Test drivers say the BMW X1 has sharp handling and a powerful engine, but they note that limited cargo space and expensive options packages may detract from its appeal.The X1 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which reviewers praise for its ample power.Some say that the X1's fuel-saving start-stop system is jarring and unrefined.An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and is lauded for its quick gear changes.According to the EPA, the 2014 BMW X1 gets up to 8.3 litres per 100 kms highway driving.A turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Majority of critics recommend choosing the four-cylinder model because it offers strong acceleration, better fuel economy and a faster-shifting transmission than the six-cylinder model.The X1 earns praise for its powerful brakes and good steering, as well as its suspension, which they say provides a comfortable ride and athletic handling. Motor editors say the BMW X1's cabin has the sophisticated styling, materials and build quality that one should expect from BMW. Critics also write that the 2014 X1 features roomy front seats, but some recommend upgrading to the optional sport seats for extra support. A few reviewers say that the rear seats aren't spacious enough to be comfortable. The BMW X1 has one of the smallest cargo areas in its class, although one test driver likes the number of small-item storage spaces in the cabin. Reviewers say the X1's iDrive infotainment system is uncomplicated and adeptly controls a number of audio, smartphone and navigation functions. The X1 has a lower base price than many of its competitors, but comes with fewer standard features. Standard features include leatherette seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, BMW's iDrive infotainment system and an eight-speaker audio system with HD Radio. Optional features include leather seats, power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, an 11-speaker Harman/Kardon surround-sound system, a rear-view camera and navigation. Comments from other New Car websites: "The 2014 BMW X1's sharp handling and exciting performance are rarities for a small crossover SUV. However, it doesn't offer much utility and, when typically optioned, it's a questionable value alongside its roomier competitors in this price range." -- Edmunds "The X1 is a fine place to look for those who crave owning a premium brand but don't necessarily want to pay the high prices that are usually part of the deal. Be careful picking extras though--it's possible to add $10,000 or more to the sticker price." -- Consumer Guide "The X1 travels fast, handles dynamically and is surprisingly luxurious for a junior crossover." -- The New York Times (2013)
The M4 is the newest addition to BMW's line of notorious M performance coupes. Power comes from a 316 Kw twin-turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine, mated to either six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive and drivers can expect explosive performance from the M4's new engine, as well as the M Division's renowned handling capabilities In a mission to shave weight, many of the M4's components are now made of carbon fibre (and this includes the driveshaft). Based on the current, F30-generation 3- and F32 4-series, the new M4 is longer and wider than its M3 predecessor and much lighter. Extremist enthusiasts applaud BMW's fanatical approach to weight saving, and on this generation, BMW fashions the front and rear suspension links, as well as the hood and fenders, from aluminium. Carbon fibre is used for the roof, drive-shaft (as already mentioned above) as well as the boot-lid. One of the worst things a carmaker can do is succeed. When buyers love your car, they don't want it to ever change. Any changes can mean a backlash from your ardent supporters/owners. BMW M fans got a double shot of hard-to-swallow change when the brand announced the next generation - the M3. The coupe, the original and most iconic M3 body style, was upgraded to the M4 (but still maintaining the M3) By all measurements, the M4 is a legitimate successor to the M3 in its driving dynamics, performance, engineering and efficiency. For those obsessed with numbers, BMW says this M4 coupe will lap the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife a full 15 seconds quicker than its predecessor (and five seconds quicker than the current M5). More importantly is that BMW has not altered the M3's long-celebrated recipe with the arrival of the M4 – the new model debuts as a brilliantly uncompromising two-door sport coupe that is equally capable on the road as it is on a race-track.
