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2015 BMW M135i revealed

Images of the 2015 BMW M135i have been released, revealing the updated styling of the Bavarian brand’s flagship hot-hatch. BMW announced the specifications of its upgraded 1 Series range earlier this month but has kept images of the M135i under wraps until now...

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2014 BMW 118i Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 BMW 118i Review

Being the ‘entry’ model for any manufacturer is always a challenge. Can you live up to the status and credibility of your more upscale siblings? The BMW 1 Series was launched in 2004 to replace the E46 3 Series compact hatchback as the starting point in the BMW line up...


2015 BMW 1 Series : Fresh looks, three-cylinder engines for updated small car
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2015 BMW 1 Series : Fresh looks, three-cylinder engines for updated small car

The BMW 1 Series has been given a 2 Series-inspired facelift and gained a pair of three-cylinder turbocharged engines from the Mini Cooper in a major mid-life update for the premium small car. Gone are the droopy headlights of its predecessor, replaced by flatter, sharper fixtures reminiscent of the 2 Series coupe and convertible...


Face/Off - BMW M135i hatch with M235i coupe front
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Face/Off - BMW M135i hatch with M235i coupe front

It's normally the realm of poor Photoshops or bonkers show cars - grafting the nose of one car onto another. Nissan famously followed fans who were fitting the S13 Silvia nose onto the sister 180SX hatch with an official "Sileighty" model. This one comes from a BMW fan in the UK who (like many) was not a fan of the BMW 1-Series nose on the sporty M135i hatch...


2016 BMW 1 Series front-drive sedan spied again
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2016 BMW 1 Series front-drive sedan spied again

The 2016 BMW 1 Series sedan has been caught in action once again by our European spy photographers, giving us a good insight into the Bavarian brand’s imminent Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA rival.  With its German rivals spinning out multiple entry level offering to great sales success, world luxury car sales leader BMW seems to have caught onto the idea that it must follow suit...


BMW 1 Series sedan caught for the first time
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BMW 1 Series sedan caught for the first time

An all-new BMW 1 Series sedan has been spotted undergoing testing by CarAdvice's spy photographers for the first time. The new 1 Series sedan, confirmed to be sold globally in the second part of this decade, was seen near the brand's German headquarters, and the significance of the car is not only that it's the first such bodystyle for the BMW small car range, but also its underpinnings...


2015 BMW 1 Series : First look at fresh-faced hatch
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2015 BMW 1 Series : First look at fresh-faced hatch

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the updated 2015 BMW 1 Series in Germany, revealing a number of styling tweaks for the premium compact hatchback. The facelifted 1 Series will debut in the European autumn, likely making its public debut at October’s Paris motor show, before reaching right-hand-drive markets such as the UK in the first quarter of 2015...


BMW 1 Series Review : 116i
Rating: 7.510 /10
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BMW 1 Series Review : 116i

The BMW 1 Series is one of three premium-branded hatchbacks to be priced from $35,600 plus on-road costs.   From mid last year, the entry-level 116i had its price levelled to match the base Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the A180, and the all-new Audi A3 in starter 1.4 TFSI Attraction guise...

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$35,600

BMW ActiveE fleet sent to the crusher due to US regulations
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BMW ActiveE fleet sent to the crusher due to US regulations

Part of the BMW ActiveE fleet in the USA has been sent to the crusher in order to comply with local regulations. A small internet storm erupted last week when a Facebook user posted a photo (above) on the wall of the Chevy Volt Owners group. For many electric car enthusiasts the image of eight crushed BMW ActiveE coupes on the back of a semi-trailer brought back memories of the end of the GM EV1 program...


Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40
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Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40

‘Premium’ is perhaps the word most difficult to define in the automotive lexicon. To some, it may be about delivering an image above the mainstream and the connotations of a badge; to others it may be about the tangibles of a product and the engineering behind the façade...


BMW M135i v Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: Comparison Review
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BMW M135i v Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: Comparison Review

Hatches don’t come any hotter than the BMW M135i and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Nor do rivalries come any fiercer. BMW has been building fast hatchbacks since the 130i of a decade ago, and its M division is esteemed in building compact six-cylinder performance models seemingly since the dawn of time...


