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 i3

The all electric BMW I3 has been added to the Scheme in both standard and ‘S’ trim. The WLTP range is quoted as 193 miles and real life users are suggesting around a 145 mile, the I3 can move quickly from the single speed Automatic gearbox, o-62 as fast as 6.9 seconds. The battery offers 37.9 kWh and is able to fast charge from 20 -80% battery power in as little as 40 minutes. Prices for the standard 125kW car are from £1999 – £2749 Advance Payment depending on the internal ‘world’ and from £2999 – £3499 for the 135kW ‘S’ car. Review here.

 

 

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225XE PHEV

The BMW shares the engines with the Mini PHEV, the 1.5 litre petrol engine is paired with a 7.6kWh battery pack offering a combined offering of 224 bhp, making this a very fast MPV, 0-62 in 6.7 seconds and the ability to run on battery power alone for around 16 miles, charging takes 2 hours from a 7.6 kw charger. The petrol engine drives the front wheels and the electric motor the rear making the BMW an all wheel drive car. This is an excellent solution for those that need a MPV and want to move towards electrification. Also avaialble is the Sport Premium (£2999 AP) and Luxury trim lines (£3249 AP). Summer Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225XE automatic ‘Sport’ PHEV  –   £2749  Advance Payment (£1647 wpms)

 

BMW X2

The X2 is the X1 with a sloping roof and a BMW badge on the side. It looks great however. The S-Drive (2 wheel drive) X2 is available as a manual with a 1.5 litre petrol badged 18i at £749 in SE or £1249 in Sport or as a 2.0 lite petrol (badged 20i) Automatic at £1249 in SE or £1749 in Sport trim.

New this quarter is the 4 wheel drive X2, paired to the 20i priced at £1499 in SE or £1999 in Sport trim

 

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 £1599 for the petrol Manual.

 

 

BMW 2 Series TourerBMW 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 £99. The 7 seat Grand Tourer is 21 cm longer and 5cm taller and prices start at £499.

 

 

 

 

 

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