BMW is one of the most recognizable names in luxury vehicles. With this reputation for luxury, BMW vehicles are often on the more expensive side, but the vehicles’ consistently high quality justifies the prices in style, comfort, and performance. To exemplify the strengths of BMW vehicles, Consumer Reports recommended every BMW sedan and sports car that it tested.
BMW sedans are noted for their comfort and luxurious style
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door sedan that visually stands out with its signature BMW grille. Consumer Reports ranked it second among its class of entry-level luxury cars. Its turbocharged 228-horsepower engine gives the 2 Series Gran Coupe fun acceleration, and its starting price of $35,700 is not bad for a BMW.
Another BMW sedan, the BMW 5 Series, exudes luxury and prioritizes driver and passenger comfort with a quiet and smooth ride. Consumer Reports ranked it as the second-best luxury midsized car and awarded the 5 Series an impressive Road Test score. This is a BMW that comes at a price, though, as standard models start at $54,200, while top-trim 5 Series models can cost as much as $142,000.
BMW also shows its excellence in compact cars with the BMW 3 Series. The 3 Series was noted for its impressive acceleration, from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. Turning to the interior, the 3 Series is equal parts classy and comfortable, fitting the expectations of the BMW brand. It has a starting MSRP of $41,450, which, while still expensive, is not bad for a luxury car.
BMW sports cars stand out with performance and handling
On the sportier side of things, BMW has the standard 2 Series, which is distinct from the 2 Series Gran Coupe mentioned above. Consumer Reports gave the BMW 2 Series a great Road Test and noted that the eight-speed automatic 2 Series had impressive handling and responsive braking. However, one of the most remarkable things about the 2 Series is its price. A base model of the two-door coupe is priced at $35,700, which is quite reasonable for a luxury sports car.
For drivers interested in a roadster, Consumer Reports describes the BMW Z4 as a thrilling sports car with surprisingly good fuel economy. However, while the turbo four-cylinder BMW Z4 handles well and will satisfy roadster enthusiasts, drivers should not expect a smooth ride. In its review of the Z4, Consumer Reports noted that the roadster did not feel particularly great while driving, which was worsened by the amount of noise the car makes. It is also on the pricier side with a base price of $49,900.
Consumer Reports has not tested every BMW car
While Consumer Reports has recommended the previous BMW sedans and sports cars, the site has not been able to review every vehicle in the BMW lineup. Among the gas-powered models that Consumer Reports have not reviewed are the 7 Series, 4 Series, and 8 Series.
Two notable BMW cars that have not been tested are the i4 and i7. These are newly released all-electric versions of the 4 Series and 7 Series. According to Consumer Reports, the standard eDrive40 model of the BMW i4 features 335 horsepower and has a range of 301 miles per charge.