The BMW 4-Series sedan is available as a coupe and convertible that seats four, as well as the new four-door Gran Coupe hatchback, which seats five. The series is rear-wheel driven with an all-wheel drive being optional. The range consists of a 428i, 435i and new M4 (coupe and convertible only). The base BMW 428i comes with a turbo-charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, and the 435i offers a turbo-charged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Models are available as a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Comments from Auto Journalists Internationally 1. Both the coupe and convertible provide good handling and all have luxury interior designs, with the new 4-Series Gran Coupe adding more comfortable rear seats and a spacious more boot area. 2. The BMW 428i's turbo-charged four-cylinder engine delivers very lively acceleration, while the 435i's turbo-charged six-cylinder engine is very responsive. 3. The BMW 428i gets an estimated 10.2/6.7 litres/100 kms city/highway driving. 4. The range has very responsive handling abilities and delivers a very comfortable ride. 5. Automotive press are impressed with its pristine interior design features and quality material used. 6. Both the coupe and convertible's rear seats provide a comfortable and the 4 door 4-Series Gran Coupe offers improved head and legroom. 7. Boot space is more than sufficient in every 4-Series trim (the Gran Coupe however has a deeper boot with a wide, hatchback-style opening. Standard Features These include Bluetooth, a USB input, a sunroof and BMW's iDrive infotainment system. Other available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, navigation, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, parallel parking assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a hands-free trunk opener Comments from selection of Overseas Motoring Websites 1. “If you crave the excellent handling and power of the 3 Series sedan in coupe or convertible form, look to the 2015 BMW 4 Series.” – Kelley Blue Book 2. “Still, the 4 Series – with its excellent handling and performance, eye-catching styling and best-in-class interior room – strikes us as the most complete and desirable luxury sport coupe and convertible available this year.” – Edmunds 3. “Like the 3-Series Coupe that it replaces, the 4-Series is a high-style two-door version of BMW's legendary 3-Series sedan. Though quieter, cushier and more technology packed than its predecessors, it still serves up an engaging driving experience to go along with its distinctive look.” – Left Lane News 4. “Given their similar interiors as well as the added practicality of the 4 Series Gran Coupe's hatchback body, we can't help but wonder why anyone would choose a 3 Series, which comes in about $3k less, similarly equipped. That would make a big difference if the MSRP was under $20k, but at this price point, the upgrade to something that looks and feels more special than a workaday 3er seems more than worth it.” – Autoblog
The BMW 3 Series GT encompasses features halfway between a 'station wagon' and a 'crossover' and is mounted modified 3-Series platform making it 20 cms longer and 8 cms taller than a standard 3-Series sedan. The extra space benefits the four occupants aboard as the seats are 5.8 cms higher than in the 3-Series and rear legroom has been increased by 7.1 cms.
The added space enables the GT to offer .52 cubic meters of cargo space, making it slightly roomier than the 3-Series Sport Wagon. Up to 1.61 cubic meters of trunk space can be obtained by folding down the 40/20/40 split reach bench seat, and an electronic tailgate works with LED lighting that illuminates the cargo area and four tie-down hooks to make carrying bulky items with ease. When viewed from the front, the 3-Series GT wears a conservative design that borrows numerous styling cues from the 3-Series sedan but frameless windows and a more muscular overall look give the hatchback an identity of its own. Around back, the GT features a sloping roofline that gives it a noticeably sportier silhouette than the larger 5-Series GT. Insider, the driver-oriented dashboard is nearly identical to the one found in the 3-Series. It features a 16.5 cm colour display for the latest generation of BMW's 'ConnectedDrive' infotainment system, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity. 'ConnectedDrive' enables the passengers to get directions with real-time traffic information, surf the internet on the go, change the climate control settings or pick a different radio station by either using the touch screen, the iDrive knob mounted next to the gear selector or the voice control system. The dash-mounted screen also displays album covers and the images transmitted by the rear view camera. The entry-level 320d is offered with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger to make 176 Kw power, while the more expensive 335i utilizes a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that makes 221 Kw.An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. The 3-Series GT comes standard with a start/stop system that cuts the engine at idle and a 'Brake Energy Regeneration' that stores kinetic energy generated when the car is braking and uses it to power the electrical system whenever possible. The 3-Series GT is available in the same trim levels as the 3-Series sedan: Standard, Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport. The Sport Line model is easily distinguishable from other trim levels because it adds high-gloss black exterior moulding, a nine-slat grille with a chrome surround and piece of black trim on the rear bumper. Inside, black seats with red accents create a sporty ambiance and shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel can be ordered at an extra cost. The Luxury Line · Gets chrome trim on both bumpers and around the windows, · An 11-slat grille and chrome exhaust tips, and · Available trim-specific 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels finish off the upmarket look. · The opulent treatment continues on the inside with chrome bezels for the air vents, seats with special stitching and real wood trim. The Modern Line · Chrome trim on the outside and special air intakes on the front bumper, · Can be fitted with specific turbine-style 18- and 19-inch wheels. · Light-coloured dashboard comes standard, · The steering wheel can be ordered in two colours and three different trim materials are available. The M Sport · A model-specific body kit that includes a front apron, side skirts and an air diffuser mounted in the rear bumper, giving the performance-focused hatchback a more aggressive look than the other trim levels. · A lowered and stiffened suspension provides a more responsive handling that is complemented by a track-inspired steering wheel and M trim pieces inside and out. · M Sport buyers can order the GT in an eye-catching trim-specific colour called Estoril Blue, and the Sport Line's shift paddles are available as an option. All models come with an active rear spoiler, a first on a BMW that extends at 110 kmh to reduce drag. Safety features include: · Dual front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags · Traction and stability control systems and a tire pressure monitoring system. · Optional safety features include a Lane Departure Warning system, BMW's Active Blind Spot Detection and a Forward Collision Warning system. The one-of-a-kind BMW 3-Series GT doesn't have any direct competition but customers can compare it to the 3-Series Sport Wagon. It is slightly smaller than the GT inside but it can be ordered with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, a mill that will not be offered on the five-door hatchback.
