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  • BMW 3 Series: Legend in its Own Time
    BMW 3 Series: Legend in its Own Tim … Thu, Jun 11, 2015 12:05 BST

    The arrival of BMW’s new 3 Series saloon highlighted an increased focus on delivering a fine handling car to the masses. The tagline might be no more, but the last four … More »BMW 3 Series: Legend in its Own Tim …

    BMW 3 Series: Legend in its Own Time

    The arrival of BMW’s new 3 Series saloon highlighted an increased focus on delivering a fine handling car to the masses. The tagline might be no more, but the last four decades have seen the 3 Series cement BMW’s status as the go-to brand for keen drivers. Model Stance In E21 guise – that quirky model codename has become …

  • Stretching The Possibilities (BMW 218d Luxury Active Tourer Long Term Test: Month Five)
    Stretching The Possibilities (BMW 218d … Fri, Jun 5, 2015 08:05 BST

    It doesn’t sound like much, but to many buyers it can be the difference between giving a lift to friends, planning a bigger family or even being blessed with more rear … More »Stretching The Possibilities (BMW 218d …

    Stretching The Possibilities (BMW 218d Luxury Active Tourer Long Term Test: Month Five)

    It doesn’t sound like much, but to many buyers it can be the difference between giving a lift to friends, planning a bigger family or even being blessed with more rear load space. The seven-seat Gran Tourer - yes, the lack of a ‘d’ is deliberate on BMW’s part - adds two compact rear seats meant mostly for children.

  • Posh On the Cheap (BMW 1 Series 5dr 2004-2011)
    Posh On the Cheap (BMW 1 Series 5dr … Tue, Jun 2, 2015 11:05 BST

    ENGINES – It might have been positioned as an entry-level BMW but 1 Series buyers weren’t short of choice right from the off. The car boasted a wide choice of engines … More »Posh On the Cheap (BMW 1 Series 5dr …

    Posh On the Cheap (BMW 1 Series 5dr 2004-2011)

    ENGINES – It might have been positioned as an entry-level BMW but 1 Series buyers weren’t short of choice right from the off. The car boasted a wide choice of engines to suit all budgets, with diesel dominating in the company car market. For keen drivers there’s also a good range of high power petrol units.EXTERIOR – From …

  • Collection of seven BMW M5s up for auction
    Collection of seven BMW M5s up for  … Fri, May 29, 2015 11:05 BST

    FOR MANY fans it is the ultimate sports saloon and in an upcoming auction there's an opportunity to secure the ultimate collection of BMW M5s. Classic Car Auctions June … More »Collection of seven BMW M5s up for  …

    Collection of seven BMW M5s up for auction

    FOR MANY fans it is the ultimate sports saloon and in an upcoming auction there's an opportunity to secure the ultimate collection of BMW M5s. Classic Car Auctions June Sale at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 6th June will feature a seven-car M5 collection all from the same seller - as well as a rare Alpina …

  • First Drive: BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
    First Drive: BMW 2 Series Gran Tour … Fri, May 1, 2015 15:05 BST

    What’s new?From most angles this 2 Series Gran Tourer will look familiar to the BMW faithful. The German firm recently branched out into unfamiliar territory with its … More »First Drive: BMW 2 Series Gran Tour …

    First Drive: BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

    What’s new?From most angles this 2 Series Gran Tourer will look familiar to the BMW faithful. The German firm recently branched out into unfamiliar territory with its five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer, and this addition to the family adds two extra rear seats plus a little more space for hauling family-related clobber. …

  • Labour Saving Active Tourer Continues to Impress (BMW 218d Luxury Active Tourer Long Term Test: Month Two)
    Labour Saving Active Tourer Continues … Sat, Feb 28, 2015 18:05 GMT

    Despite the presence of the BMW roundel on its nose, this car is all about making life aboard easy and enjoyable. BMW’s premium approach extends to cream leather and … More »Labour Saving Active Tourer Continues …

    Labour Saving Active Tourer Continues to Impress (BMW 218d Luxury Active Tourer Long Term Test: Month Two)

    Despite the presence of the BMW roundel on its nose, this car is all about making life aboard easy and enjoyable. BMW’s premium approach extends to cream leather and carpets, which is fine if your brood is almost ready to fly the nest but not when they’re still prone to dropping food or crawling across the seats like it’s …

  • First Drive: BMW 2 Series Convertible
    First Drive: BMW 2 Series Convertib … Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:05 GMT

    BMW’s new naming convention sees the 1 Series positioned as a sensible hatchback, while the new 2 Series family boasts an aspirational coupe and convertible pairing. … More »First Drive: BMW 2 Series Convertib …

