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(2017) BMW M4 M4 2dr DCT Convertible £2645 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
BMW M4
M4 2dr DCT Convertible
£2645 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
  • LT67NYS
  • 27,960
  • Auto
  • Petrol
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 18k And Includes Running In Check And 2k) - The BMW M4 Is The Ultimate Driving Machine With Overall Concept Harmony - Both On The Road And On The Track - Fitted With £2645 Of Extras Including, Ultra Smooth And Responsive 7-Speed Transmission, And Finished In Mineral White Metallic Paint - The BMW M4 Is Capable Of Going From 0 To 62 MPH In Just 4.4 Seconds Thanks To The 3.0L Twin Turbo Straight Six Engine Producing 450 BHP And 550 NM Of Torque. The M4 Is Also Fitted With GPS Satellite Navigation System With 8.8 Inch Full Black Panel Display, Traffic Message Channel, Voice Activation And USB Audio Interface, Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning, Front Sliding Armrest With Folding Storage Compartment, Cruise Control With Brake Function, DAB Digital Radio, Front And Rear Electric Windows With Fingertip Control, Rear Fog Lights, Enhanced Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity With Wireless Charging For Compatible SmartPhones And WiFi Hotspot Preparations (Subscription And Data Plan Charges May Apply), Front And Rear Radar Type Parking Sensors, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers With Dusk Sensing Automatic Headlights, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Retractable Hard-Top, Heated Front Seats, Xenon Headlights, Windscreen With Grey Shade Band, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2017) BMW M4 M4 2dr DCT [Competition Pack] Convertible £2645 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
BMW M4
M4 2dr DCT [Competition Pack] Convertible
£2645 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
  • LT67XTY
  • 29,667
  • Auto
  • Petrol
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 18k And Includes Running In Check And 1k) - The BMW M4 Is The Ultimate Driving Machine With Overall Concept Harmony - Both On The Road And On The Track - Fitted With £2645 Ultra Smooth And Responsive 7 Speed M Double Clutch Transmission With Drivelogic And Finished In Mineral Grey Metallic Paint With Luxurious Extended Merino Leather Upholstery Including Blue Shadow Interior Trim - Competition Pack Includes 20 Inch M Light Star Spoke Forged Alloy Wheels, Adaptive M Sport Suspension With Competition Specific Set-Up, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, Active M Differential, Increased Engine Output By 19 BHP, BMW Advanced Loudspeaker System And M Sports Exhaust Finished With Black Chrome Tailpipe Finishers - The BMW M4 Is Capable Of Going From 0 To 62 MPH In Just 4.2 Seconds Thanks To The 3.0L Twin Turbo Straight Six Engine Producing 450 BHP And 550 NM Of Torque. The M4 Is Also Fitted With GPS Satellite Navigation System With 8.8 Inch Full Black Panel Display, Traffic Message Channel, Voice Activation And USB Audio Interface, Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning, Front Sliding Armrest With Folding Storage Compartment, Cruise Control With Brake Function, DAB Digital Radio, Front And Rear Electric Windows With Fingertip Control, Rear Fog Lights, Enhanced Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity With Wireless Charging For Compatible SmartPhones And WiFi Hotspot Preparations (Subscription And Data Plan Charges May Apply), Front And Rear Radar Type Parking Sensors, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers With Dusk Sensing Automatic Headlights, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Retractable Hard-Top, Heated Front Seats, Xenon Headlights, Windscreen With Grey Shade Band, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2015) BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport 5dr Auto - SUV 5 Seats £2815 Of Extras - Paddleshift - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather
BMW X5
xDrive30d M Sport 5dr Auto - SUV 5 Seats
£2815 Of Extras - Paddleshift - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather
  • LK65OKA
  • 69,987
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Bristol
2 Owners From New - The BMW X5. Make A More Powerful Impression. - Fitted With £2815 Of Extras Including, 20 Inch Star Spoke Light Alloy Wheels In Black, Fully Electric Towbar, Sun Protection Glass (Privacy Glass On The Rear Window And On The Rear Side Windows), Rear Seat Heating, Luxurious Dakota Leather Upholstery, Finished Space Grey Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Full Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Automatic Smart Key, Front and Rear Radar-Type Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, Electrically Foldable Door Mirrors, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Lane Departure Warning System, Ultra Responsive And Effortless 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, Sports Paddle Shift, Bi Xenon Headlights, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, 19In Alloy Wheels, Day Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Sports Suspension, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2016) BMW X3 xDrive20d xLine 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats £2305 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
