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2001 BMW 5 40i Executive review

If you decide to do a quick, cursory Google search for ‘E39 5 Series’ (or any similar phrase, really), you’ll notice that contemporary road tests and latter-day internet forums all come to the same conclusion – that the mid-90's to early 2000's mid-size sedan from the Bavarian automaker is a benchmark, and is a car that’s still used as a yardstick to this day when it comes to the development of new models...

2015 BMW 3 28i review

The BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark sports sedan for three decades, and this sixth generation, code-named F30, certainly lives up to that name. Recent times have been more competitive for the 3 Series, as the Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4 have taken giant leaps forward. In February 2012, when the F30 was launched in Australia, BMW realised that it had some tough competition...

2009 BMW M3 review

Being a family man and soccer dad, I fall into the same category as many other parents who constantly run around every weekend taxiing the kids to and from their extra curricular sporting and dancing activities. With this comes a requirement for at least four doors and a generous interior with cargo space, which is why your typical soccer field car park is full of SUVs and 4WDs...

2017 BMW 1 M140i review

It’s been said before, the M140i is the last of the purist rear-wheel drive cars in this hot hatch segment (with BMW moving to the UKL platform later this year) and I’m lucky enough to have one in my garage. Not the prettiest hatch when it first arrived in 2012, a mid-life facelift has made it less ugly duckling, but still not quite a beautiful swan (that title might be reserved for the new A Class AMG)...

2017 BMW X5 xDrive 40e iPERF (hybrid) review

Our journey with plug in hybrid electric vehicles started with the purchase of an Audi A3 e-tron early in 2016. We loved its smoothness, refinement and the convenience of being able to charge the car from home. The A3 e-tron was a great car, but as we transitioned into our early retirement phase, we wanted to do more driving holidays, so we needed a bigger car and one that could swallow up long distances in comfort...

2004 BMW 3 30ci review

It's been since my high school days that I have had a car-crush on the E46 BMW 3 Series. Whilst I appreciated getting dropped off by Dad in the Transit Van, it seemed like every well-to-do school goer would be dropped off by mum in some kind of E46 variant - probably something M Sport to increase the jealousy! Fast forward to today and I find myself still deprived of 3 Series ownership thanks to having company cars for the past 15 years (I’m in the auto industry)...

2015 BMW 2 M235i review

Growing up, cars was always my passion. From a very young age I would spend countless hours looking at car adverts trying to figure out what I would buy if I had the money. The only issue was that I didn't and was therefore always forced to make a "smart" purchase, which usually left me miserable. So you can imagine my excitement when I turned 26 and could finally justify spending $40,000 on a car...

2018 BMW M140i review

I have had many cars over the years and I can honestly say that the BMW term, "Ultimate Driving Machine" stands true. For me this translates to the BMW M140i. Having been fortunate enough to have also owned a Nissan 370Z and an Audi S3 Sportback in the past, the M140i has proven to be the best all-rounder as an inner-city run around in Comfort Mode on weekdays, while transforming into a more than capable sports car and GT in Sport Mode on the weekends...

2004 BMW 318i Executive review

There's a lot to be said for simplicity. Sometimes it just works. Sometimes you want a more complex affair and that's fine too. Sometimes, however, you want something inherently more complex but with a few generous helpings of simplicity. I like to think that is what my beloved 2004 BMW 318i is all about; simple, efficient, effective. Sensible...

2016 BMW X1 xDrive 25i review

The year was 2016, and at this point I was doing a fair amount of road trips on a range of differing surfaces. I had been driving a VW Golf GTI (Mk 6) for the past six years, and with over 200,000 kilometres on it, I knew it was time for a change. I liked the idea of a premium compact SUV, as I wanted something with all-wheel drive, but I didn’t want it to come at the expense of size or dynamic ability...

1995 BMW 840ci review

The 8-Series is BMW's forgotten supercar. Most people, even some BMW fans surprisingly, don't even know there was an 8-Series back in the 90's! The first car that was released in this category, the BMW 850i (with its heavy V12 engine) has given the 8-Series pretty much a bad rap, and the 850i (or 850Ci) is basically the very car that people (who know of this car) first think of when you mention the 8-Series to them...