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 3 Series

The long awaited return of the 3 Series BMW, available in Sport trim as a saloon or touring. There is no diesel only the 318i or 320i petrol paired to an 8 speed steptronic automatic gearbox.  Both engines are 2.0 litre in size and both have four cylinders, the 318i produces 156hp and 0-62mph is achievable in 8.4 seconds producing 250nm of torque. The 320i has 184hp and 0-62 is a sprightly 7.1 seconds. Both engines claim economy to be 41.5 miles per gallon.  Prices start at £3499 Advance payment – full Q4 prices here.



BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The four door Gran Coupe is front-wheel-drive as its built upon the same transverse-engined architecture as the 1 series, same wheelbase, similar nose, virtually the same cabin in the front. At the back there’s a 430 litre saloon boot with the addition of split folding rear seats, but the sloping roofline limits headroom for rear passengers.  Trims are Sport or M-Sport and the only engine on the Scheme is the 1.5 litre 3 cylinder petrol 218i offering 140hp and 220 nm of torque which will get you to 62mph in 8.7 seconds. Fuel economy range is a claimed 42.2 – 47.1 mpg, expect mid – late 30’s in the real world. Prices are excellent, particularly when compared to the Mercedes CLA, with the BMW 218i manual starting at £1249 Advance Payment. full Q4 prices here.



BMW i3

The all electric BMW I3 is available on the Scheme but now only as in ‘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 ‘S’  car are from £1499 – £2249 Advance Payment depending on the internal ‘world’.  Review here.



BMW 1 Series

The 1, as BMW are calling the new 1 Series is added to the Scheme in SE, Sport or M Sport trim, Manual or Dual Clutch Automatic. The only petrol is the 118i, a 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol which is shared with the Mini, X1 and 2 series BMW. It offers 138bhp and can return a claimed 46ish MPG, the reality is mid to high 30’s from our experience. 0-62 is 8.5 seconds and the 3 cylinder makes a nice rasping noice when pushed hard.  The 116 diesel is an excellent option but prices start at a crazy £2849 Advance Payment.  The major change is the move from rear to front wheel drive which does away with the propshaft tunnel making more foot room for the rear passengers, other changes are a larger boot, up to 380 litres and a long options list. Upgrade from SE to Sport trim and you have 17 inch alloy wheels and one years Apple Carplay free, year two and three are chargeable. Full brochure and specs here. Prices start at £1349 for Sport and £1699 for the M- Sport in Manual. Auto cars are, £1699 Sport and £1949 M- Sport.



July 26th the 2019 X1 is added to the Scheme. This is not a new car but a facelift of the outgoing model. Changes include a larger kidney grille, redesigned taillights and an automatic tailgate. Three engines, a 1.5 litre petrol with 136bhp badged 18i, a 2.0 litre petrol with 189bhp badged 20i, both claiming over 50mpg but the 18d 2.0 litre diesel is the pick, 148 bhp and enough grunt to move the x1 seamlessly, claimed economy is 61mpg. The new trim lines to the Scheme are SE, Sport and xLine. All cars have a 6.5 inch infotainment screen with DAB and sat nav built in and the xLine has leather seats. Full brochure here. Prices start at £749 for the 18i SE front wheel drive. Full X1 Pricing here

 Autumn Best Buy – BMW X1 xLine 18d s-drive 2.0 litre diesel 148bhp Automatic –  £2849 Advance Payment (£1621 wpms)



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 £1849 in Sport or as a 2.0 lite petrol (badged 20i) Automatic at £2249 in Sport trim. The 4 wheel drive X2, paired to the 20i is priced at £2599 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 218i is avaialble as a 134 bhp petrol . This car is presently not avaialble on the Motability Scheme.