BMW X3
xDrive20d xLine 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats
£2305 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
  • LB66JWK
  • 16,531
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 16k) - Life Meets Style - The X3 Possesses A Dynamic, Youthful & Powerful Presence - Offering A Unique Sense Of Space And Luxury - £2305 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Automatic Transmission And Finished In Space Grey Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Full Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Automatic Smart Key, Front and Rear Radar-Type Parking Sensors, Radar-Type Reverse Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, 18In Alloy Wheels, Day Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, 5 Star Euro NCAP, Leather Covered Multifunction Steering Wheel, Euro 6 Compliant Emissions, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2016) BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats £2635 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
BMW X3
xDrive20d M Sport 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats
£2635 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
  • CK66MVA
  • 44,077
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Lympsham
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 17 And 36k) - Life Meets Style - The X3 Possesses A Dynamic, Youthful & Powerful Presence - Offering A Unique Sense Of Space And Luxury - £2635 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Automatic Transmission, Sun Protection Glazing And Finished In Black Sapphire Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Full Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Automatic Smart Key, Front and Rear Radar-Type Parking Sensors, Radar-Type Reverse Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, 19In Alloy Wheels, Day Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Sports Suspension, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, 5 Star Euro NCAP, Leather Covered Multifunction Steering Wheel, Euro 6 Compliant Emissions, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Lympsham branch (BS240JN). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2017) BMW X1 sDrive 18d M Sport 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats £2860 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Rear Camera - Parking Sensors
BMW X1
sDrive 18d M Sport 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats
£2860 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Rear Camera - Parking Sensors
  • RV67UKS
  • 18,328
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 18k) - Life Meets Style - The X1 Possesses A Dynamic, Youthful & Powerful Presence - Offering A Unique Sense Of Space And Luxury - £2860 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission, Rear Assist Camera, Cruise Control With Braking Function And Finished In Estoril Blue Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Automatic Smart Key, Radar-Type Reverse Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, Day Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Sports Suspension, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, 5 Star Euro NCAP, Euro 6 Compliant Emissions, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2017) BMW 4 Series 420d [190] M Sport 2dr Auto [Professional Media] Convertible £2335 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
BMW 4 Series
420d [190] M Sport 2dr Auto [Professional Media] Convertible
£2335 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors
  • PO67WPN
  • 26,055
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Lympsham
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 18k) - The Broad Stance Of An Athlete With The Elegance Of A Coupe - Fitted With £2335 Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8-Speed Automatic Transmission And Finished In Mineral Grey Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Full Leather Upholstery, Voice Control For Media Functions, Automatic Smart Key, Front and Rear Radar-Type Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, 18In Alloy Wheels, Day Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Concealed Roll-Over Protection, Sports Suspension, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Lympsham branch (BS240JN). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2016) BMW 3 Series 335d xDrive M Sport 5dr Step Auto Touring Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors - Bluetooth Connectivity - DAB Radio
BMW 3 Series
335d xDrive M Sport 5dr Step Auto Touring
Luxurious Leather - Parking Sensors - Bluetooth Connectivity - DAB Radio
  • MK66YCA
  • 54,369
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Weston
