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BMW Road Tests

BMW is introducing xDrive four wheel drive to the 3-Series and 1-Series. Here we give you a sneak first drive of the 120d xDrive, due in the UK in March 2013.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012
New BMW 125d M Sport surprises and delights with outstanding combination of performance, economy and handling.
Wed, 18 Jul 2012
BMW's smallest model finally gets the M treatment - but has it been worth the wait?
Tue, 17 May 2011
The refreshed 1 Series is as good to drive as ever, but gets improved economy and sharper styling.
Wed, 29 Apr 2015
The 118d Efficient Dynamics is an incarnation of BMW cleaning up its act. Reducing CO2s, which goes hand in hand with improving economy. Yet also boosting power and performance.
Tue, 01 May 2007
Rock solid was the first impression. Yes, I know that’s a corny old cliché, but the BMW 120d really does feel as if it’s been drilled and ground out of a solid piece of iron ore.
Sat, 25 Sep 2004
To get an idea of what the BMW 135i is like, how does 306PS in a 4-seat coupe the size of a Golf grab you?
Sat, 27 Oct 2007
With seven seats, a luxurious cabin and enjoyable driving dynamics, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is easy to recommend.
Sun, 21 Jun 2015
Does BMW's first ever MPV - powered by engines from the MINI - hit the mark?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014
With the Jaguar XE arriving along with an all-new Audi A4 on the horizon - BMW is giving the 3 Series a subtle mid-life refresh.
Fri, 04 Sep 2015
With a 0-60 of 5.6, a top speed of 155, yet a CO2 of 149g/km, the new BMW F30 328i is probably the closest to perfection you can get in a medium sized saloon car.
Tue, 07 Feb 2012
The F34 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo is a longer, taller, wider, more expensive hatchback version of the 3-Series. Does it make sense?
Tue, 30 Apr 2013
The new BMW 3 Series is as good to drive as ever, with added technology and a premium interior.
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
The BMW 320td Compact is a bit of an oddball. Sometimes you just fall in love with a car. You didn't expect to. You thought you'd judge it dispassionately, like everything else.
Thu, 21 Feb 2002
The new generation BMW 3 Series Touring is more practical than its predecessor, with neat features like an electric tailgate as standard.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012
With ideal 50/50 weight distribution and a 25% stiffer shell than the old E46 320d Touring, it goes and handles like a true rear-drive thoroughbred.
Wed, 03 Aug 2005
Every seven years BMW presents us with a new 3-Series coupe. In 1992 it was the E36. In 1999 the E46. And now, in 2006, the E92 coupe.
Wed, 13 Sep 2006
The successor to the popular 3 Series Coupe, the new 4 Series is a great looking and very desirable coupe that shows BMW at its best.
Thu, 29 Aug 2013
When you read ‘Grand Touring’, do you think of a Cortina with a little red badge on the back wing? Or do you think of Kevin McCloud’s recent television series, evoking memories of Grand Tours by adventurous Victorians?
Sat, 24 Oct 2009
The newest addition to a tweaked BMW 5 Series range is the 518d which sees the entry price of a 5 Series drop to below £30k.
Sun, 29 Sep 2013
I suppose I asked for it, really. As with the Citroen C2 1.1L also tested on this site, I reasoned that all the other road tests you read will be for top spec BMW E60 5 Series. So I thought I’d fill the gap with my impressions of the most basic model of the range.
Sun, 14 Dec 2003
HJ and George Fowler from The Star embark on a 1,500 mile road trip from Estepona to Hounslow, slowly getting to grips with BMW's latest Connected Drive
Mon, 27 Feb 2017
BMW 5 Series PHEV delivers small car economy with dynamic handling and performance.
Fri, 16 Jun 2017
The first UK BMW 5-Series F10s, that go on sale on 20th March, will all be SE spec, which includes the luxury of Dakota leather upholstery, BMW Professional Radio/CD, Bluetooth hands-free phone preparation, Dynamic Stability Control, front and rear pictogram Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and Climate Control air-conditioning.
Tue, 16 Mar 2010
The 6 Series Gran Coupe the latest rival to the Audi A7 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz CLS. How does it fare against them?