The BMW 1 Series is a hatchback of a similar size to a Ford Focus and Opel Astra, but offering a much greater level of luxury and build quality.
Often described as a “premium hatchback” competing with the likes of the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and, to a lesser extent, the Volkswagen Golf.
It is the smallest and most affordable model in the BMW range.
The first generation/version of the BMW 1 Series was seen by many for being impractical space-wise, and the second generation is a lot more spacious, offering a range of truly outstanding diesel and petrol engines, with the vehicle not lacking in and on-board equipment and accessories.
The BMW 1 Series offers a superb ride, as one would expect from a BMW and some say it's the best car to drive in the hatchback class.
The interior is plush and most comfortable to spend time in. The BMW 1 Series is available as both a three-door and a more practical five-door, while the performance-focused M135i model accelerates from 0-100 kmh in 5.2 seconds. Trim levels on the BMW 1 Series include the ES, SE, Sport, M Sport, Urban and the performance-orientated M135i.
The BMW 1 Series is the least expensive model in the BMW range as well as providing the lowest running costs. The most efficient model in the line-up is the 116i EfficientDynamics model, which can do 3.8 litres/100 and 99g/km CO2.
But even the performance-focused, top-of-the-range M135i is capable of 7.6 litres/100 kms and emits just 175g/km CO2 – which isn't bad at all for a car with that level of power and speed.
The other petrol engines in the range are pretty efficient, too, but we'd recommend you go for one of the diesel engines, which offer a better balance of speed and low running costs.
BMW also does a super value-for-money fixed-price servicing package that helps keep costs down as well as some good finance deals via BMW Financial Services.
The 2015 BMW 3 Series appeals to a wide variety of car enthusiasts offering some of the best interior finishes as well as having the reputation for providing a fun overall sporty and driving experience. There are three petrol engines on offer - two four-cylinders and a six-cylinder, all of which are turbo-charged. The recent addition is the 328d diesel-powered four-cylinder model provides an impressive 6.4 litres/100 kms in the sedan combines travelling city/highway. Far from being slow, the car is capable of doing 0-100kmh in just over 7 seconds. The 328i petrol version is still a favourite due to its mixture of value for money, power, and fuel economy. There are some strong competitors in this sector – the re-designed 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class which is larger and more luxurious than the previous model. There is also the Audi A4 to consider. But none of these cars can provide a combination of efficiency, fantastic road manners and outright refinement like the BMW 3 Series and with a multiple choice of model options you will more than likely find a BMW 3 Series suite your choice and pocket. Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options The BMW 3 Series is available in both sedan and station wagon body styles. Sedans are available as a 320i, 328i, 328d, 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 trim levels. BMW also offers all-wheel-drive versions known as “xDrive', and the station wagon is available only in 328i xDrive and 328d xDrive trims. Standard Features
These include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog-lamps, remote entry, push-button start, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way manually adjustable front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, BMW Assist, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the iDrive electronics interface, a 6.5-inch display and a premium nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. The 328i sedan is a more powerful version of the 320i's engine and the 328i and 328d wagons come with a panoramic sunroof. 2015 BMW 3 Series buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, while AWD is standard on 3 Series wagons. A six-speed manual is available on sedans, but the wagon comes only with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Every 2015 BMW 3 Series comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. The 2015 BMW 3 Series delivers the best all-around driving experience in the entry-level luxury sedan class and provides a smooth and quiet ride.