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 22 And 43k) - Flowing Lines, Sporting Dna And Cutting-Edge Technology Delivering Yet More Exhilaration - 18 Inch M Star Spoke Alloy Wheels, Ambient Interior Lighting, Luxurious Dakota Leather Upholstery, Drive Performance Control (ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport And Sport Plus), Extended Lighting, Anthracite Headlining, High Gloss Exterior Shadowline, Aluminium Hexagon Interior Trim With Estoril Blue Finisher, M Aerodynamic Bodystyling, M Sport Instrument Cluster, Front Sport Seats, Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning, Rear Radar Type Parking Sensors, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Dusk Sensing Automatic Headlights, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Illuminated Vanity Mirrors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio With CD Player, Auxiliary Input And Mp3 Compatibility, Dynamic Brake Lights, Satin Silver Interior Trim, Move Cloth Upholstery, Three Spoke Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel, USB Audio Interface, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Weston-super-Mare branch (BS22 8NA). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest used car dealer in the South West.
(2017) BMW 1 Series M140i 3dr [Nav] Step Auto £6065 Of Extras - Professional Sat Nav - Luxurious Leather - Rear Camera - Harman/Kardon
BMW 1 Series
M140i 3dr [Nav] Step Auto
£6065 Of Extras - Professional Sat Nav - Luxurious Leather - Rear Camera - Harman/Kardon
  • WO66ONC
  • 23,054
  • Auto
  • Petrol
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 14k) - Spirited Elegance & Sculpted Design Combining High Level Performance & Efficiency - £6065 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission, Harman/Kardon Loudspeaker System, Front And Rear Radar Type Parking Sensors, Adaptive M Sport Suspension, Adaptive Led Headlights, Rear Assist Camera, Front Heated Seats, Sun Protection Glass, Auto Dimming And Electrically Folding Door Mirrors, Speed Limit Information, Front Lumbar Support And Finished In Melbourne Red Metallic Paint - Professional Multimedia Package (GPS Satellite Navigation System With 8.8 Inch Full Black Panel Display, Traffic Message Channel, Voice Activation And USB Audio Interface), Luxurious Full Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Voice Control For Media Functions, Automatic Smart Key, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, 18In Alloy Wheels, Day Running Lights, Tinted Glass, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Sports Suspension, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, 5 Star Euro NCAP, Euro 6 Compliant Emissions, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2016) BMW 4 Series 435d xDrive M Sport 2dr Auto [Professional Media] £2815 Of Extras - Panoramic Roof - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
BMW 4 Series
435d xDrive M Sport 2dr Auto [Professional Media]
£2815 Of Extras - Panoramic Roof - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
  • WM16XBH
  • 41,628
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 19,39 And 41k) - The Broad Stance Of An Athlete With The Elegance Of A Coupe - Fitted With £2815 Of Extras Including, Stunning Cinematic Vista Of The Skies Glass Panoramic Roof, Bmw Business Loudspeaker System (7 Upgraded Speakers), Adaptive Headlights, Sun Protection Glass, Split-Folding Rear Seat, Extended Storage (12V Power Outlets, Ski Hatch And Rear Cup Holders), Front Armrest With Sliding Function, Fineline Anthracite Wood With Pearl Chrome Highlight, Electrically Folding Door Mirrors, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Finished In Mineral Grey Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Full Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Voice Control For Media Functions, Automatic Smart Key, Front and Rear Radar-Type Parking Sensors, Bluetooth Wireless SmartPhone Connectivity, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Ultra Responsive And Effortless 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, Bi Xenon Headlights, Automatic Headlights With Dusk Sensor, 18In Alloy Wheels, Day Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Engine Start/Stop Fuel Saving Technology, Electric Hill Holder, Cornering Brake Control, Stability Control System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hydraulic Emergency Brake Assist, Isofix, Flat Tyre Indicator, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Front Electric Windows, Radio/CD Player With MP3 Compatibility, All our vehicles may have previously been used for business purposes. Please check in store for the specific history of this car., RAC Approved & Price Checked Daily For Guaranteed Value. PX welcome. Please Note. Deposits up to 500 can be paid through debit or credit card. All balance payments are via bank transfer in full, in-store finance or GBP up to 7,000 limit. This vehicle is based at our Bristol branch (BS5 9PJ). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.