Mon, 21 May 2012
In a change of nomenclature, the luxurious BMW 5-Series GT hatchback becomes the new G32 6-Series GT. HJ takes a ride in a 640i GT.
Fri, 13 Oct 2017
Air Ride finally gives the BMW 7-Series ride quality to rival the S-Class, and a lot more intriguing high tech features besides. HJ drives it.
Thu, 15 Oct 2015
In pondering the latest BMW 7-Series, Martin Gurdon writes: A lot of us have invested in things we might have avoided if only we’d known the world economy would start behaving like a grand piano chucked from the top of a tower block.
Fri, 09 Jan 2009
Has the new BMW 8 Series got what it takes to battle with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe?
Tue, 18 Dec 2018
This is a test of two parts: first the new F40 BMW 118i DCT; and secondly the F40 BMW M135i Steptronic. The new front-drive or xDrive 4WD 1 Series are 5mm shorter than the previous rear-drive F20 1-Series, but with transverse engines are much more spacious inside, with 33mm extra rear legroom and a decent 380 litre load capacity.
Wed, 25 Sep 2019
Half a day isn't enough to get to grips with the complexity of the 2017 BMW G30/G31 5-Series. So HJ revisited a 530d Touring over 1,700 miles.
Mon, 03 Jul 2017
Two versions of the spacious new BMW G31 5-Series Touring avoid 'luxury tax' in years two to five. HJ gets to grips with the new car in Hampshire.
Fri, 09 Jun 2017
Whet your appetite. Instead of a standard road test, this is a 1,452 mile road trip, from Malaga in Southern Spain via spectacular scenery all the way back to the UK.
Mon, 18 Apr 2016
Why is it that as legislators and police get heavier and heavier on speed manufacturers keep coming up with faster and faster cars?
Tue, 14 Aug 2007
Quicker, lighter, more powerful and now four-wheel drive - the new M5 is the sum total of BMW's finest engineering. It shows.
Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Niche marketing is all about finding needs people didn’t know they had, then fulfilling them. And VAG, Mercedes and BMW are becoming increasingly good at it.
Tue, 20 Oct 2009
The BMW X1 has been updated in a bid to remain competitive against the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40. Is it still top of the class?
Tue, 01 Oct 2019
The BMW X2 is the sporty version of the X1 crossover, with better handling, more luxury and coupe-like styling.
Mon, 05 Mar 2018
New F25 BMW X3 does everything either a little bit better or a lot better than all of its competitors.
Mon, 29 Nov 2010
The new BMW X3 G01 for 2018 is improved in every respect over its predecessor. HJ lives with one for 1,500 miles from Malaga to Heathrow.
Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The X4 has been on sale for just four years, but a replacement X3 means it’s also time for the SUV-coupe to be refreshed. Indeed, it’s more than just a refresh - it’s completely new, sharing a platform with the X3 yet boasting a wider rear track and - so BMW says - the handling to compete with the likes of Porsche’s Macan. Bold statement.
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
BMW shouldn't have messed around naming this the X5. They should have come straight out and called it the Intimidator. Painted solid black, with black glass, a big V8 petrol engine and a set of four drainpipe exhausts, it's the ultimate in motorway muscle.
Thu, 14 Mar 2002
BMW's third generation F15 X5 monsters in with a 381PS/740Nm torque M50d version, but is it a monster to drive?
Wed, 16 Oct 2013
Is the big and brash BMW X7 the ultimate all-rounder? It's certainly good enough to take on the likes of the mighty Range Rover.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019
It’s a good looking car, the BMW Z4 Coupe. Hunched on its back wheels like a cat about to pounce, there’s a bit of competition E-Type, Ferrari GTO, Cobra Daytona and BMW 507 in it. Somehow, all the bells Bangles and beads come together.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006
This is really a four-car test. We drove the new BMW Z4 sDrive 23i manual and 35i DCT auto. But since the new BMW Z4 has an electric folding hard top it’s a replacement of both the previous Z4 roadster and Z4 coupe. So each new Z4 is two cars in one.
Fri, 15 May 2009
Based on the new 5 Series, the Z4 is bigger than before. But does that make it better?
Wed, 20 Mar 2019
 

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