It’s back. It’s here. It’s real. The second-generation of the BMW 8 Series has finally arrived, after years of rumors, speculation and sneaky spy photos, the final production car has finally been revealed. It’s been a long time coming, though, as the first-generation of the 8 Series died off in 1999. So it took almost two decades but it’s been worth the wait because this new 8 Series is a stunner. But the 8 Series nameplate isn’t the only thing making a comeback with this new model. BMW as a brand seems to be making a comeback of its own as well. For the past few years, BMW seemed to have been straying further and further from the values that made so many enthusiasts fall in love with it. However, BMW has been showing steady progress back to those brand values with some of its recent models, such as the X3 M40i and M5. However, the 8 Series seems to be the culmination of BMW’s efforts to return the brand to its former glory, as it’s not … [Read more...] about WORLD PREMIERE: BMW 8 Series — Making a Comeback
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One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech. Features such as navigation and Bluetooth started out on high-end vehicles before trickling down to entry-level cars. Same with driver assist features ranging from rearview cameras to forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking — so now it's not only rich people who are protected in car crashes. I've found that this democratization of tech has reached a point where amenities on low-cost cars can be as good — and sometimes even better — than those on vehicles costing tens of thousands of dollars more. While attending a media event for the launch of the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, I was impressed by the car's cool styling and … [Read more...] about Economy-car buyers increasingly get the best deal on technology
Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model. For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re building BMW M cars of essentially every flavour. Start your engines, folks. Let us know what you think in the comments, and let us know which cars you’d like to see next! Scott Collie, Journalist There are lots of brilliant BMW M cars out there, and the M2 was very, very tempting, but the new M5 is just too much of a stunner to look past. Also, having read Rob’s review, you’d be mad not to consider the twin-turbo bahn-stormer. Maybe because it’s brand new, or maybe because BMW is gunning for the AMG E63 S, there aren’t many options to be had here. There’s only one engine – a 4.4-litre turbocharged bent-eight making 441kW of power and … [Read more...] about Configurator Challenge: BMW M cars
With these luxurious cars you stand a chance of having your cake and eating it too. Not only will you sit or lie in a cabin of unrivalled comfort, but you can even be doing so in a vehicle which has sensible running costs – as company cars these just can’t be too silly to run. So, sit back and enjoy our top ten choices, from Audi to Rolls-Royce. 10, Audi A7 Sportback Just look at those elegant lines, then look inside at that beautiful cabin. The tailgate gives easy access to the big and accommodating boot and, in this guise, you get a gorgeous V6 diesel for hardly more than the 2.0-litre four-pot. Top choice: 3.0 TDI Ultra SE Executive S tronic 9. Rolls-Royce Ghost The Ghost costs from £225,000 yet that does actually make it a bit of a bargain compared to the Phantom. For that you get one of the finest cabins known to man, and a 6.6-litre, 563bhp V12 which might tempt you from the back seat to the front. Top choice: EWB 8. Mercedes CLS The graceful lines … [Read more...] about The top 10 luxury cars on the market
The world is shifting, and with it, the automobile. In another generation or so, gas powered cars may be a thing of the past, left only to enthusiasts and collectors. Electric cars are nothing new. In fact, the world’s first practical electric vehicle dates back to 1835, predating Karl Benz’ patent on his motorized carriage by 50 years! However, what is new in the world of electric cars is mainstream variety. EV’s are no longer an obscure novelty item, nor are they being stamped out by “Big Oil” like GM’s fabled EV1 of the 90’s. Nowadays nearly every car company offers some variant on an electric car, hybrid or plug-in hybrid. With more and more popping up every day, you now have your pick of the litter. Electric cars now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and trim levels. With an electric vehicle that can meet almost any budget, there’s an electric out there for you. Here at Auto City, we are fortunate enough to see some really great … [Read more...] about THE ELECTRIC CAR SHOOTOUT: Chevrolet Volt vs. Nissan Leaf vs. BMW i3
It’s safe to say that BMW is playing catchup in the premium compact segment at the moment. The company actually had the jump on everyone (well, except Audi with the A3) with the introduction of the 1 Series hatchback in 2004. At the time, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class was still an oddball MPV-esque monobox, designed more for space efficiency rather than a fashionable style.But Munich failed to capitalise on its head start – the 1 Series’ controversial styling and cramped interior brought on by the rear-wheel drive layout meant that the car remained a bit player in an increasingly lucrative segment. Meanwhile, Stuttgart revitalised its compact offerings with the more stylish third-generation A-Class, the swoopy CLA four-door coupé and the GLA crossover, and promptly raked in the cash.Finding itself on the back foot, BMW has been hard at work trying to get back on track. After more than a decade of sticking doggedly to a rear-drive platform, the 1 Series will soon … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: F39 BMW X2 – substance beneath the looks?