BMW 1 Series sedan to rival A3, CLA from 2017: report
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BMW 1 Series sedan to rival A3, CLA from 2017: report

BMW will launch a 1 Series sedan based on its new front-wheel-drive architecture in the second half of this decade to allow it to go head to head with recently released compact four-doors from its German rivals. Autoweek reports the new BMW 1 Series sedan – codenamed NES (new entry-level sedan) – will form part of a range of front- and all-wheel-drive models that the luxury Bavarian car maker says will be fundamental to its expansion in lower-priced segments around the world...


Luxury car segment has potential to double in Australia: BMW
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Luxury car segment has potential to double in Australia: BMW

BMW believes the increasing number of affordable compact luxury cars has the potential to double sales in Australia’s premium car segment. The German car maker’s local boss, Phil Horton, says the premium market is already growing more rapidly than the overall market – up 14 per cent year to date compared with three per cent for all passenger cars and SUVs...


Mercedes-Benz A-Class pricing needlessly aggressive, says BMW
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Mercedes-Benz A-Class pricing needlessly aggressive, says BMW

BMW Australia has questioned rival Mercedes’ pricing strategy with its A-Class hatchback, believing it has been unnecessarily aggressive. The smallest Mercedes (main image) was launched with a $35,600 starting price earlier in 2013, with all models including the base generously equipped...


BMW 1 Series facelift spied
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BMW 1 Series facelift spied

The mid-life upgrade of the BMW 1 Series has been spied for the first time, caught testing in Germany with a lightly camouflaged front end. Changes to thisBMW 1 Series prototype are mainly confined to its nose, with our spy shots revealing a revised front spoiler with newly designed air intakes and a reshaped kidney grille...


BMW 1 Series: prices down, equipment up for luxury hatch
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BMW 1 Series: prices down, equipment up for luxury hatch

BMW Australia has slashed the price and boosted the specification of the BMW 1 Series hatch to counter its newly launched, aggressively priced, premium German rivals. The entry-level BMW 116i now starts at $35,600 – matching the sharp base-model pricing of its compatriots, the Audi A3 TFSI Attraction and the Mercedes-Benz A180...


BMW M135i Quick Video Review
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BMW M135i Quick Video Review

six-cylinder hot-hatch is so good, it's an M1 in all but name.


BMW M135i full Video Review
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BMW M135i full Video Review

BMW's M Performance range is joined by the quickest version of the 1 Series hatchback.


Sports car comparison: BMW M135i v Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R
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Sports car comparison: BMW M135i v Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R

A comparison test between the BMW M135i, Volkswagen Golf R, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and Subaru WRX STI might seem like a war between Germany and Japan, but it isn't. Nor is it a showdown between rear- and all-wheel drive. Simply, the aim is to find the best sports car available for under $70,000, the near-perfect price-point for those looking beyond mere hot hatches but who can’t stretch to six-figure performance...


BMW 2 Series Coupe: first look at new two-door hardtop
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BMW 2 Series Coupe: first look at new two-door hardtop

The BMW 2 Series coupe has been spied in Germany, giving us our first look at the hardtop version of the brand's all-new two-door model line. The images come just two weeks after CarAdvice's spy photographers uncovered the coupe's sibling, the new 2 Series convertible...


BMW 2 Series: first look at new compact convertible
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BMW 2 Series: first look at new compact convertible

A prototype of the BMW 2 Series convertible has been spied undergoing cold-weather testing in Europe, giving us our first look at the all-new compact two-door model line. The new 2 Series nameplate will be applied to the coupe and convertible vehicles built on the platform of the 1 Series hatchback, mirroring the relationship between the 5 Series (sedan and wagon) and 6 Series (coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe), and shortly the 3 Series (sedan, wagon and GT) and upcoming 4 Series (coupe and convertible)...


