You might not like to admit it, but the BMW X5 is a damn good car.
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
By going transverse-engined the X1 has become technically less distinctive, but more useful in the real world
BMW performance hatch that is also a bit of a bargain. It's not quite a 1M, but it's close.
The new 5 Series is as good to drive as the BMW image, and yet it's as refined and plush as a Mercedes E-Class.
Typically BMW for its sheer composure on the road and fine refinement.
Less inviting to own than a Mercedes C-coupe, but scores points with excellent driving dynamics, a strong range, well laid-out cabin and class-best infotainment.
Being based on the best junior exec is a good start: this car is a belter.
Cosier and more expensive than rivals, but appealing badge and quality
Far better looking than the old 1 Series Coupe. Driving and owning qualities mark it out as a real BMW.
BMW's switch from RWD to FWD for the new hatch is no bad thing. This new 1 Series is a good car from the bottom up.