7 Series is one of the most tech-crammed cars on the road right now. If you drove this back in time, even by 10 years, the people lucky enough to get a ride in it would have expected it to fly.While the BMW 730Ld M Sport, as reviewed here,... Read more

BMW X1 2015 first drive: Second-gen SUV makes off-road easy

BMW X1 2015 first drive: Second-gen SUV makes off-road easy

By Luke Edwards

BMW already has an X1 on the road. So what's special about this year's model, now in its second-generation 2015 form? Well, it's been redesigned from the ground up and wants to go off-road more than ever.Whereas the original X1 was built on the basic... Read more

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

By Mike Lowe

Hybrids are all the rage in the automotive industry at the moment. And while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer might look like the twisted hybrid spawn of a BMW rear-mounting a Mini Clubman – the two share the same UKL1 wheelbase platform after all –... Read more

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

By Mike Lowe

It's almost strange to think how nonchalantly we consume the world's depleting fossil fuel reserves. Sure, it's fun to hammer a performance car down the motorway (or even a normal car for that matter), with that satisfying hum from the exhausts, but the... Read more

BMW Drive Now car sharing: An affordable way to have a car in the city (hands-on)

BMW Drive Now car sharing: An affordable way to have a car in the city (hands-on)

By Luke Edwards

Getting access to a car in a city isn't always easy or affordable. Car sharing services are now launching that allow for short-term car use, without costing an arm and a leg. BMW offers its Drive Now service in London and worldwide.We signed up to Drive... Read more

BMW M3 review (2014)
4.5 stars

BMW M3 review (2014)

By Joe Simpson

Create a legend and it creates a rod for its own back. The BMW M3 is one such legend and with every new version you'll hear the same complaints: "It's moved too far away from the original concept." "It's too heavy." "It's got the wrong number of cylinders."... Read more

BMW 220d review
4.0 stars

BMW 220d review

By Joe Simpson

BMW has gone to town on a host of new electric, performance and lifestyle models recently, including the i3, i8, X4, M4, M235i - the list has got so long we're almost struggling to keep up. The idea is that there's now a BMW for everyone. Yet what about... Read more

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

By Stuart Miles

The BMW X4 can be seen in two ways, either as a baby version of the popular X6, or as a souped up version of the company's popular X3 model.For all intents and purposes the best way to look at the X4 is like an X3 plus. The car delivers you a few more... Read more

BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

By Joe Simpson

Standing in a small car park on the far Western Coast of the Scottish highlands ought to be the last place you'd expect to draw a crowd. But so futuristic is the look of the new BMW i8, especially in Prototonic blue, that right now it's cameraphone central... Read more

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: First drive in a more practical 4 Series

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: First drive in a more practical 4 Series

By Chris Hall

The Gran Coupé is the third model in the 4 Series family. We've previously driven, and loved, the regular BMW 4-Series Coupé and the BMW 4-Series Convertible models, so we had high expectations for the Gran Coupé. And it delivered.Slipping into the... Read more

BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review
4.5 stars

BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review

By Joe Simpson

We already know the BMW 435i well, having driven one back from its launch event in Scotland last summer and then having spent a week with it, driving it around the UK.But what happens if you lop the roof off a 4-Series? You get a 4-Series Convertible,... Read more

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer pictures and hands-on

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer pictures and hands-on

By Joe Simpson

Yes, you are looking at a BMW. A front wheel drive people carrier called the 2-Series Active Tourer. We’ll just leave that to sink in for a minute.The brand that almost entirely defines itself by its rear-wheel drive cars and has the ability to create... Read more

Hands-on: BMW M235i review

Hands-on: BMW M235i review

By Joe Simpson

If, like us, you’re struggling to keep up with BMW’s numbering system, the skinny on the BMW M235i is that it’s the sleeker, less practical coupe sister to the hatchback M135i we tested (and loved) last year.Like the 435i that’s gone before it,... Read more

BMW M3 & M4 (2014) pictures and hands-on

BMW M3 & M4 (2014) pictures and hands-on

By Joe Simpson

Muscle cars, performance cars and anything sporty was back with a bang at the Detroit Motor Show in 2014. And if you’re looking for the personification of that statement, you needed to look no further than the BMW stand, where the new M4 coupe, resplendent... Read more

Hands-on: Rara music streaming in BMW 4 Series Coupé review

Hands-on: Rara music streaming in BMW 4 Series Coupé review

By Chris Hall

Car manufacturers are increasingly looking to offer connected services to drivers. Those used to having everything at their fingertips on their smartphone can now find that the car is just as connected a place.Cars have long been offering online services... Read more

Hands-on: BMW i3 review

Hands-on: BMW i3 review

By Joe Simpson

After spending time in the company of the new, electrically powered BMW i3 we came away with a clear thought in our minds: we’d just driven the future. Not into the future, of course, as the i3 is a production car in the here and now. You can pop to... Read more

BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review
4.0 stars

BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review

By Joe Simpson

Looking out of the window one grey and wet October morning, it's hard to understand why Brits buy more convertibles than any other country in Europe.Perhaps that's because there are now a wide array of cars - like the upgraded BMW Z4 as tested here -... Read more

BMW 435i M Sport review
4.5 stars

BMW 435i M Sport review

By Joe Simpson

What difference does a name make? Or a number? This is the new BMW 4-Series, or the 435i M Sport to be name precise - and it's a brand new model number in the BMW range that waves goodbye to the outgoing 3-Series Coupe. What exactly was wrong with the... Read more

BMW i3 pictures and hands-on: The premium electric megacity car

BMW i3 pictures and hands-on: The premium electric megacity car

By Chris Hall

If you were playing buzzword bingo at the launch of the BMW i3, then "megacity" would probably be the winning word, so keen was BMW to tell us exactly who should be buying the new BMW i3.It's a term that makes us think of Judge Dredd, throwing us into... Read more

BMW M135i review
5.0 stars

BMW M135i review

By Joe Simpson

Until just a few days before your reading it, the start of this story was quite different. It was built on the premise that this - the littlest performance BMW - had turned the brand’s performance hierarchy on its head, because it was faster than an... Read more

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept pictures and hands-on

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept pictures and hands-on

By Joe Simpson

Don’t believe the concept name, this is your new 3-Series coupe. After being hit for six by the Audi A5-which up-ended this coupe market by introducing an altogether different body style to the saloon A4 - BMW has responded by repositioning its coupe... Read more

BMW C Evolution pictures and eyes-on

BMW C Evolution pictures and eyes-on

By Stuart Miles

BMW is about cars most of the time, but it also has a motorbike division and it's been working just as hard as the car concept team to embrace electric as the main power source.On show at the BMW Pavilion in the Olympic Park, as well as being used as... Read more

BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics
4.0 stars

BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics

By Joe Simpson

What price size? When we reviewed the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics a few weeks back we found it to be fundamentally brilliant and concluded by saying that it was all the car you could ever need. So why might you want to take a step up the BMW ladder, shell... Read more

BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics
4.5 stars

BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics

By Joe Simpson

The BMW 3-Series is a car that epitomises the phrase "all things to all people". It’s consistently one of the 10 best-selling cars in the UK - and it’s easy to see why.It’s big enough for four people and luggage, yet small enough to park easily.... Read more