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Good: Great range of diesel and petrol engines. High-tech yet intuitive nav and media system. Slick ride and handling.
Bad: There are more practical family hatchbacks. Mean standard equipment levels. No hybrid or electric models. Most advanced safety systems are optional.
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. Some 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.
Good: The replacement for 1 Series Coupe. Much better looking inspired by the stylish 4 Series. Great blend of ride and handling. M240i is superb and hugely enjoyable.
Bad: 220d can sound a little gruff at high revs.
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: Interior starting to feel dated alongside rivals like the Audi A4 Avant.
Good: More grown-up 3 Series. Fine balance on the road. Fantastic diesel engines.
Bad: Diesel engine stop/start system can be gruff. Beginning to feel and look old inside and out. A lot of safety equipment is on the options list.
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: Gets new six-speed manual gearbox and upgraded engines.
Bad: Not on sale until March 2019.
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: Superb refinement and quality. Impressive handling. Decent equipment levels. Automatic as standard.
Bad: Not cheap, and extras can easily add £16,000 to the price. Not quite as plush as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Good: Rides superbly thanks to standard fit self-levelling air suspension. xDrive available on top models. Impeccable quality interior. All have 2000kg towing capacity.
Bad: Only two models below £40,000 - 520i SE and 520d SE. Steering lacks the weight of previous 5 Series.
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: Sleek looks and more handsome than previous 6 Series. Powerful yet economical 640d has an epic engine. Amazingly refined.
Bad: More of a grand tourer than a sports car.
Good: More stylish replacement for the 5 Series GT: majors on comfort and luxury. More rear seat room and loadspace.
Bad: Expensive. All over £40k, so all in £450pa annual tax bracket.
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: Air ride provides outstanding ride quality. Huge array of high tech gadgetry as standard. Superb long distance comfort. Strong performance from all engines.
Bad: Steering feels overly assisted even in Sport setting.
Good: Luxury convertible available with V8 petrol engine.
Bad: Not on sale until 2019.
Good: Luxury coupe to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. M850i has a 4.4-litre V8.
Bad: Not arriving until later in 2018.
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: Tiny boot unless rear seats are used for luggage.
Good: Proper M version of M235i, thoroughly re-worked with 370HP, 500Nm torque, 186mph top speed, 0-60 in 4.2 with M DCT and 29mpg. Safe, handling with prodigious rear end grip in Comfort and Sport modes.
Bad: Tyre roar on UK roads. Limited to 155mph in UK. DCT brake pedal too far to the right.
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.
Bad: Slightly heavier than M3. Two doors less practical than four.
Good: Supercar performance in a four-door saloon. Now all-wheel drive.
Bad: Six figure price with just a few extras that many buyers will consider essential
Good: Massive power. 189mph top speed. Much better looking than predecessor. 28.5mpg combined.
Bad: High price.
Good: V8 engine producing more than 600PS.
Bad: On sale in 2019.
Good: Practical, spacious and good to drive. Diesel engines offer strong performance and low running costs. Primarily front wheel drive. Well-equipped as standard.
Bad: Expensive compared to mainstream rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, but less than an Evoque. Options can add up quickly.
Good: Handles well for a crossover. Quiet and comfortable on the motorway. Diesels are very economical.
Bad: Cramped rear seats. 18d only comes as a manual. Around £1000 more than an equivalent X1.
Good: Longer wheelbase X3 for 2018. Features a new 2.0 litre petrol engine and a 360PS turbocharged straight six. Massively improved over previous X3.
Bad: UK starting price now £38,800 and all to easy to load it up with extras.
Good: Comes with new X40d engine but X20d is the most economical with an official 50mpg+.
Bad: Looks aren't universally popular...
Good: Fourth-generation X5 has more interior space than before. 30d engine has claimed 47mpg. Available with seven seats.
Bad: No hybrid model.
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: Bold, brash and surprisingly enjoyable to drive
Bad: Not as useful as an X5, and people will make assumptions about you. Not cheap, either.
Good: Huge seven-seater 4x4 SUV with choice of three powerful 3.0-litre straight six turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
Bad: Huge and imposing, possibly a bit big for UK roads. In UK from Spring 2019.
Good: Promises to be more driver focused than the previous Z4.
Bad: Soft top rather than folding hard top.
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