With sales of SUVs skyrocketing, fewer and fewer people are getting behind the wheel of compact saloons, which is a shame because there are some cracking options out there.To stand out in this class, competitors will need to have a mixture of deft handling, a comfortable ride, impressive interior quality and respectable fuel economy - a balance that can be difficult to strike at the best of times. Below are the cars we think have best nailed this brief. 1. Jaguar XESitting pretty at the top of our list of 10 favourite compact saloons is the excellent Jaguar XE.The British car comes up trumps over its rivals thanks to its excellent ride and handling, plush interior and strong standard equipment across the range.Performance from the petrol and diesel Ingenium engines is on par for the course, too. However, the handsome Jaguar is somewhat let down by limited space in the rear and a slightly smaller boot than those in rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz … [Read more...] about Top 10 best compact saloons 2018
With sales of SUVs skyrocketing, fewer and fewer people are getting behind the wheel of compact saloons, which is a shame because there are some cracking options out there.To stand out in this class, competitors will need to have a mixture of deft handling, a comfortable ride, impressive interior quality and respectable fuel economy - a balance that can be difficult to strike at the best of times. Below are the cars we think have best nailed this brief. 1. Jaguar XESitting pretty at the top of our list of 10 favourite compact saloons is the excellent Jaguar XE.The British car comes up trumps over its rivals thanks to its excellent ride and handling, plush interior and strong standard equipment across the range.Performance from the petrol and diesel Ingenium engines is on par for the course, too. However, the handsome Jaguar is somewhat let down by limited space in the rear and a slightly smaller boot than those in rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz … [Read more...] about Top 10 compact saloons
FINAL REPORT - scroll down for earlier reports“Do you know what?” my partner asked me as we homed back in on Calais after 1500 miles in a week in the BMW 320d xDrive, adding those to the 15,000 miles racked up in the previous 11 months. “I’m really going to miss this car.” Why did she think that? “I don’t know why...”Ah. But as strange as it sounds, I’m with her on that. Well, I do know why, but I understand what she meant: the 3 Series is one of those cars that gets pretty much every little thing right, in such an unassuming way, that it makes life with it so easy, enjoyable and rewarding almost without you ever really noticing it.Whatever the 3 Series’ status and reputation as a stellar car to drive and a fine all-rounder, though, it still arrived in our possession last summer with a lot to prove. Back then, it had just undergone a facelift and its position as the star pupil of the class it had ruled for so long was under … [Read more...] about BMW 320d long-term test review: all the car you’d ever need?
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Our stint with the i3 is nearly at an end. It’s facelift time, see, though you’d be hard pressed to tell from the car (above) unveiled in Frankfurt. Blacked-out A-pillars and roof lines, some fresh paint choices, reprofiled bumpers and a chrome strip running across the rear are about your lot.What is new is the i3 S, a warm hatch with 10mm lower suspension, 20mm wider tyres and 0-62mph in 6.9sec. Count us as interested…You can read our full BMW i3 S review here. By Tim PollardThis month's big picture (above) is what the i3 is all about: it's a reminder that electric cars can be fun to drive! This is heartening news in an age where it's easy to be sucked into a vortex of negativity about the future of motoring, automotive pleasures as know them crippled by taxation, emissions, congestion and headline-grabbing ministers pledging to eradicate … [Read more...] about Our BMW i3 has been superseded by a facelift