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BMW is one of the most popular brands of car in the UK and it’s not difficult to see why. The German car-makers have got it all so, so right.
BMW cars appeal not just to the elite but also to the mass market, mainly because if you’re looking for a used BMW you can pick one up at a great price. Unlike some models, BMWs are well-known for retaining their value, therefore even the higher mileage cars sell well.
New BMWs are a real luxury and you’ll pay a premium to buy one, but you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. Not only do BMWs offer excellent performance, they are extremely frugal too so you’ll pay less at the pump.
This week. we’ve chosen to talk about BMW’s wide range of 4x4s. There is currently five available to buy to include the BMW X1, X3, X4, X5 and BMW X6. Take a look below for further information.
The BMW X1 was originally launched in 2009 and since then has proved its popularity. The current model rivals the likes of the Audi Q3, the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Qashqai but none offer quite the same appeal. The X1 offers plenty of curb appeal with striking looks and a host of equipment. Furthermore, it offers a mix of fuel efficient diesel engines of which we’d recommend the X1 xDrive 20d xLine. To drive, the X1 handles well, but its not the best BMW off-roader so is best kept to the curb. In 2016, BMW will release a new version of the X1 that promises to be bigger and even better to drive and easily beats rivals when it comes to space and versatility.
The BMW X3 is one of the most desirable 4x4s on the market and one of the best in its class when it comes to practicality and performance. Climb aboard and you’ll be impressed with the vast interior space and the vast amount of standard kit included. Built to rival premium models such as the Audi Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque, the X3 holds its own thanks to its capability both on and off road and its wide range of efficient diesel engines. Behind the wheel, performance is second to none, the ride is comfortable and smooth with excellent suspension. To maximize efficiency every X3 comes with stop/start technology, which is fitted as part of the EfficientDynamics pack. In short, the X3 has all the credentials you could wish for and is an excellent buy.
The BMW X4 is a relatively new car revealed last year as BMW’s downsized version of the X6 coupe-SUV. Rivals include the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque but the X4 stands its ground pretty well. To many, it may appear to be a rather odd creation being larger than a hatchback and smaller than a traditional 4×4, but BMW has certainly identified there is a market for it. Those who are seeking a car that stands out from the crowd and offers good driving dynamics and a range of powerful engine will love the BMW X4, not to mention its smart cabin and strong level of equipment. It may not appeal to all tastes but the X4 certainly has a lot going for it.
The BMW X5 is now in its third generation and still going strong. It has plenty of road presence and is well-built with striking looks, although since its initial launch many rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-M-Class have appeared on the market to challenge it. Some of the X5’s best traits include ride comfort and its large choice of economical engines, although we’d recommend avoiding the petrol version. Interior quality is also high on the agenda and passengers can benefit from more comfort and practicality than ever before. To drive, the X5 is more car-like than many other SUVs and thanks to this and a host of other appealing traits, it firmly remains one of the best SUVs on the market
Big and bold, the X6 certainly has road presence and is the ideal car for those seeking something different that demonstrates the very best in build quality. Despite its size, the X6 maintains excellent body control and great handling for such a large car. Furthermore, it’s striking to look at and offers a luxurious interior with all the latest mod cons available. Fuel consumption is impressive with cuts of 22% demonstrated on the latest version. The plunging roofline means that taller passengers in the back may struggle for headroom but most adults will fit in fine and there’s a large spacious boot too. Choose a diesel model to benefit from the best mpg ratings – we’d recommend the X6 xDrive 30d which is currently the best-seller.