BMW

BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) was founded in 1916 to make aeroplane engines, BMW had initial success in the first world war but when the war ended the Treaty of Versaille decreed that BMW had to stop making Aero engines, this is when BMW started making some of the greatest motorcycles arriving in 1923 and then cars from 1928, but when the Luftwaffe formed in 1933 BMW started making Aero engines again and throughout the second world war. By 1959 BMW lay in ruins and was rescued by Herbert Quandt whose family still own much of the company.

BMW make some of the finest cars on the road today, powered by the greatest engines, sadly they are too often driven by people who want to appear on The Apprentice and feel that driving in a courteous manner is simply below them. Shame.  As a Mobility Car supplier, don’t discount BMW as simply too expensive as there are some great deals to be had but you will have to stump up an advance payment to get your deal.

 

BMW X1 Motability Car frontBMW X1

The new X1 is sportier, lighter by up to 135kg and has more room due to the engine being turned by 90 degrees and changing from rear to front wheel drive. The X1 may be 36mm shorter but is 21mm wider and 53mm taller than its predecessor. A 90mm-longer wheelbase allows 37mm more knee room in the back. Boot space has also increased by 85 litres to 505 litres. There are now three engines avaialble two petrols and the pick being the updated automatic only 20d, a 2.0 litre diesel with 187 bhp with 4 wheel drive in Sport at £2349 Advance Payment.

 

 

BMW 1 Series

The BMW 1 series comes as a 3 or 5 door hatchback. The wonderful two litre diesel engine is our pick, best value is the 118d but if you can stretch financially to the 120d you will get hot hatch performance. Advance payments are greatly reduced, by up to £900 for Q1 2018 with prices now starting for a 1.5 litre petrol manual at £299. A new 1 series is due at the end of the year.

 

 

BMW 2 Series Coupe/Convertible

Previously known as the 1 series Coupe, the 2 series Coupe is better looking than the old 1 Series Coupe, it’s also longer, wider and more practical. It feels like a standalone model in its own right, rather than simply a two-door version of the 1 Series. In fact, it looks and feels like a junior 4 Series. BMW facelifted the 2 Series in 2017, fitting new air intakes, a larger radiator grille and LED lights as standard. Only the 218 is avaialble as a 134 bhp petrol or 148 bhp diesel. Prices start at £799 for the petrol Manual.

 

 

BMW 2 SeriesBMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a front wheel drive MPV based on the BMW owned Mini platform and is every part a BMW, it drives well and the engines are just as good as you can get, the electric tailgate and folding rear seats add a touch of luxury. Prices start at £249. The 7 seat Grand Tourer is 21 cm longer and 5cm taller and prices start at £399.

 

 

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BMW 3 Series

A 2015 facelift made minor changes with new headlights and re-profiled front and rear bumpers, the headlights feature LED daytime running lights on all editions and all models now come with a built in Sat Nav and upgraded suspension. Only SE and Sport trims are an option but the engine choice has increased to include the 320d with 187 bhp and rave reviews across the board. The pick being the 320d manual in SE  trim at £1999 for the manual or £2749 for the Auto.

 

 

BMW 3 Series Touring mobility carBMW 3 Series Touring

The BMW 3 Series Touring is the estate version of the majestic 3 series saloon, from the middle of the car to the front it is identical, the rear half is a nod to the bigger 5 series touring.  The 3 series Touring is just as engaging to drive as the saloon with the added advantage of additional storage, 495 litres with the seats up. Prices for the 320d with 2 wheel drive in SE trim are a refreshing £2749 for the manual and £3249 for the Auto.

 

 

 

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