BMW has become world famous for building dynamic "driver's cars" that are designed to thrill and excite. The BMW M-badged high-performance variants rank among the most capable and rewarding cars in the world. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the BMW M6 (the company's jewel two-door performance car) is something truly unique. The two latest generations of the M6 (the coupe and convertible) can challenge the world's best on just about any road - thanks to their superior engines, powerful brakes and agile suspension. The BMW M6 offers all the comfort and luxury one would expect from BMW's premier coupe and convertible. Their lineage comes from the original M6 coupe of the late '80s which is now a bona fide collector's car. The current M6 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 rated at an astonishing 412 Kw.A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual with shift paddles is standard, but a conventional six-speed manual can be specified.A convertible M6 can sprint to 100 kmh in 4.2 secondsThe lighter coupe is even quicker. This engine feels unbeatable on the road, thrusting the car forward with breath-taking force.Xenon headlightsFront and rear parking sensors,A power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel,A rear-view camera,The iDrive electronics interface with navigationA powerful audio system.Also included are driver-adjustable settings for the suspension, transmission, steering and engine.Option highlights include a head-up display and massaging front seats.Like all BMW M models, the M6 is no mere straight-line superstar. The finely balanced chassis and precise, communicative steering make it a similar standout during enthusiastic cornering. The M6 is stunningly quick, and an endlessly comfortable grand touring machine - for some just the right combination.
The gold standard of sports sedans, the BMW 3 is now in its 6th generation renowned for an un-matched combination of smooth powertrains, brilliant handling, and comfortable yet driver-focused interiors The BMW 3 Series delivers strong performance, excellent economy, fine handling and a luxurious and spacious cabin The BMW 3 Series is the company's top seller and a favourite in the marketplace for many reasons: It's a stylish entry-level luxury car well-endowed with world-class fit finish, providing dynamic performance and superb handling un-matched by most vehicles.For generation after generation, the BMW 3 Series has offered the same benefits despite constant evolution. Today's BMW 3 Series is offered as a sedan or a station wagon. It's broken down into 320i, 328i, 328d, 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 models. The 320i and 328i sedans and 328i wagon get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces either 132 Kw power for the 320i or 176 Kw for the 328i. The 328d sedan and wagon are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel-powered four-cylinder that also makes 132 Kw but considerably more torque. The sedan-only 335i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with 220 Kw. The ActiveHybrid 3 sedan pairs the 335i's engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, resulting in a healthy 246 Kw; however, fuel economy is about the same as in the 328i. Transmission choices are limited to a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, with the former not available in the wagon and ActiveHybrid 3. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all 3 Series sedans, while all-wheel drive is available on the sedan (except the ActiveHybrid 3) and standard on all wagons. Standard features on the base 320i include alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, manual front seats, leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth and the iDrive electronics interface with a 6.5-inch display. The 328i upgrades to power front seats, while the 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 throw in larger wheels, xenon headlights and a sunroof. As usual, the options lists is long and strong, including everything from a hard-drive-based navigation system with a larger display screen to a Dynamic Handling package with a sport-tuned suspension and variable-ratio steering. The car always feels up to the task, even if its electrically assisted steering is less engaging than what previous generations of the 3 Series offered. Inside, drivers will find a restrained show of luxury, with an emphasis on comfort and involvement. The supportive seats underneath are complemented by a clean, clear analogue gauge cluster dead ahead. The four available design "lines"- Luxury, Modern, Sport and M Sport-add visual spice to what has historically been a rather drab interior. Materials and build quality are exceptional; even the standard leatherette (vinyl) upholstery looks and feels better than one might expect. Overall the BMW 3 Series is still the standard-bearer in the compact luxury-sport class. Thanks to its wonderfully balanced dynamics, powerful and efficient engine line-ups and wide range of configurations, the 3 Series comes strongly recommended.
Early next year, BMW will offer drop-top versions of its entry-level 2 Series. Available in both 228i and M235i guise, the 2 Series Cabriolet will no doubt take everything we already like (and don`t like) about the Twoer and add that wind-in-your-hair experience. Of course, taking in all the extra sun comes at a price-USD 37,900 for the 228i and USD 47,700 for the M235i, not including USD 950 for destination. Those prices represent increases of USD 5,800 and USD 4,600, respectively. Powertrain specs are identical to the coupes, with the 228i powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-charged inline-four good for 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The more potent M235i gets BMW`s turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six, with 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of push, and can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. That`s with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is available with either engine. And for those who prefer to row their own, BMW will thankfully offer a six-speed manual gearbox with both power plants, as well. Following the Paris Motor Show unveiling, the pair will be shown in the US at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November before hitting dealers a few months later. Have a look at the new drop-top in our fresh batch of images live from the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, and read BMW`s lengthy press blast, below, for all of the official information.