BMW

BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) was founded in 1916 and currently builds cars and motorbikes. The German company also owns Rolls-Royce and MINI, both of which build cars in the UK.

BMW is one of the most successful purveyors of premium cars, partly in thanks to the success of the long-running 1 Series hatchback, 3 Series saloon and 5 Series saloon. The company has also diversified with GT versions of the 3 and 5 Series, with sport cars such as the convertible Z4 and 6 Series 2+2 coupe plus a 4x4 family of cars with the X1, X3, X5 and X6.

BMW’s diversification has continued more recently with the launch of its electric-powered i3 and the creation of two new coupes: the 2 Series and the 4 Series. The German company also continues to build high performance versions of its vehicles, not least the iconic M3, M5 and M6, plus it has revealed a new M4, a hot version of the two-door 4 Series.

The creation of new niche models is likely to continue with such models as the i8 and different body styles of existing models. BMW, with its distinctive roundel badge, seeks to innovate not only with new models but also with new technology and design.

BMW Ranges

BMW X5

New price range:
£43,600 - £95,045

Used price range:
£1,062 - £63,547

The first generation of the BMW X5 went on sale here in the UK in 2000 and was the German firm’s first SUV. It placed itself against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Audi Q7 and Land Rover Range Rover and soon became a big hit. BMW branded the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle rather than a...

BMW X3

New price range:
£39,120 - £52,865

Used price range:
£1,827 - £46,970

Following on from the success of the BMW X5 the German company launched a smaller 4x4 model, the BMW X3. The first version was launched in 2004 and offered refined driving, a range of efficient engines and a decently-sized boot. The downside was the stiff ride, the high purchase price and poor...

BMW 3-Series

New price range:
£27,800 - £61,310

Used price range:
£202 - £51,891

This is one of BMW’s best selling cars. The BMW 3 Series is available in many body styles including an estate (the 3 Series Touring), a high performance version (3 Series M3), a hatchback version (3 Series Gran Turismo) and the best-selling version, the saloon (dubbed 3 Series Saloon). In the past...

BMW 1-Series

New price range:
£22,450 - £37,125

Used price range:
£1,158 - £62,054

The BMW 1-Series was launched in 2004 and is now in its second incarnation. It is the spiritual successor to the 3-Series compact as the German car maker’s medium-sized hatchback offering. First generation cars were available in either three or five door hatchback shape, as well as a...

BMW Z8

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW Z8. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW Z8 reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW Z8...

BMW Z1

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW Z1. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW Z1 reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW Z1...

BMW X4

New price range:
£42,900 - £55,725

Used price range:
£17,284 - £48,510

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW X4. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW X4 reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW X4...

BMW i8

New price range:
£112,735 - £124,735

Used price range:
£39,002 - £86,688

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW i8. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW i8 reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW i8...

BMW i3

New price range:
£34,075 - £42,130

Used price range:
£9,180 - £30,940

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW i3. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW i3 reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW i3...

BMW Alpina

New price range:
£31,495 - £97,960

Used price range:
£2,200 - £58,333

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW Alpina. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW Alpina reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW...

BMW 8-Series

New price range:
£75,440 - £98,285

Used price range:
£5,437 - £9,430

Here's where you'll find all the latest information on the BMW 8-Series. There is a full range of expert and owners' BMW 8-Series reviews for all current models include ownership cost info, performance stats, equipment fitted and full selection of pictures. Parkers also provides a full range of BMW...

BMW X6

New price range:
£61,105 - £72,705

Used price range:
£10,273 - £63,940

The BMW X6 is a bit of a hard one to pin down. On the face of it, it’s a tall riding 4x4 like the BMW X5, but it has a coupe roofline and promises sports car performance. It’s less confusing now that when it first came out in 2008, as time has softened this slightly odd proposition. Rivals include...

BMW Z3

Used price range:
£1,266 - £26,040

The BMW Z3 Roadster was first introduced in 1996, aiming to take on the likes of the Mazda MX-5 and MG F as well as the Mercedes-Benz SLK. It did well with the first two, as a more premium offering than both, but wasn’t as fun to drive as either. It also struggled to hold its own against the...

BMW X1

New price range:
£27,630 - £36,300

Used price range:
£5,300 - £30,910

When is a 4x4 not a 4x4? When it’s a rear-wheel drive BMW X1, launched in 2009. Although the smallest of the firm’s X models looks every inch the capable 4x4, many are specified in rear-wheel drive sDrive form – though anyone looking for typical BMW rear-wheel drive thrills may be dismayed to find...

BMW 7-Series

New price range:
£63,040 - £84,085

Used price range:
£846 - £86,827

The first generation of BMW’s flagship car, the 7 Series, was built from 1977 to 1986 and although it was considered by many as rather understated when compared to its rivals, it was renowned for its driving fun and supreme handling, while still maintaining the luxury and interior comfort expected...

BMW 4-Series

New price range:
£34,300 - £91,095

Used price range:
£11,675 - £72,765

In the past you could have a BMW 3 Series with two, four or five doors, as a coupe, convertible, saloon or estate.  To try to clear up some of that confusion the German manufacturer has decided to only put 3 Series badges on saloon and estate models, with coupe and convertible cars given a new...

BMW 2-Series

New price range:
£24,910 - £51,930

Used price range:
£9,559 - £41,514

One of the newest nameplates in the firm’s range, the BMW 2 Series is an unusual collection of four models, with one half having little under-the-skin relation to the other.  Launched in 2014 was the BMW 2 Series coupe, a direct replacement for the 1 Series coupe before it. It still has few...

BMW 6-Series

New price range:
£43,785 - £100,995

Used price range:
£2,972 - £63,910

Believe it or not, the BMW 6 Series lineage spans right back to 1976. Internally coded the E24, the 6 Series originally featured a 3.2-litre engine with 195bhp. In 1978 the classic 635CSi was launched with its 3.5-litre engine and 138mph top speed, which was impressive in its day. Gearbox options...

BMW Z4

Used price range:
£2,066 - £33,900

After the BMW Z3 had starred in the James Bond movies, alongside the firm’s Z8 and 7 Series cars, the two-seat Z3 was replaced by the BMW Z4 in 2003. More muscular, more manly and featuring a sharp look created under BMW design Supremo Chris Bangle the Z4’s appeal was far-reaching. Solely...

BMW 5-Series

New price range:
£36,275 - £96,205

Used price range:
£316 - £82,452

The German company’s iconic saloon is probably best known in the form of the BMW 3 Series, but the company’s larger executive saloon arrived three years earlier. First built in 1972, the current BMW 5 Series saloon launched in 2010, making it the sixth generation 5 Series saloon to...