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Are plug-in hybrid fuel consumption claims accurate in the real world?

Some big claims are made by car manufacturers when marketing their electric and plug-in hybrid cars, but how often are these marketing boasts actually accurate in the real world? For instance, BMW says its 530e plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) sedan will do 54km on full battery electric power and record a 2.3L/100km fuel consumption when using both electric and petrol power...

BMW Australia introduces third round of price rises in eight months

BMW Australia has applied another round of price rises across its most popular models – some by as much as $6000 – representing the third increase since June 2020. The majority of BMWs in the pricing overhaul have gone up by $2000, while the smallest increase is $910, reserved for 1 Series and 2 Series models...

2021 BMW 320e, 520e plug-in hybrids revealed for Europe, Australian launch unconfirmed

The 2021 BMW 320e and BMW 520e plug-in hybrids have been unveiled, ahead of their European market launch in March 2021 – however, Australian launches for both models are not in the brand's local plans. Unveiled as part of a raft of Model Year 2021 updates for the wider BMW line-up in Europe, the new 3 Series and 5 Series plug-in hybrids mate a 120kW 2...

BMW raises prices for the second time in six months

Less than six months after prices increased by up to $5000 across the range, BMW has upped prices again. Buyers will need to dig deeper to purchase a 1 Series, 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X4, or X6. Smaller BMW models models see increases of $1000, while SUVs and 5 Series models have gone up by $2000...

BMW 5 Series ute for sale

  A BMW 5 Series ute conversion has been listed on Ebay for $US30,000 (approximately $AU41,700). Unfortunately for Australian ute lovers however, it's left-hand drive and happens to be located in the Russian city of Kursk. And shipping isn’t included in the price...

BMW to debut remote engine start function, but is it legal to use?

BMW will debut a remote engine start function on its upcoming 4 Series, 5 Series, and M5 Competition vehicles. The technology will allow operators to start the car's engine remotely – using a smartphone app – for up to 15 minutes before driving. During this time the interior can be heated or cooled and the seat warmers can be activated...

BMW with COVID19 number plates 'abandoned' in Adelaide

A BMW with ‘COVID19’ number plates has mysteriously been left in a carpark at Adelaide Airport. ABC News reported the vehicle has potentially been there since "February or even earlier”. A spokesman for Adelaide Airport was unable to confirm exactly how long the car had been abandoned, but told CarAdvice the 2009 BMW 5 Series sedan is not parked illegally or currently accumulating fines...

2021 BMW 5 Series: prices rise by up to $6000

It will cost more to keep to keep up appearances in a 2021 BMW 5 Series sedan when the midlife facelift arrives in Australian showrooms in October. The subtle redesign – including new headlights, grille, and tail-lights – coincide with tech changes including a larger infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and engine power upgrades for a number of models...

2021 BMW 5 Series unveiled: Android Auto in, wagon likely out

UPDATE, July 14: Australian pricing for the updated 2021 BMW 5 Series has now been revealed, and the wagon is confirmed as being deleted from the range. Details here. The updated 2021 BMW 5 Series has been unveiled today, ahead of an Australian market launch confirmed for October...

2021 BMW 5 Series revealed early as official images leaked online

The updated 2021 BMW 5 Series sedan has been laid bare in leaked official photos ahead of its debut globally later this year. The facelifted BMW 5 Series is expected to go on sale in Australia in late 2020 or early 2021. CarAdvice has reached out to BMW Australia for specific local timing and will update this story once we hear back...

2020 BMW M550i: 'Pure' V8 sedan priced from $134,900

The BMW M550i xDrive will be a cut-price M5 alternative in Australia, with the twin-turbo V8 sedan kicking off at $134,900 before on-road costs when it arrives early in 2020. The entry-level M550i xDrive will be badged Pure, a label previously reserved for pared-back M3 and M2 variants, and will undercut the fully-specced M550i xDrive by $15,000...