In analyzing reviews, the majority of reviewers internationally are extremely impressed with BMW i3's electric powertrain, its nimble handling and superb quality interior features. Some Observations from Reviewers: · The BMW i3 has strong acceleration from its electric motor, according to automotive journalists, with ample power from a stop as well as at highway speeds. · The i3 has a range of about 130 kms on a fully charged battery (this is according to the EPA.) · The i3's mpg-equivalent rating is excellent compared to other electric vehicles. · The i3 also has an optional range-extending gasoline engine that increases the i3's total range to up to 240 kms, according to BMW. · Critics report that the rear-wheel drive provides agile handling and offers lots of grip as well as having responsive steering, thus providing a composed ride. Comments from Auto Journalists · They are impressed with The BMW i3 has luxury interior features. · Reviewers find the front seats are very comfortable with the rear seats providing adequate legroom and ample headroom. · The i3's boot area is bigger than in rivals such as the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, but the Nissan leaf has more room behind the rear seats. · The iDrive infotainment system has a clear display and responds quickly to inputs. Standard features · The i3 has adaptive cruise control, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, automatic climate control, heated front seats, navigation, satellite radio and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. · Available features include front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. Comments from International Websites 1. “The i3 isn't about maintaining the status quo; it's about showing that BMW can be an innovator in the EV segment. With its avant-garde styling and available Range Extender gas engine (yielding an estimated 150 miles of range), the i3 certainly breaks with tradition. We think it's one of the most compelling EVs on the road today.” – AutoTrader 2. “For electric vehicle shoppers desiring some sportiness and luxury-brand panache, the 2015 BMW i3 is a very compelling choice. That the i3 is also surprisingly practical only furthers its appeal.” – Edmunds 3. “There are several electric vehicles that can be had for less money, but few offer the dynamic driving manners or the premium creature comforts of the i3, and none offer both below this price point.” – Kelley Blue Book (2014) 4. “This is one of the smoothest, roomiest and slickest electric vehicles we've ever driven, with a lot of hidden surprises. It is a wonderful city car, and well designed for the car-sharing, emissions-aware drivers of the near future.” – Autoblog (2014)
The 2014 BMW X6 ranks 16 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on summaries of international published reviews and test drives of the BMW X6, as well as reliability and safety data. The majority of test drivers are of the opinion that although the 2014 BMW X6 has the weight and height of an SUV, the interior is small, resulting in disappointment in terms of performance and practicality. Reviewers agree that the base X6 xDrive35i (with a turbo-charged six-cylinder engine) is refined and delivers strong acceleration. The X6 xDrive50i models with more powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine provides extra power. Critics say that the 8 speed automatic transmission (which is standard) shifts quickly and smoothly. The base 2014 X6 xDrive35i model gets an estimated 16.6 litres per 100 kms city driving, which is on par for a six-cylinder luxury midsize SUV with all-wheel drive. Test drivers write that the 2014 BMW X6 offers controlled handling and powerful brakes, though some note that steering effort is a little heavier than they would like. Auto writers think that the BMW X6 has an eye-catching interior that's built with top-notch materials. They say the 2014 X6 is very nice up front thanks to spacious seats, though many write that the back seats are a bit cramped. Cargo space is typical for the class with all seats in use, but many SUVs offer more overall cargo space with the rear seats folded. Some reviewers note that the X6's iDrive infotainment system is a bit complicated, but others write that the system becomes fairly intuitive after some study. 10. The 2014 BMW X6 comes standard with features like a moon-roof, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system. Available features include a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system and adaptive cruise control. Comments from other car websites: "Cars don't get much more outlandish than the BMW X6, which combines the heft and elevated ride height of a crossover with the rakish roofline of a coupe. The styling takes a toll on passenger and cargo space, although the X6 does offer the handling, luxury and performance for which BMW is known." -- Left Lane News"The X6's SUV classification should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as it's not terribly well suited for off-roading and its raked rear end negates what could be a useful cargo bay. But, if you're an urban dweller who prefers performance to practicality, BMW's 2014 X6 has much to offer." -- Kelley Blue Book"The X6 is the slowest-selling BMW after the Z4. It's ponderous and inefficient like a giant SUV, but has the interior space of a medium-sized hatchback." -- AutoWeek (2013)"Marketed as a cross between an SUV and a coupe, the 2013 BMW X6 unfortunately represents a rather poor blend of both." -- Edmunds (2013)
The BMW Z4 (the successor to the BMW Z3) is one of the most enthralling sports cars available.
These include a front-engine/rear-drive layout, an elongated bonnet and rear-ward positioning of driver and passenger. While the first Z4 featured a traditional soft top, the current Z4 model has a sleek retractable hardtop – an all-weather option. The current Z4 also represents a slight change in philosophy for BMW's roadster. Not only does it sacrifice ultimate handling for greater ride comfort and overall refinement, but it also employs a highly fuel-efficient turbo-charged four-cylinder as its base engine. The result is one of the most well-rounded sports cars money can buy.