BMW M135i Review
Rating: 910 /10
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BMW M135i Review

  BMW M135i will be an unfamiliar badge as it joins the German car maker’s current line-up. Its origins, however, date back to the late 1970s. The first time BMW used a sequence of the capital M and three numbers was the M535i of 1979, which was the first proper, road-focused offering from the company’s M performance division (following the M1 that was more of a race car) – and the precursor to the now-famous M5...

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$68,400

BMW 1 Series Convertible Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 1 Series Convertible Review

It’s by no means the prettiest or cheapest soft top around, but few cars in the premium compact class offer as a complete a package as the BMW 1 Series Convertible. The aesthetic challenge faced by the entry-level BMW 1 Series began with its conversion from coupe to convertible – resulting in messier lines and an overall boxier look...

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$53,200 to $83,700

BMW Concept Active Tourer debuts new front-wheel-drive platform
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BMW Concept Active Tourer debuts new front-wheel-drive platform

BMW has given the world its first look at its front-wheel drive future, revealing the BMW Concept Active Tourer ahead of its debut at this month's 2012 Paris motor show. The small car-sized BMW Concept Active Tourer rides on an all-new vehicle architecture, and for the first time in BMW's history features a transversely mounted 1...


BMW 116i Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 116i Review

The BMW 116i is currently the cheapest way into the German luxury brand, costing just $36,900. That brings an obvious question: does it feel like a stripped-out version lacking classic BMW values or is it a genuine luxury entry point to the blue-and-white roundel? The BMW 116i kicks off a 1 Series range that will come under increasing pressure from new rivals in 2013, when all-new versions of the Audi A3 and newly hatchbacked Mercedes-Benz A-Class step into the premium small-car ring...

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$36,900

BMW 1 M RS: race car looks for the street
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BMW 1 M RS: race car looks for the street

German tuning house Tuningwerk has unleashed the BMW 1-Series M Coupe for those who feel the standard car's 250kW of poke and up to 500Nm of shove just wasn't adequate. The Tuningwerk BMW 1 M RS appears to be an all-out racer with its roll cage, carbonfibre GT4 front lip, bonnet, boot lid and rear wing, massive optional 380mm carbon ceramic brakes, forged 19-inch ATS Superlight wheels and Recaro Pole Position racing seats, but it’s actually designed with the street in mind...


BMW 118d Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 118d Review

It’s doubtful whether even those inside BMW’s HQ in Germany who gave the green light to the BMW 1-Series ever thought it would be such a global hit when it originally launched in 2004. After all, there were more than a few detractors, including long-time BMW aficionados and enthusiasts who didn’t see the car as a ‘proper’ BMW, and questioned the need for anything smaller than the benchmark BMW 3 Series model...

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$43,500 to $46,200

BMW 1 Series three-door patent images revealed
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BMW 1 Series three-door patent images revealed

The second-generation BMW 1 Series three-door hatch has been previewed in a batch of official patent images. Uncovered by Chinese website Auto Sohu, the design of the three-door 1 Series offers few surprises. The front and rear styling is carried over from the five-door model, while the doors are elongated with the B-pillars angled towards the rear...


2012 BMW 1 Series tuned by AC Schnitzer
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2012 BMW 1 Series tuned by AC Schnitzer

Renowned BMW aftermarket specialist AC Schnitzer has revealed a new tuning kit for the 2012 BMW 1 Series. The company offers power upgrades for the 118d and 120d diesel models, as well as a range of exterior revisions. Starting with the polarising body styling of the new BMW 1 Series, AC Schnitzer has come up with a subtle bodykit which merely expands upon the natural design...


Audi Q3, BMW 1 Series, Hyundai Veloster awarded five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
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Audi Q3, BMW 1 Series, Hyundai Veloster awarded five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Euro NCAP has released the latest round of test results. Some of the newest cars to join the five-star club include the Audi Q3, the new BMW 1 Series and the sporty Hyundai Veloster. The all-new Audi Q3 compact SUV scored a near-perfect 94 per cent for adult passenger safety, with child safety rated at 85 per cent...