    First Drive: BMW 2 Series Convertible

    BMW’s new naming convention sees the 1 Series positioned as a sensible hatchback, while the new 2 Series family boasts an aspirational coupe and convertible pairing. Looks and image Compact premium convertibles are big business. This 2 Series Convertible is the logical evolution of BMW’s compact offering, and its familiar …

  • BMW’s Active Participant Starts To Shine (BMW 218d Luxury Active Tourer Long Term Test: Month One)
    BMW’s Active Participant Starts To Shine … Fri, Jan 16, 2015 18:05 GMT

    I can remember the first iteration of BMW’s radical new iDrive system. With added shortcut buttons and a more intuitive interface to make your life much easier, you … More »BMW’s Active Participant Starts To Shine …

    BMW’s Active Participant Starts To Shine (BMW 218d Luxury Active Tourer Long Term Test: Month One)

    I can remember the first iteration of BMW’s radical new iDrive system. With added shortcut buttons and a more intuitive interface to make your life much easier, you can even select a basic handwriting recognition touchpad to help when inputing postcodes for the navigation function.

  • First Drive: BMW 3 Series Plug In Hybrid prototype
    First Drive: BMW 3 Series Plug In Hybrid … Thu, Dec 11, 2014 19:05 GMT

    What’s new?From the outside there’s almost nothing to distinguish the PIH from any other 3 Series – and that’s exactly the intention. Designed to fit neatly into the … More »First Drive: BMW 3 Series Plug In Hybrid …

    First Drive: BMW 3 Series Plug In Hybrid prototype

    What’s new?From the outside there’s almost nothing to distinguish the PIH from any other 3 Series – and that’s exactly the intention. Designed to fit neatly into the rest of the range rather than being a standalone model, the 3 Series PHEV has all its changes under the skin.Under the bonnet there’s a new generation 2.0-litre …

  • First Drive: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
    First Drive: BMW 2 Series Active To … Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:05 BST

    So, in a nutshell, everything about this 2 Series Active Tourer is new. Looks and image It’s true that, in profile, the Active Tourer shares little with any existing … More »First Drive: BMW 2 Series Active To …

    First Drive: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

    So, in a nutshell, everything about this 2 Series Active Tourer is new. Looks and image It’s true that, in profile, the Active Tourer shares little with any existing BMW. The car’s raked windscreen and stubby nose hint at a more energetic demeanour than most small people carriers, although the latter’s trademark kidney …

  • First Drive: BMW M4 Convertible
    First Drive: BMW M4 Convertible Fri, Sep 5, 2014 17:05 BST

    The M4 and its folding hard-top roof make up the replacement for the old M3 Convertible. The new number is part of BMW's efforts to separate its four- and two-door cars, … More »First Drive: BMW M4 Convertible

    First Drive: BMW M4 Convertible

    The M4 and its folding hard-top roof make up the replacement for the old M3 Convertible. The new number is part of BMW's efforts to separate its four- and two-door cars, which now wear odd and even numbers respectively. BMW says their task, in line with customer feedback, was to make the M4 Convertible lighter, more efficient …

  • First Drive: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
    First Drive: BMW 4 Series Gran Coup … Fri, Aug 8, 2014 13:05 BST

    Some of the Gran Coupe is brand-new, namely the exterior. Frameless as in the coupe they close up against a lower roof, and as a result the Gran Coupe looks sufficiently … More »First Drive: BMW 4 Series Gran Coup …

    First Drive: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

    Some of the Gran Coupe is brand-new, namely the exterior. Frameless as in the coupe they close up against a lower roof, and as a result the Gran Coupe looks sufficiently different from the 3 Series saloon. Looks and image It might be similar on paper to a 3 Series saloon but the 4 Series Gran Coupe has more in common …

  • First Drive: BMW X4
    First Drive: BMW X4 Mon, Jul 28, 2014 13:05 BST

    Looks and image The reaction to this car will probably be similar to the one the X6 was subjected to, which is to say some people will be a little bit sick in their … More »First Drive: BMW X4

    First Drive: BMW X4

    Looks and image The reaction to this car will probably be similar to the one the X6 was subjected to, which is to say some people will be a little bit sick in their mouths while others will furiously start writing cheques and dashing post-haste to their nearest BMW dealer.

