There is a reason that BMW’s motto is “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Regardless of what people are looking for in a vehicle, they’re likely to find it in a BMW, as the company creates a wide range of incredible cars. But choosing which BMW is right for you can be a daunting task. Here’s a quick rundown of all of BMW’s stellar lines, so you can know how to pick the perfect BMW for you.
The 1 Series is BMW’s entry line. It is aimed at the consumer who wants an everyday car that packs a little extra punch in terms of style, luxury, and driving feel. The 1 Series comes in five trims: coupe, convertible, ActiveE electric coupe, 3-door hatchback, and 5-door wagon. The 1 Series is the most affordable BMW, with a starting MSRP of $31,500.
The 2 Series serves as a luxurious lightweight daily driver. It is offered in two models: a coupe, and the Active Tourer, which rests somewhere between a station wagon and a minivan. The 2 Series is for those who want a touch more fun from their BMWs than is offered in the 1 Series. The 2 Series starts at $32,100, and gets slightly better mileage than the 1 Series.
The 3 Series has long been BMW’s benchmark series because it epitomizes what it means to be the ultimate driving machine. The 3 Series is extremely luxurious, but small and sporty. It drives like a sports car, but feels like a limousine. The 3 Series currently is offered in four trims: the standard sedan, the Gran Turismo (a larger sedan), the ActiveHybrid sedan, and the Touring, a station wagon. Starting at $32,750, the 3 Series remains the most popular BMW.
The 4 Series is a relatively new line, and essentially serves to take over the 3 Series coupes, which used to be quite popular. The 4 Series comes in coupe, convertible, or sedan (called the Gran Coupe) and is arguably BMW’s most fun basic model. Pricing starts at $40,500 for this extremely fun line.
The 5 Series does an excellent job of bridging the gap between fun and luxury. While BMW’s lower numbers are closer to sports cars, their higher numbers are closer to Bentleys. The 5 Series is the compromise, and is offered in base sedan, Gran Turismo sedan, ActiveHybrid sedan, and Touring wagon. Pricing starts at $49,500 and power through the roof.
The 6 Series was designed to be BMW’s powerful and exotic luxury coupe, and it does that effortlessly. The 6 Series – which comes in coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe sedan – is full of power, grace, and endless luxury. It starts at $75,400.
The 7 Series is BMW’s king of luxury. The large and refined sedan comes in basic or ActiveHybrid trims, and is one of the world’s premier luxury vehicles. It starts at $74,000 and has impressive fuel efficiency.
BMW offers an all-purpose SUV that comes in five levels: X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6. These gorgeous and practical vehicles are competitively priced in accordance with their series number.
BMW’s premier trim has always been in M, their highly tuned and extra sporty versions of their vehicles. For a modest extra price BMW makes Ms for the 3-6 Series, highlighted by their benchmark vehicle, the M3 coupe and convertible.
BMW’s future lies in the i Trim, which has yet to hit the road; the company is preparing the extremely efficient i3, and the ultra exotic i8.
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