In this test, the 2020 BMW M135i meets the Volkswagen Golf R, which has been the best car of its type for more than half a decade. It’s been imperious, like the tennis virtuoso who makes you think he or she might never lose again. No other upmarket four-wheel drive hot hatch has ever got the better of it, failing either to match the Golf’s composure on very bumpy roads or its ease of use in normal driving.[Read more…] about 2020 BMW M135i vs Volkswagen Golf R: Hot hatch title decided
About a year ago I wrote a story for the CarGurus blog about how the BMW i3 was somewhat like a reincarnation of the Audi A2. Perhaps it isn’t surprising then, that when time came to replace my own A2 that it was the BMW that got the nod.[Read more…] about Why I Bought a Used BMW i3: Long term test of a 2015 i3 REX
The BMW X6 is one of those cars it’s impossible not have an opinion about. A cursory surf of social media might lead you to believe the general sentiment leans toward the negative, and yet a little over a decade after the original X6 was launched here we are with BMW well on its way to chalking up half a million sales of its big coupe-SUV. Not bad at all for a huge car with a no doubt healthy profit margin built in.[Read more…] about 2020 BMW X6 M50d Review: More capable and controversial than ever
For a very long time, anybody who wanted a luxury 4×4 with acres of space had no option but to buy a Land Rover. It invented this type of vehicle with the Range Rover in 1970 and dominated the space for decades. Nowadays, however, the high-end SUV is as much a fixture of any premium manufacturer’s model range as the executive saloon. They’re all it. Even the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce are involved these days, so popular have these vehicles become among the very wealthy.[Read more…] about 2019 BMW X7 Review: Testing the X7 30d M Sport
Only when a car really merits it does BMW wheel out the number 8 for one of its showroom models. That’s what the suits in Munich would like us to believe, at least, although it’s true that BMW has used that number very sparingly during the 90 years or so it’s been manufacturing cars. Just four times, in fact.[Read more…] about BMW 840d Review: A Sports Car, a Grand Tourer, or Somewhere in the Middle?