BMW Road Tests

Outstanding new coupe from BMW

Outstanding new coupe from BMW

Hot on the heels of its new 4-series range, BMW has launched another new model line, the 2-series. David Thomson puts the coupe variant to the test.

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4-series coupe a fine ride from BMW

4-series coupe a fine ride from BMW

When is the new BMW 3-series coupe not a BMW 3-series? When it is a 4-series instead. David Thomson explains, after a week behind the wheel of the company's new 435i.

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BMW X5 provides a holiday high five

BMW X5 provides a holiday high five

David Thomson said goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 with the 30d version of the latest BMW X5 in his care. It seems to have marked an auspicious start to the new motoring year.

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BMW X5: A fresh start from familiar foundations

BMW X5: A fresh start from familiar foundations

Heading out of Napier, there are three recognised driving routes to Taihape - via the Manawatu Gorge (SH3 and SH1), via Taupo (SH5, SH1) and via the Gentle Annie, the most direct choice.

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BMW delivers with 320i

BMW delivers with 320i

In late 2012, the 328i variant of BMW's latest 3-series saloon earned a rare five-star rating in a Drivesouth road test.

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Much to like in BMW's M135i

Much to like in BMW's M135i

BMW has a new high-performance car to show, and Central Otago has a brand-new race track on which to show it. David Thomson heads to Highlands Motorsport Park to sample the M135i.

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BMW puts on grand show with Gran Coupe

BMW puts on grand show with Gran Coupe

BMW has come late to the party of large four-door coupes, but the 6-series Gran Coupe is here now. David Thomson gets behind the wheel to see if it has been worth the wait.

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BMW strikes right balance in 118d

BMW strikes right balance in 118d

The new BMW 118d answers many of the criticisms of the original model, David Thomson reports.

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A tour of BMW's 535i wagon well worth the time

A tour of  BMW's 535i wagon well worth the time

Sedan versions of the latest BMW 5 series have already impressed in Drivesouth's hands, with the latest to be assessed -the 535d - earning a rare five-star test rating.

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BMW delivers a diesel delight

BMW delivers a diesel delight

New Zealand's reigning Car of the Year made its debut on these pages late last year,with the flagship 550i version the subject of afull road test.

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Cruise in luxury with BMW's latest 550i

Cruise in luxury with BMW's latest 550i

For many years, when asked to pick the perfect BMW sedan for luxury motoring, the 5-series has been my car of choice.

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BMW X1 in a class of its own

BMW X1 in a class of its own

The new baby of BMW's SUV line has caused quite a stir in itsfirst few months on sale. David Thomson gets behind the wheel for the first time.

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BMW: Sixth 5-Series is two-for-one deal

BMW: Sixth 5-Series is two-for-one deal

Everything in the Yarra Valley inland from Melbourne is in shades of grey: The roads, the sky ... the landscape.

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BMW 118d SE: Setting out its stall

BMW 118d SE: Setting out its stall

How do you react when, having pulled up at an intersection and flicked the gear lever into neutral, the engine of your car stops?

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BMW 335d: Diesel dynamite

BMW 335d: Diesel dynamite

Appearing under the BMW efficient dynamics banner - which promises the unlikely combination of increased power, better fuel consumption and reduced emissions - the 335d is one of the stars of BMW's recently updated 3-series range. David Thomson reports on a rewarding time behind the wheel.

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BMW 750i : Back on beam with Seven-Series

BMW 750i : Back on beam with Seven-Series

BMW has sought a full return to form with the new fifth-generation Seven-Series.

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BMW 7-Series : Big broad beamer impresses

BMW 7-Series : Big broad beamer impresses

"Being number one is no longer important. Staying in business, and keeping our dealers profitable, is."

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BMW X Challenge has truckloads of street cred

BMW X Challenge has truckloads of street cred

It was tempting to think they were having me on. I measure 166.5cm in my socks. This bike's seat height is 93cm.

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BMW Mini Clubman a true time traveller

BMW Mini Clubman a true time traveller

Maybe you remember the original 1960s Mini station wagon? Maybe you should forget it because, those look-alike back doors and a sort-of similar silhouette aside, today's BMW car isn't really like the BMC original at all.

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BMW 1-series gets facelift

BMW 1-series gets facelift

When BMW gave its 1-series range a small midlife facelift earlier this year, it added exterior visual enhancements and improved interior trim across the range.

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BMW Mini Cooper S : Niggles fail to blunt appeal

BMW Mini Cooper S : Niggles fail to blunt appeal

 

The new Mini arrived, and the battlelines were drawn.

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BMW M3 : Getting to grips with the knockers’ gripes

BMW M3 : Getting to grips with the knockers’ gripes

They say the steering feel isn’t quite right; that the styling lacks the sophistication expected of such an expensive car. They say it’s lost some soul. Some say the Audi RS4 is better.

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BMW 535d almost too fast, too furious

BMW 535d almost too fast, too furious

What a goose. As the 5-Series sedan turned out of the sandy beachside carpark, its driver relaxed the reins; two black rooster-tails of grit immediately sprayed out right across the flank of a parked BMW 1-Series.

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BMW X5 a tough nut for sporty market

BMW X5 a tough nut for sporty market

THE TRICK wasn't just to position the BMW X5 across a set of ruts in such a way to leave it balancing on opposing wheels. It was to then be able to cleanly open - and then close - the doors.

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BMW 3-series coupe a smooth operator

BMW 3-series coupe a smooth operator

While the Z4 M Roadster was the star at BMW's recent media launch of new cars, the more significant vehicle on show in terms of both sales and technical terms was the new 3-series coupe.

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BMW Z4: New BMW Coupe sounds great

BMW Z4: New BMW Coupe sounds great

IF YOU are one of the 10 New Zealanders set to take delivery of the new BMW Z4 M Coupe this year, then consider calling your dealer to ask if the car can be delivered without its standard MP3-compatible six-stack, 10-speaker sound system.

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BMW 550i - Driving in lap of luxury

BMW 550i - Driving in lap of luxury

THE overriding impression on exiting the new BMW 550i is not its superb engine, performance, chassis or luxury; rather, it is its fighter-plane experience.

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BMW X3 3.0d: premium on performance

BMW X3 3.0d: premium on performance

SOME PEOPLE believe the words "diesel" and "performance" should never be used in the same sentence.

But the latest BMW X3 diesel model makes a nonsense of that. It puts the "sport" into Sports Utility Vehicle(SUV).

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BMW 7 Series - Class, comfort . . . and a little confusion

BMW 7 Series - Class, comfort . . . and a little confusion

The first time BMW sent the current 7-series around the country's motoring writers for appraisal we were required to report to the local dealer for a familiarisation session on the intricacies of its "in-your-face" technology before taking the car for a drive.

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BMW 530d : No slouch — a diesel delight from BMW

BMW 530d : No slouch — a diesel delight from BMW

A decade ago, buyers of German luxury cars would have shuddered at the thought of buying a diesel.

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