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What features does the BMW 3 Series offer?


If you’re keen to get a new set of wheels, I really think you can’t go wrong with buying a BMW. Whatever you’re looking for from your next car – be it something sexy and sporty or a model that’s a little more practical – I’m fairly certain you’ll be able to find a BMW that’s right for you, especially if you look at the models within its 3 Series.

In fact, this particular range has been popular among motorists ever since its emergence in the 1970s and millions of them have been sold across the world. While we all want different things from our cars, the sheer variety of models in the 3 Series, I think, offers something for everyone as there are saloon, convertible and coupe models to choose from. Keep on reading to find out more about these motors and their features.

Saloon

Do you need to have a vehicle with plenty of room? If you do, you’ll probably be looking to get a saloon so you have lots of space to transport luggage and passengers in comfort.

In this case, I think you should check out what the saloons under the 3 Series banner have to offer. The 316d ES, for example, has a variety of storage compartments, including bottleholders that are integrated into the door trims. The diesel-run vehicle also has an incorrect fuelling protection system and a central locking switch for all doors and luggage compartment.

Attend a BMW car auction in the search for a 3 Series saloon and you could come across the 320d Modern. This stylish vehicle has 17-inch alloy wheels, a TwinPower Turbo engine and hillstart assist, among many other features, so it’s ideal for those who need something that is practical but also offers plenty of performance.

Convertible

If, like me, you like the sensation of taking to the open road with the wind blowing through your hair then having a convertible is a must. Admittedly, the British weather is hardly the best for driving with the roof down, but on the occasions when it is nice outside you should make the most of it.

Choose a 3 Series convertible and I think you’ll easily be able to do this, with the 335i SE coming with a 24-valve turbo engine and high-precision direct injection technology. With a maximum speed of 155 mph and hydraulic power-assisted steering, you certainly won’t find this car to be lacking in the power stakes.

Of course, convertibles aren’t always the cheapest vehicles around, so if you want something that’s a little more budget-friendly you might want to give the 320i SE a shot. This entry-level model doesn’t quite offer the same level of performance as the 335i SE, but as it reaches a top speed of 142 mph it’s still a wonderful choice.

Coupe

Fancy getting a coupe? There’s more than a dozen 3 Series cars to choose from if you do, so there’s plenty of scope to get something suitable for your needs. One model I think you should definitely check out is the 325d Sport Plus, which has chrome twin tailpipes and automatic air-conditioning. This car’s pretty nippy too – it can go from zero to 62 mph in just 6.9 seconds – with M Sport suspension and 19-inch double-spoke alloys among its other features.

Get the 330i M Sport, meanwhile, and you can make use of dynamic brake lighting and electric power steering in a car that comes with a stunning Dakota leather upholstered interior.

Are you looking to buy a 3 Series BMW? If so, please leave a comment and tell us what model you’re thinking of getting!

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BMW X1 Updated


BMW’s baby is the smallest of the X Series, yet retains much of the practicality and spaciousness of its bigger siblings. It’s shorter than a 3-Series which makes it easy to manoeuvre and park, and yet still has impressive space for passengers in the back as well as a large and useful boot. It’s available with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive whilst all the engines are impressively efficient and economical diesels, giving the X1 low running costs. There have been criticisms in the past, including some unusually below-par plastics in the cabin and a rather notchy gearshift on manual models, apparently. Nevertheless there are decent levels of standard equipment, the usual BMW build quality and superb refinement to make the X1 a sound choice. It’s been around since 2009 and has now had a bit of a makeover.

The new incarnation offers a more sporty and refined take on the premium compact crossover with revised dynamic exterior styling and detail improvements to the cabin. Additionally, the X1 is benefiting from a new range of diesel power engines all based on the latest 1,995cc, all-aluminium BMW four-cylinder unit featuring common-rail direct fuel injection and BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology to produce superb power and torque outputs with outstanding efficiency.

The crisp, distinctive lines of the BMW X1 have been strengthened with a comprehensive range of stylistic enhancements. From the front, the X1 receives extended painted surfaces, emphasising the X-shape running along the bonnet’s precision lines, through the kidney grille, and into the lower bumper. The new headlamps add to this dynamic ‘face’, and when specified with the optional Xenon light technology, white LED corona rings and a white LED active eyebrow element provide an even more distinctive frontal appearance to the X1, further enhanced by the new fog lamp surrounds. The side view, with its rising swage line and chunky wheel arch extensions, marks it out instantly as a BMW X model.

