12.5 million – that’s all you need to know about the importance of the 3 series to BMW. Since the introduction of the first generation 3 series in 1982, BMW has sold 12.5 million units. That means every third BMW sold in 2010 was a 3 series. Unsurprisingly then, whenever a new 3 series launches, BMW knows they have to get it right. And we’re not talking about E89 Z4 right but about right in the sense of perfect.
BMW invited us over to Barcelona, Spain, to … CONTINUED
Top Gear online takes their first drive of the F30 3 series, and like the other reviews they are impressed. So much so that they proclaim that “It’s the best car in its class. Still.”
What Car? give the new 2012 BMW 3 series a full five stars, saying that it shows just how dominant the current 3 Series is that the only car the new model has to beat is its predecessor – and that it does. In short, if you’re in the market for a compact executive, this is the one to go for. It’s a “Perfect Replacement” for the E90 as they call it.
Autoexpress rates the new 3 a full five stars. In sum, they feel that the F30 improves upon the E90 in virtually every area. “The best just got better,” as they said.
Autocar took a two day spin in BMW Sport Line F30 320d and 328i models during BMW’s press test drive days and came away calling the F30 still just a good-looking saloon that drives rather beautifully at heart. Why? Read on…
Automobile Magazine was also among the first group of the automotive press to drive the F30 3 series. Their verdict? They were relieved to experience that the overall character of the 3-series has been maintained in this latest form. Read on…
Motor Trend reviews the 2012 328i sedan and asks the question: Do this bigger BMW’s new turbo-four and electric steering compute?
Read on inside.
As we’ve mentioned, the first F30 press global drives recently began in Barcelona, and the first drives are now beginning to be posted.
First in is Edmunds Insideline’s review of the F30 328i powered by BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine. Inside are some of the highlights of what they have to say about the 2012 F30 328i sedan.
Jeremy Clarkson has previously reviewed the BMW 1M Coupe on Top Gear, but he’s now got BMW M’s hot new small coupe in his DVD feature “Powered Up.” We won’t spoil the review and results for you, but suffice to say, BMW 1M owners and fans will not be disappointed.
Here’s a few beautiful wallpapers featuring the 2012 BMW M5 (F10) at the hands of Top Gear’s Stig and James May, as well as some nice images featuring previous generation M5s.
The full F10 M5 review by James May can also be found inside.
Motor Trend has driven the latest 528i with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder (N20) engine instead of the traditional six-cylinder engine. What’s their take?
In sum: It offers more power, performance, and fuel economy from a smaller, more efficient, albeit more expensive, package. Read what else they have to say inside.
Matt Farah, of The Smoking Tire and The Car Show, finally gets his turn in the BMW 1M Coupe.
He calls it “just so damn good to drive” and is destined to be a collector’s car and future classic. Catch the video inside for why he thinks so…
Top Gear online reviews the new F20 1 series and comes away impressed with BMW’s newest hatchback. In sum, they felt that “the 120d is one of the most energetic diesels I’ve ever driven, its auto ‘box is terrific, and it’s so clean I’d dearly like to drive it into eco-man George Monbiot’s Toyota Prius.”
Tiff Needell of Fifth Gear pits the two 335bhp little german beasts head to head in this latest comparo featuring the BMW 1M coupe against its direct rival. Joining Tiff in the battle is Mark Higgins
Autocar UK is out of the gates with a short driving review of the new MINI Coupe JCW.
The review itself is a mixed bag with compliments given for the car’s steering and body rigidity as well as the unique interior and exterior elements. The mixed bag part comes in the fact that Autocar wasn’t a fan of the suspension as it was deemed to harsh.
This is my own first personal experience watching a review by Totalcar, but I have to say I loved it. The location, video footage and general hoonery is very Top Gear like. The presenter really hits on all the important themes and answered alot of my own questions about the M5 while having fun at the same time. By the end of the video, you can tell this car has really grown on the presenter and I think that says it all
The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the world’s best-selling premium car, sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting prowess, elegance and comfort. The pioneering history of the 3 Series serves as inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. The new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the BMW kidney grille, emphasises the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series. The sixth generation of … CONTINUED
Insideline takes the 2012 528i with its new 2.0L turbocharged inline 4 cylinder N20 engine for a spin. Like others they’ve been impressed by the versatility of the N20.