  • First Drive: BMW i8
    First Drive: BMW i8 Wed, Jul 16, 2014 11:05 BST

    What’s new?Considering the quantum leap in design and approach to performance motoring, it would be easier to list what wasn't new about BMW's i8. Furthermore, the i8's … More »First Drive: BMW i8

    First Drive: BMW i8

    What’s new?Considering the quantum leap in design and approach to performance motoring, it would be easier to list what wasn't new about BMW's i8. Furthermore, the i8's appearance is a world apart from BMW's familiar, more conservative, family of conventional cars. Looks and image Taking the definition of dramatic to …

  • First Drive: BMW M4
    First Drive: BMW M4 Mon, Jun 16, 2014 11:05 BST

    But frankly that’s a waste of a performance car. The other type are the badge snobs who want that M badge – and possibly one of the more eye-catching colours – to let … More »First Drive: BMW M4

    First Drive: BMW M4

    But frankly that’s a waste of a performance car. The other type are the badge snobs who want that M badge – and possibly one of the more eye-catching colours – to let everyone know they’ve arrived.

  • First Drive: BMW 420d Convertible
    First Drive: BMW 420d Convertible Wed, Jun 4, 2014 10:05 BST

    What’s new?In a parallel universe this car would still be called a 3 Series, but BMW has shaken up its naming conventions and the two-door 3 Series is now the 4 Series. … More »First Drive: BMW 420d Convertible

    First Drive: BMW 420d Convertible

    What’s new?In a parallel universe this car would still be called a 3 Series, but BMW has shaken up its naming conventions and the two-door 3 Series is now the 4 Series. The initial signs are good, thanks in part to the Convertible’s powered metal roof and the familiar cabin environment boasting all the usual BMW mod cons, …

  • First Drive: BMW M235i
    First Drive: BMW M235i Wed, May 28, 2014 12:05 BST

    What’s new?This M235i variant is the quick version of BMW’s new 2 Series Coupe. Since a recent naming reshuffle you’re excused for thinking that you’re looking at a … More »First Drive: BMW M235i

    First Drive: BMW M235i

    What’s new?This M235i variant is the quick version of BMW’s new 2 Series Coupe. Since a recent naming reshuffle you’re excused for thinking that you’re looking at a 1 Series Coupe. Yes, an M2 is on the way, but until then you’ve got the M235i - likely a more rounded and sensible choice if you’ve only got space for one …

  • GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term test final report)
    GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term … Thu, Apr 3, 2014 13:05 BST

    Because BMW has for many decades now fashioned its position as a creator or fabulous saloons, estates and coupes there appears to be something of a mental block for anything … More »GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term …

    GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term test final report)

    Because BMW has for many decades now fashioned its position as a creator or fabulous saloons, estates and coupes there appears to be something of a mental block for anything that doesn’t fit into the template.

  • First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Convertible
    First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Conve … Mon, Mar 10, 2014 13:05 GMT

    What’s new?The lack of a fixed roof is, unsurprisingly, the most obvious change to this 4 Series model. In keeping with the old 3 Series Convertible, the 4 Series retains … More »First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Conve …

    First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Convertible

    What’s new?The lack of a fixed roof is, unsurprisingly, the most obvious change to this 4 Series model. In keeping with the old 3 Series Convertible, the 4 Series retains the metal folding hard top, too.Naturally you can expect the 4 Series drop-top to offer coupe-like driving thrills thanks to the work done by BMW engineers …

  • First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d
    First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d Wed, Jan 8, 2014 17:05 GMT

    BMW’s X5 has been diverting people out of rival 4x4s since 2009, and the third generation model is an impressive step forward in every direction. But that’s not enough … More »First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d

    First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d

    BMW’s X5 has been diverting people out of rival 4x4s since 2009, and the third generation model is an impressive step forward in every direction. But that’s not enough for some people, and BMW’s relentless pursuit of new niches means there’s an X5 with a very different flavour. The M50d gets to wear the coveted ‘M’ badge …

 

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  • First Drive - Ferrari California T
    First Drive - Ferrari California T

    There's some debate over whether a turbocharged Ferrari is actually something new or not, but however you look at it the California T is the first of a new generation … More »First Drive - Ferrari California T

    First Drive - Ferrari California T

    There's some debate over whether a turbocharged Ferrari is actually something new or not, but however you look at it the California T is the first of a new generation of the Prancing Horse's cars that incorporate a turbo not just for power, but for efficiency under the unsympathetic gaze of the European Parliament. It's …

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    First Drive: Jaguar F-Type S manual

    Jaguar’s F-Type is the best sports car to come from the British brand in decades, but that hasn’t prevented them from trying to make it better. For the 2016 model year … More »First Drive: Jaguar F-Type S manual

    First Drive: Jaguar F-Type S manual

    Jaguar’s F-Type is the best sports car to come from the British brand in decades, but that hasn’t prevented them from trying to make it better. For the 2016 model year there are some visual and mechanical tweaks but most significantly it is available with a manual gearbox for the first time. Elsewhere all F-Type models …