The driver-focused cabin of the BMW X1 has received minor adjustments for this revised generation. The driver’s side of the angled centre console is now shallower, and covered with a higher quality surface material, while the panel for the sound system and climate control is now finished in high gloss black to match the air vent surrounds. There have been interior improvements across the board to counter earlier criticisms about a ‘low-rent’ finish.

The xDrive system is fully integrated with the X1’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, so that the electronics can analyse the conditions at the road surface and counteract any understeer or oversteer before the driver is even aware that the vehicle has entered that situation. In addition, clever integration of the systems means that Hill Descent Control (HDC) is available for a controlled decent down a sharp incline.

All in all, a wholly successful upgrade to an already successful model.

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BMW Will Woo Drivers With The “i” Brand


First images of BMW’s new plug-in hybrid concept roadster have been released. Nice, isn’t it? BMW hope to woo us with the “i” brand in the coming years, appealing to our love of technology and our sense of responsibility. It will all start with the i3 city car in 2013, so not so far off. It is hoped that the final version of the i8 coupe will be launched late in 2014 with the Spyder version (pictured) to follow soon after. The idea is for a convincing sports car with the running costs of a city car. Outstanding!

The i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid, powered by an eDrive drive- train which combines a high performance electric motor with a turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine. The lithium-ion batteries are stowed centrally for the benefit of weight distribution, and can be charged quickly from a domestic power socket.

This remarkable car benefits from using a 131bhp electric motor to drive the front wheels and a 223bhp turbo three-cylinder petrol engine to deliver power to the rear; both motors have been developed in house by the company. The car’s light weight coupled with the combined power of 354 horses will ensure startling acceleration and a high but limited top speed whilst delivering, so BMW claim, 94mpg. It’s remarkable, isn’t it, what the motor industry has achieved in a couple of decades. Cars we desired so much just a few short years ago now seem to belong to the stone age.

Lucky owners will be able to plug it into a domestic socket and recharge it in less than two hours. In electric only mode the car will be capable of only about 19 miles but that isn’t really the point of a hybrid, is it? By all accounts the interior is just as compelling as the exterior. Understandably, BMW are bigging this range up and, with the current crop of contributions from other manufacturers, the race for alternative power is really heating up.

Looking at the wonderful design aesthetics I doubt many of you would say no to one of these. The chance to continue with your sports driving whilst achieving nearly 100mpg is a compelling reason to want this car. Snags? Well, yes, and you’ve probably already thought of it. A figure being bandied about is £80,000. Still want one though. Probably best to start saving now, wouldn‘t you say?

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BMW M5 ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’


 

If you hadn’t already heard, the Olympics are coming to London this year, apparently.

And with the most famous sporting event in the world now associating itself with ‘official Olympic partners’ – as is the way in this corporate-led modern world – German automotive manufacturer BMW has marked the occasion by tearing up the beach at Pendine sands, Wales, with its latest uber-saloon, the M5, creating the toned form of an Olympic athlete in the sand.

The firm’s latest iteration of the seminal super-saloon was slewed sideways on the beach, gracefully arcing across the sand to create the stylised symbol.

The 2012 M5 has an all-new 4.4-litre V8 producing 552bhp and a wall of torque available at pretty much any RPM – 502lb ft to be precise – courtesy of twin-turbocharging forced induction.

This means a massively flexible power band of 5,000 revs. Combine a saturated low-friction surface such as sand and there’s bound to be some serious room spin involved.

But thanks to some stunning car control, V8 warble and gratuitous tail out action, you’ll almost certainly break into a smile as the video is a comforting beacon in the non-motoring friendly season for devout petrol heads, as well as proving the new BMW M5 has not lost its edge with a move to turbocharging.

In fact, the new car has addressed all the areas that came under criticism in the previous generation M5.

A new eight-speed double-clutch gearbox corrects clunky automated manual gear change of the old car, a 10-litre larger fuel tank over the standard 5 Series improves range– as well as the hunt for efficiency thanks to the forced induction – and the massive twisting forces at any revs (again from those turbos blowing hard) means that the transmission doesn’t have to be utilised with quite as vigorously as the unit mated to the previous 5.0-litre V10 screamer.

To see the new ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ doing what it does best, and witness the sensational car control of driver Wolfgang Weber on what is a seriously slippy surface – check out the video.

The ‘behind the scenes’ video with interviews from the Director, Stephen Blackman also explains how the short film was shot and gives a few more gratuitous sideways shots of the big Bee-em – lovely!

Check out the Behind the scenes video:

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