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(2016) BMW X5 xDrive25d [231] SE 5dr Auto - SUV 5 Seats £2515 Of Extras - Panoramic Roof - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
BMW X5
xDrive25d [231] SE 5dr Auto - SUV 5 Seats
2016 (66) - KP66NVE
£2515 Of Extras - Panoramic Roof - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
  • 28,397
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 50.4 mpg
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 16k) - The BMW X5. Make A More Powerful Impression. - £2515 Of Fitted Extras Including Electrically Tilting And Sliding Glass Panoramic Sunroof, Aluminium Running Boards, Rear Heated Seats, Poplar Wood High Gloss Interior Trim, Matt Aluminium Roof Rails And Finished In Ruby Black Individual Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Canberra Dakota Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Automatic Smart Key, Front and Rear Radar-Type Parking Sensors, Heated Front Seats, 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, 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, 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.
(2017) BMW 1 Series M140i 3dr [Nav] Step Auto £2275 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - DAB Radio
BMW 1 Series
M140i 3dr [Nav] Step Auto
2017 (17) - DG17XON
£2275 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - DAB Radio
  • 11,993
  • Auto
  • Petrol
  • 39.8 mpg
  • Bristol
2 Owners From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 9k) - Spirited Elegance & Sculpted Design Combining High Level Performance & Efficiency - £2275 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission, Full Black Panel Display And Finished In Black Sapphire 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, 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 3 Series 335d xDrive M Sport 5dr Step Auto Touring Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
BMW 3 Series
335d xDrive M Sport 5dr Step Auto Touring
2016 (16) - WJ16GHN
Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
  • 18,283
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 49.6 mpg
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 17k) - Flowing Lines, Sporting Dna And Cutting-Edge Technology Delivering Yet More Exhilaration - Finished In Glacier Silver 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, 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, Sports Paddle Shift, 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.
(2015) BMW X3 xDrive30d xLine 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats £4450 Of Extras - Panoramic Roof - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
BMW X3
xDrive30d xLine 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats
2015 (15) - OY15APX
£4450 Of Extras - Panoramic Roof - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
  • 54,097
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 47.9 mpg
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New - Life Meets Style - The X3 Possesses A Dynamic, Youthful & Powerful Presence - Offering A Unique Sense Of Space And Luxury - £4450 Of Fitted Extras Including Electrically Tilting And Sliding Glass Panoramic Sunroof With One Touch Opening And Sunshade, Visibility Package (Xenon Headlights, Adaptive Headlights, High Beam Assistant, Headlight Wash, Led Fog Lights), Electrically Adjustable Front Seats With Driver Memory, Rear Assist Camera, Sun Protection Glass, Electrically Folding And Auto Dimming Door Mirrors, Speed Limit Display And Finished In Space Grey Metallic Paint - BMW Professional GPS Satellite Navigation System, Luxurious Full Nevada Leather Upholstery, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, 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, 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, Regenerative Brakes, 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 420d [190] M Sport 5dr Auto [Professional Media] Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
BMW 4 Series
420d [190] M Sport 5dr Auto [Professional Media]
2016 (66) - LL66LSE
Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
  • 41,793
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 65.7 mpg
  • Bristol
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 20 And 36k) - The Broad Stance Of An Athlete With The Elegance Of A Coupe - 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, Bi Xenon Lights, 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, Regenerative Brakes, 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, 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 420d [190] M Sport 5dr Auto [Professional Media] Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
BMW 4 Series
420d [190] M Sport 5dr Auto [Professional Media]
2016 (66) - CV66CLX
Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
  • 46,549
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 65.7 mpg
  • Lympsham
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 20 And 41k) - The Broad Stance Of An Athlete With The Elegance Of A Coupe - 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, Bi Xenon Lights, 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, Regenerative Brakes, 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, 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.