Used BMW For Sale Bristol, Bath and Taunton

If for you driving is about far more than getting from A to B, you're going to want a BMW. Renowned for their excellence and prestige, BMWs make a real statement on the road. You may be familiar with its luxury saloons and sporty convertibles, but the brand's range is constantly expanding.

Now, you don't have to sacrifice practicality when buying a used BMW, as the range includes the humble-sized 1 Series, multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) such as the 2 Series Active Tourer and 4x4 sports utility vehicles (SUVs). No matter what model you choose, it will still feel like the luxurious BMW you know and love.

Need help buying a used BMW?

If you have any questions about our cars or want to know which BMW is best for you, please get in touch. We're more than happy to assist. In the meantime, check out our ultimate guide to picking a used BMW.

History of BMW

Who were the founders of BMW?

BMW was founded by three individuals

  • Karl Rapp - established Rapp Motorenwerke in 1913
  • Franz Josef Popp - helped to manage Rapp Motorenwerke from Austro-Daimler and create Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) in 1916.
  • Camillo Castiglioni - Bought approx one third of BMW in 1918

Early BMW and automobile production

BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke, or Bavarian Motor Works in English) is a German company which started life building aircraft engines however from 1918 the Versailles Armistice Treaty forced them to stop building aircraft engines and instead they produced farm equipment, household items and railway brakes!

As the restrictions of the Armistice Treaty began to be lifted, BMW began production of motorcycles in 1923, leading with the R32 model.

BMW's production of automobiles began in 1928, when the company purchased the Automobilwerk Eisenach car company. Automobilwerk Eisenach's current model was the Dixi 3/15, a licensed copy of the Austin 7 which had begun production in 1927. Following the takeover, the Dixi 3/15 became the BMW 3/15, BMW's first production car.

In 1920, the BMW 3/20 became the first BMW automobile designed entirely by BMW. It was powered by a four-cylinder engine, which BMW designed based on the Austin 7 engine.

BMW's first automotive straight-six engine was released in 1933, in the BMW 303. Throughout the 1930s, BMW expanded its model range to include sedans, coupes, convertibles and sports cars.

The introduction of the 3, 5 and 7 series

In 1968, BMW began manufacturing its first straight-six engines since World War II which led to the production of the commonly known 3, 5 and 7 series ranges of BMW.

The first 5 Series range of mid-size sedans were introduced in 1972, to replace the New Class sedans of 1962. The 5 Series platform was also used for the 6 Series coupes, which were introduced in 1976. In 1975, the first model of the iconic 3 Series range of compact sedans/coupes was introduced. The 7 Series large sedans were introduced in 1978.

What brands do BMW own?

The BMW Group owns quite a few brands, sub-brands and divisions however the most notable are Mini, Rolls Royce and BMW Motorrad (motorbikes).

Outside of this there is the M division, I sub-brand, John Cooper Works (Mini) plus a variety of service level brands such as DriveNow - a car-sharing service that gives customers the flexibility to book cars when and where they need them.

BMW Motorsport M division

We've all seen the M Series BMW's and felt the desire to own one for ourselves however we rarely think back to the beginning of BMW's motorsport division and the origins of that luxury M badge.

In 1978, the M1 was BMW's first mid-engine sports car, built in conjunction with Lamborghini, and the Motorsport divisions first production road car. In 1980, BMW M division produced its first M model based on an existing production car (E12 535i), giving birth to the M535i, the predecessor to the M5.

In 1983, BMW introduced its first diesel engine, the M21. The first all-wheel drive BMW - the E30 325iX - began production in 1985, and in 1987 the E30 was BMW's first model produced in a wagon/estate body style.

