BMW 330e Sport Saloon new car review

BMW 330e

BMW 330e Sport Saloon new car review

BMW 330e Sport Saloon new car review

Petrol-electric hybrid cars have been around for a while, but technology keep moving on and there are now an increasing number of plug-in hybrids available, rechargeable at home or at public charging points.

BMW has become well-established in this expanding market with models such as the i3 and i8, and now there is also a version of its iconic 3-Series, the 330e.

It is a plug-in hybrid with all the cachet of a BMW but the environmental credentials of a supermini. Base price of the 330e is £34,235 including Government grant, but with a variety of options my Sport test model was £42,350.

Lavishly equipped

It was of course lavishly equipped and included premium sat-nav system, reversing and wing-mirror cameras, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable (and heated) sports seats, cruise control, automatic dual zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, and M Sport suspension. Continue reading

BMW X1 XDrive new car review

BMW X1 XDrive

Car Test Planet, motoring news and new car reviews's photo.BMW’s all-new X1 compact sports activity model BMW X1 XDrive has just entered UK showrooms and seems set to be another top seller.

After all, the previous version has been a huge success since its launch in 2009. More than 730,000 have been sold globally with nearly 40,000 new owners of X1 in the UK in that time.

Standard specification for the new version X1 includes LED daytime driving lights and for xLine and M Sport models full-LED headlights for low and high beam.

This is optional for Sport line models.The new car has also grown, most notably in height compared to its predecessor (+53mm), which helps to create extra space inside.

The new BMW X1 is available from launch with one petrol and three diesel units, each with TwinPower Turbo technology. A new six-speed manual gearbox is standard. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission is also available which is standard on some models. Continue reading

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