(2015) BMW 3 Series 320d [190] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Business Media] £5900 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Harman Kardon
BMW 3 Series
320d [190] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Business Media]
2015 (65) - YA65UUW
£5900 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Harman Kardon
  • 15,828
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 62.8 mpg
  • Lympsham
2 Owners From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Last Stamp At 12k) - Capturing Your Imagination By Fusing A Sporty Yet Elegant Character Of A Coupe With An Impressinve Amount Of Space - £5900 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission, Harman/Kardon Loudspeaker System, 19 Inch M Star Spoke Alloy Wheels, M Sport Brakes, Xenon Headlights, Front Heated Seats, Auto Dimming And Folding Door Mirrors, Sun Protection Glass, Headlight Wash System, Full Black Panel Display And Finished In Estoril Blue Metallic Paint With Luxurious Black Dakota Leather Upholstery - BMW Professional Multimedia System (GPS Satellite Navigation System), Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Voice Control For Media Functions, 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, 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, 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 Lympsham branch (BS240JN). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2015) BMW 5 Series 525d M Sport 4dr Step Auto £6180 Of Extras - M Sport Plus Package - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
BMW 5 Series
525d M Sport 4dr Step Auto
2015 (65) - VO65OKL
£6180 Of Extras - M Sport Plus Package - Satellite Navigation - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection
  • 41,140
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 56.5 mpg
  • Lympsham
2 Owners From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 18 And 36k) - The BMW 5 Series Combines Aesthetics, Dynamism, Safety & Efficiency. Effortlessly. - £6180 Of Fitted Extras Including M Sport Plus Package (19 Inch M Double Spoke Light Alloy Wheels, M Rear Spoiler, Sun Protection Glass, Harman/Kardon Loudspeaker System), Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission, Electrically Tilting And Sliding Glass Sunroof With Sunshade, Front Lumbar Support And Finished In Space Grey Metallic Paint With Luxurious Oyster Dakota Leather Upholstery With Exclusive Stitching - BMW Professional GPS Satellite Navigation System, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, 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, Bi Xenon Lights, 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, Regenerative Brakes, 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 Lympsham branch (BS240JN). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest independent used car dealer in the South West.
(2016) BMW X1 xDrive 20d Sport 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats £2900 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
BMW X1
xDrive 20d Sport 5dr Step Auto - SUV 5 Seats
2016 (16) - FD16UKW
£2900 Of Extras - Satellite Navigation - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
  • 49,730
  • Auto
  • Diesel
  • 57.6 mpg
  • Weston
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 18 And 41k) - Life Meets Style - The X1 Possesses A Dynamic, Youthful & Powerful Presence - Offering A Unique Sense Of Space And Luxury - £2900 Of Fitted Extras Including Ultra Smooth And Responsive 8 Speed Automatic Transmission, Park Assist, Cruise Control With Braking Function, Extended Lighting And Finished In Mineral Grey Metallic Paint - GPS Satellite Navigation System, Mp3 iPhone iPod USB & Aux Music Ports, Automatic Smart Key, Radar-Type Reverse Parking Sensors, 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, Front Fog Lights, Tinted Glass, 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, 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 Weston-super-Mare branch (BS22 8NA). Buy with Confidence. Carbase, the largest used car dealer in the South West.
(2015) BMW 4 Series 420d xDrive M Sport 2dr £1455 Of Extras - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
BMW 4 Series
420d xDrive M Sport 2dr
2015 (64) - YY64ZSP
£1455 Of Extras - Luxurious Leather - Bluetooth Connection - Parking Sensors - DAB Radio
  • 32,738
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 57.6 mpg
  • Lympsham
1 Owner From New With Bmw Dealer Service History (Stamps At 18,27 And 32k) - The Broad Stance Of An Athlete With The Elegance Of A Coupe - £1455 Of Fitted Extras Including Electrically Folding And Auto Dimming Door Mirrors, Anthracite Headlining, Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim, Full Black Panel Display And Finished In Glacier Silver Metallic Paint - 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, DAB Digital Radio For A Myriad Of Stations To Suit Your Mood, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Manual 6-Speed Gearbox, Bi Xenon Lights, 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, Regenerative Brakes, 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, 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.

Used BMWs 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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