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Good: Impressive handling for a hatchback. Very efficient diesel engines including 114d. Enjoyable to drive. High quality interior.
Bad: The looks take some getting used to. Space is tight in the back.
Good: The replacement for 1 Series Coupe. Much better looking inspired by the stylish 4 Series. Great blend of ride and handling. M235i is superb and hugely enjoyable.
Bad: 220d can sound a little gruff at high revs.
Good: Good to drive. Well-finished cabin. Electric tailgate and one-touch folding seats as standard. Efficient engines.
Bad: With options packs it can get expensive. Rivals offer better practicality and more space.
Good: Nicely finished cabin. Great to drive yet comfortable. Wide engine selection.
Bad: Getting the correct specification can get expensive. Fabric roof less secure than a folding hard top. Not very family friendly.
Good: Practical cabin with some nice luxury touches. Impressive refinement and good comfort levels. Navigation as standard.
Bad: Back seats are too small for teenagers or adults.
Good: 320d Efficient Dynamics averages a claimed 68.9mpg. Great to drive yet has a forgiving ride. More space in the back than before. xDrive four-wheel drive available.
Bad: Extras can easily add £10,000 to the price.
Good: New stylish hatchback version of the 3 Series. Gets more practical load area, extra rear space and a softer ride. Strong and economical engines.
Bad: More expensive than a 3 Series Touring. Doesn't handle as sharply as the standard saloon.
Good: Station wagon based on the excellent 3 Series.
Bad: Diesel engine stop/start system can be gruff.
Good: Effectively the replacement for the 3 Series Coupe. Longer wheelbase means more interior space. Best looking BMW in the range.
Bad: Firm ride on larger wheels.
Good: Stylish looks and very desirable. 435i is an amazing engine with thunderous performance. Superb handling. Rides better than coupe.
Bad: Roof only works up to 8mph.
Good: Four-door with hatchback practicality. Electric tailgate as standard. Available with xDrive four-wheel drive. Impressive ride quality. Same price as 4 Series Coupe.
Bad: Does look similar to the 3 Series from certain angles.
Good: Simply the best executive saloon on the market. Refined and high quality interior. Great to drive with a forgiving ride. Remarkably efficient 520d. Five-star NCAP crash rating.
Bad: Steering doesn't quite have the feel or weight you'd expect from a BMW.
Good: Refined and spacious alternative to a 7 Series or an X5. Usefully large boot with clever twin opening. Very comfortable and quiet with great performance from all engines.
Bad: Doesn't handle as well a 5 Series saloon. Unusual styling looks awkward from certain angles. Limited rear visibility.
Good: Great to drive with a perfect blend of handling and ride comfort. Top quality interior. Very refined at high speeds. Great engines including very efficient 520d.
Bad: There are other cars in the class with larger boot spaces.
Good: Sleek looks and more handsome than previous 6 Series. Powerful yet economical 640d has an epic engine. High quality interior similar to latest 5 Series. Amazingly refined.
Bad: More of a grand tourer than a sports car.
Good: Incredibly smooth and refined. One of the best convertibles at minimising wind turbulance with the top down. Very well equipped as standard. Good ride quality.
Bad: Other convertibles at this level have a folding hard-top roof.
Good: Four-door version of the 6 Series is an alternative to the Audi A7 Sportback. Available with the excellent 640d engine.
Bad: Prices start at more than £60k.
Good: High quality luxurious interior. Huge amounts of space in the back. Long wheelbase versions available. Efficient Dynamics means good economy and low CO2.
Bad: Too much tyre roar makes it probably the the harshest limo.
Good: BMWs first hybrid matches the 535i for performance but with emissions of just 149g/km and low company car tax rates.
Bad: Not cheap at £46,860.
Good: Available as a range extended version. Impressive performance and handling. Superb interior design. Eight year battery warranty. UK Car of the Year 2014.
Bad: Styling is best described as 'complex'. Boot is a touch on the small side.
Good: Redefines hybrid performance. Great sound from little 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. Mighty through corners with effortlessly smooth acceleration. An absolute joy to drive.
Bad: Sold out in UK until 2016. Tiny boot unless rear seats are used for luggage.
Good: Twin turbo 3.0-litre straight six engine with 430PS. More powerful, quicker yet more economical than before. Impressively forgiving ride. Phenomenal grip in the dry.
Bad: Lacks the V8 sound of the previous M3.
Good: Replacement for M3 Coupe drops V8 for twin turbocharged 3.0-litre engine. Acceleration from 0-62mph is just 4.1 seconds with M DCT. Amazing high speed grip and stability.
Bad: Slightly heavier than M3. Two doors less practical than four.
Good: Immense twin-turbo 560PS V8 engine has more power than outgoing M5 yet improved economy. Thunderous performance. Huge amounts of grip and excellent brakes.
Bad: Not cheap at £73,000 and M Performance Edition an eyewatering £95,140.
Good: Massive power. 189mph top speed. Much better looking than predecessor. 28.5mpg combined.
Bad: High price.
Good: Compact off-roader available with two or four-wheel drive. Car-like to drive. Economical diesel engine with various power outputs. Usefully large boot.
Bad: M Sport models on bigger wheels have stiff ride.
Good: Taller second seneration X1 switches to front wheel drive based 4WD drivetrain with new modular 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines.
Bad: Not on sale until October 2015.
Good: Twin-turbocharging gives strong performance, economy and low emissions. Bigger and much better than previous X3. Good quality cabin and comfortable ride.
Bad: Rear legroom is quite tight. Runs out of off-road ability in more challenging conditions.
Good: Coupe-inspired alternative to the X3. High level of standard equipment including electric tailgate and navigation. Impressively refined ride quality.
Bad: Narrow tailgate glass area means limited rear visibility.
Good: Impressive interior quality and exceptionally comfortable. Handles very well for such a big vehicle. Available as a two-wheel drive 25d model with strong fuel economy.
Bad: Sheer size means it's not always easy to park. Aggressive looks not universally popular.
Good: Stylish and refined roadster coupe with folding hard top. Strong performance from six-cylinder engines. Much improved steering feel came as part of 2013 revamp.
Bad: Top sDrive 35i 340PS engine is expensive.
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