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Questions to ask when buying a used BMW

As the company that in 2015 was crowned the world's most reputable, BMW can be proud of its fleet of 'ultimate driving machines'. Prestige, style and pleasure are what you'll get - even in its people carrier.

I've heard BMW is the 'saloon brand of choice' - is that true?

Pretty much, yes. Both the 3 Series and the 5 Series are firm favourites, the latter in particular a model that many people have aspired to own since it was launched back in 1972. Now in its sixth generation, the 5 Series has come a long way but remains popular among discerning drivers. The reason isn't only cosmetic, either. The almost 2L engine offers top speeds of 143mph, not that you'll be reaching those, but if you did, you'd use the 8-speed semi-automatic transmission and cruise control. Plus it's roomy, has a capacious boot, comes with on-board computer, advanced Sat Nav, Bluetooth connectivity and offers a plethora of innovative safety features. It's an elegant car both under and around the bonnet.

What's the best option for a family?

There are several models to choose from - the BMW 2 Active Tourer people carrier is a bit of a departure from their normal offering, where space has been made a priority - and rightly so. Lots of legroom and boot space means it's perfect for a family getaway, plus it's a great drive. If you'd prefer a 4x4, the X1 Series might be worth exploring. Big, robust and powerful, it can handle rough terrain as well as it can handle children with tantrums.

How does the 3 Series estate compare with the saloon?

Well, clearly the main differences between the two are the physical shape and the amount of boot space inside. In terms of power, you'll see no difference - the engines are the same. Your deciding factors, therefore, are whether you want a moveable parcel shelf, folding rear seats, a longer roof or a back windscreen which is incorporated into the rear (boot) door. It ultimately comes down to space and aesthetics. If you transport a lot of items, or perhaps have dogs, then the estate might be more suitable.

Which BMW offers the best fuel economy?

With CO2 levels of 109g/km, the BMW 320d is said to be frugal, especially if you opt for the adjustable suspension. You could be looking at 56mpg. Alternatively, the i3 hatchback electrical car might be worth an investment. It can be charged at home, but should the battery run out, a small petrol engine kicks in, meaning you won't be stranded. This combination enables 470mpg, dependent on the length of your journey.

What security and safety features can I expect?

BMWs, model and age depending, boast a multitude of security features to thwart opportunist thieves. These include a remote controlled alarm system, keyless start, central locking fuel cap, electronic differential lock, automatic drive away locking facility and electronic immobiliser.

The car marque is also known for its advanced safety features, which cover airbags (side impact, driver, passenger and head), airbag deactivators, automatic stability control, crash sensor, cornering brake control, tyre pressure monitor, child-proof doors, M sports suspension and centre lock switch.

Our team would be please to answer any questions you have about the full used BMW range, simply give us a call on 01934 808630 or drop by to take a look for yourself.