The 1986 E32 750i was BMW's first V12 model. The E32 was also the first sedan to be available with a long-wheelbase body style (badged "iL" or "Li").

The BMW M3 was introduced in 1985, based on the E30 platform.

BMW X-Series

The BMW X-Series began in 1999 when BMW launched the X5, their first SUV, also featuring four-wheel drive. It was branded an SAV (a Sports Activity Vehicle) instead of an SUV to emphasise its on-road ability compared to its size. In 2006, the second generation X5 was released, known internally as the E70, and in 2010, the X5 M was released as a performance variant.

The second car in the X-Series was released in 2003 and known as the X3, marketed as a compact luxury crossover SUV. It was based on the BMW 3 Series platform and also marketed as an SAV, as the entire BMW X-line so far would come to be.

In 2008, the BMW X6 was introduced as a SAC (a Sports Activity Coupé), based on the BMW 5 and 6 series, and combines the attributes of an SUV with the design of a coupé.

In 2009, based on the BMW 3 Series, the X1 was introduced to the market as a subcompact luxury crossover SUV.

In 2014, the last member of the BMW X-Series so far was introduced at the New York International Auto Show, after being announced as a concept car the previous year. It is also classed as an SAC (a Sports Activity Coupé).

BMW I sub-brand

The BMW i is a sub-brand of BMW founded in 2011 to design and manufacture plug-in electric vehicles. BMW's "Project i" is a program created to develop lightweight eco-friendly urban electric car concepts designed to address the mobility and sustainability needs for people who live in megacities. The sub-brands plans call for the release of two vehicles; the i3 all-electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid.

In February 2016, BMW announced the introduction of the "iPerformance" model designation, which is being given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles from July 2016. The aim is to provide a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand. As of November 2016, four BMW electrified models have been released using BMW i technology, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, released in 2015, and the BMW 225xe Active Tourer, BMW 330e iPerformance, and BMW 740e iPerformance, released in 2016.

Superior BMW technology

BMW employ a number of different technologies to keep their cars at the forefront of technological expansion and development.

  • Valvetronic - Valvetronic technology is based on the functionality of valves in the engine, created by BMW in a variable valve lift system. This system negates the need for a throttle body in regular use, and claims to improve fuel economy and emissions. First seen in the 316ti compact in 2001, it has since been added to many BMW engines.
  • SmartKey - This ultra-modern key fob is one of BMW's newer inventions, featuring a touchscreen display that allows the user to view information relating to fuel levels or the battery electric range. By swiping left or right on the touchscreen, users can also discover whether the car is due a service soon or if all the doors and windows are locked. SmartKey was first featured as part of the BMW i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car.
  • xDrive - The technology contained within the BMW xDrive, a 40:60 split between front and rear wheels, promises better grip and improved handling and cornering. The variable power between the front and rear axles allows the system to compensate for any wheel slips.
  • BMW Connected and BMW Connected+ App - These two connected programs allow your vehicle and phone to become one, making every journey simple and straightforward with their mobility-relevant data sharing and personalised services

New vs Used BMW comparison

Buying from new has its benefits but the value of your car will depreciate heavily as time goes by. Some cars can lose up to 50% of their value in the first 3 years, with most of the drop occurring in the first year! Buying a used BMW could get you a lot more kit for your money.

The table below will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for a used BMW versus brand new.

ModelNew LowestNew HighestUsed LowestUsed Highest
BMW 1 Series£20,900£33,435£3,477£14,611
BMW 2 Series£23,330£38,035£9,000£15,000
BMW 3 Series£25,850£42,860£3,597£22,777
BMW 4 Series£32,130£38,330£14,000£25,000
BMW 5 Series£34,895£43,985£3,477£19,711
BMW X3£36,700£48,950£15,00019,000

Based on current data as of January 2018.

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