Current BMW Z4
The current Z4 is offered with rear-wheel drive in three trim levels: sDrive28i, sDrive35i and sDrive35is. The 28i gets a turbo-charged 2.0-litre inline-4 that produces 177 Kw power with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an eight-speed automatic available as an option.The 35i comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 good for 221 Kw power with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual (DCT).The 35is utilizes DCT and a revised version of the regular 35i's engine, boasting 247 Kw power with a temporary over-boost function that pumps torque upwards..Equipment Differences The sDrive28i comes standard with 17-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power seats, Bluetooth and adjustable driving settings that change the programming for the steering, throttle and (if specified) automatic transmission.The sDrive35i adds 18-inch wheels, sun-reflective leather upholstery and sport seats.The sDrive 35is is similar but comes standard with an upgraded audio system and the performance-themed M Sport package (optional on other Z4s).Option highlights include heated seats and steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and a navigation system.The latest BMW Z4 is an impressive and highly refined sport touring car, with a surprisingly roomy interior and decent trunk space as long as the retractable roof is raised. Although the turbo-4 makes less power than the old inline-6, it's got more torque, and fuel economy is substantially improved The Z4 is generally a smooth easy drive, especially if you go for the optional M Sport package and leave the adjustable drive settings in Sport mode. Most buyers will appreciate the Z4's firm yet compliant ride and accomplished all-around performance and appreciate a 'top-down' journey as a wonderful way to spend a sunny day.
The BMW X5 ranks 4 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs – ranking based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW X5 internationally and locally.
#4 in Luxury Midsize SUVs #2 in Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #4 in Luxury Crossover SUVs
Reviewers all agree that the re-designed 2014 BMW X5 offers elegant interior styling, as well as nimble handling with powerful engine choices that few luxury SUVs can match.The X5 sDrive35i comes standard with a turbo-charged six-cylinder engine that test drivers say delivers plenty of power.A turbo-charged V8 is available in X5 xDrive50i models, and motor journalists have commented that this model offers incredible acceleration.Many test drivers expressed that their favourite model is the turbo-diesel X5 xDrive35d, which offers ample power and gets great fuel economy for the class.The base 2014 BMW X5 gets an EPA-estimated 14.9/10.5 litres/100 kms for city/highway driving which is good for the class, while the turbo-diesel model gets an excellent 12.3/9.1 litres/100 kms for city/highway driving respectively.Test drivers agree that the X5 has very sharp handling for a luxury midsize SUV, and they praise its accurate steering system and strong brakes.Motor journalists report that the X5's interior has top-quality materials, a sophisticated design and front- and second-row seats that are comfortable and spacious.The optional third row is only roomy enough for children, though that is not unusual for a three-row midsize SUV.The 2014 BMW X5 also earns praise for its high-tech features, which include a large, attractive display for infotainment functions and an iDrive controller that they think is easy to use.The 2014 BMW X5's standard features include a panoramic moon-roof, navigation, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. Optional features include leather upholstery, a 360-degree Surround View parking camera system, lane departure warning and a night vision system with pedestrian detection.Some comments from international car websites: "Thanks to subtle improvements all around, the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 is a top choice for a luxury crossover SUV, especially if performance is a priority." -- Edmunds
"If you want a midsize luxury SUV that aspires to be a sports car and offers seating for up to seven, the BMW X5 is a tempting choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
"The big question remaining is this: Is it worth it? Price aside, it's still the leader of its class and it's never been better. Is that enough for you?" -- Autoblog
"BMW has refined a solid performer that is the (crossover) apple of many customers' eyes. With an engaging personality, a refined diesel drivetrain and host of aero, power and lightweight tricks on board, it is clearly evident that this remains the Ultimate Driving Machine of crossovers." -- Left Lane News
The majority of motor journalists are impressed with the BMW X3's agile and quick response, perky engines, good fuel economy and a spacious interior - make the 2014 BMW X3 a sought after luxury compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The X3 is available with two engines, including a base turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that test drivers say provides ample power in all driving scenarios. A turbo-charged inline six-cylinder engine is optional, and test drivers agree that the BMW X3 feels even faster with this engine. Reviewers say the X3's standard eight-speed automatic transmission is very smooth-shifting. Fuel economy is estimated 13.5/10.1 litres per 100 kms city/highway, and test drivers also report that the X3 is an exciting SUV to drive, with nimble handling and a firm, yet unruffled ride.
Reviewers also state that the X3's steering is fairly communicative and well-weighted and that its brakes have good pedal feel. Test drivers also praise the X3 for its tasteful-looking cabin constructed with high-quality materials. The five-seat X3's cargo space is good for the class, and reviewers appreciate that the rear seats are split-folding, allowing longer items to fit in the X3. Test drivers say the X3's front seats are spacious and comfortable and the back seats offer good legroom. BMW's standard iDrive infotainment system is praised for its intuitive menu structure and crisp display screen. In addition to iDrive, which features Bluetooth and a USB port, the X3 comes standard with a 12-speaker stereo and HD Radio. Optional features include a backup camera, navigation, satellite radio, a 16-speaker stereo system, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors and lane departure warning. "Among compact to midsize luxury crossover SUVs, the 2014 BMW X3 stands apart from most rivals. With its superb driving dynamics, spacious and upscale interior accommodations, and solid fuel economy ratings, the X3 is a front runner in this class and definitely one you'll want to check out, particularly if you have a family." -- Edmunds
"If you're looking for a premium carryall that truly puts the 'sport' in sport-utility vehicle, the 2014 X3 is hard to beat. If you need extra traction in inclement weather, the X3 comes with all-wheel drive as standard." -- Kelley Blue Book "We're not saying BMW's feisty four-door compact SUV can climb like a monster truck in the morning and impersonate an M3 on the autobahn that evening, but it can handle both environments competently, and it admirably mixes luxury with all the utility most buyers will ever need." -- Car and Driver (2013)
"BMW's X3 delivers the sportiness and refinement you expect from the brand in a package that's small but highly versatile. Non-linear throttle response remains an annoyance, at least on the base xDrive28i model, but this premium-compact SUV has enough other positive attributes to make it worth your consideration. Just keep an eye on the bottom line. Base prices are reasonable, but they quickly move upward when options are added." -- Consumer Guide