Forget what you think you know about BMW being the "Ultimate Driving Machine" brand—those days are fading fast. The automaker has lost its way in recent years, prioritizing luxury and in-car technology versus satisfying driving characteristics and cars that communicate road feel and handling nuance to their drivers. Sure, if you look hard enough, you can find BMWs that live up to the hype—we're looking at you, 2-series and M2—but something clearly is amiss when the brand's X3 and X5 SUVs drive better than some of its cars. However, the latest 3-series has earned its way back into our good graces and currently sits atop its segment.
For its next generation, the BMW 2-series will still have a rear-drive platform, a turbo four or a gutsy straight-six, and (hopefully) a manual transmission.
As one of the least expensive ways to join the BMW owners club, the 2022 2-series Gran Coupe seeks to deliver a luxury-car experience, and it mostly succeeds.
The BMW 3-series supersedes its sedan classmates with a selection of first-rate powertrains, engaging dynamics, and lots of luxurious elements.
BMW's two-door 4-series coupe and convertible differentiate themselves from the 3-series sedan with a controversial front-end design and a racier roofline.
The 2022 BMW 4-series Gran Coupe combines the graceful, flowing roofline of the two-door 4-series with the four-door practicality of the 3-series sedan.
In recent years, the BMW 7-series has evolved from sports sedan to plush luxobarge, but its quiet cabin and pampering luxury features make it an appealing limo.
The BMW 8-series coupe and convertible live up to their luxury billing thanks to classy cabins, terrific powertrains, and well-honed ride-and-handling balance.
Having a grand touring coupe at your disposal is a luxury few can justify, but the four-door 2022 BMW 8-series Gran Coupe is practical enough to rationalize.
The BMW i4 is an all-new electric sedan in the vein of the 3-series that is expected to compete against Teslas other luxury EVs when it finally hits showrooms.
The 2022 iX is BMW's first electric SUV, and it offers up to 600 horsepower and 300 miles of driving range per charge.
The BMW M3 has killer powertrains, impressive moves, and can be enjoyably driven every day, but minor compromises keep it off of the sports-sedan throne.
The BMW M4 coupe offers the same pedigree and performance as the M3 sedan, but along with two fewer doors, it's also available with a topless body style.
The BMW M5 offers bonkers performance for a four-door sedan while still being luxurious enough to pamper those who shell out for its six-figure price tag.
After a one-year hiatus, the BMW M8 coupe and convertible return as Competition-only models with 617 horsepower, absurd acceleration, and incredible luxury.
With a 617-hp twin-turbo V-8 and a curvy four-door body, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe sedan is a supercar for four.
Under the 2022 BMW X1's somewhat anonymous-looking outer skin lies a playful chassis and a turbo engine that give this small SUV a winning character.
The 2022 BMW X2 is a stylish, chopped-roof version of the X1 SUV with a bit more aggression to the driving dynamics.
Even though it's an SUV, the 2022 BMW X3 will surprises with its fun-to-drive nature, a hallmark of the brand's sports sedans through the years.
The updated 2022 BMW X3 M is a ridiculously quick, unexpectedly athletic, and wholly entertaining compact luxury crossover with a few compromises.
Its fastback styling may be très chic, but the 2022 BMW X4's design compromises the practicality of its square-back X3 sibling while costing more money.
Sharing its go-fast mechanical bits with the white-hot X3 M, the 2022 X4 M rolls with a dramatic coupe-like roofline that adds visual pizzazz.
A luxury SUV is at its best when it effortlessly blends on-road driving satisfaction with modern tech and a posh cabin—and the 2022 BMW X5 does just that.
Along with serious firepower from a 600-plus-hp twin-turbo V-8, the BMW X5 M is a high-priced, mid-size SUV that's delightfully luxurious and shockingly agile.
Slice the rear roofline of the BMW X5 SUV to get the coupelike BMW X6, which is just as luxurious with the same terrific powertrains as its squarer sibling.
The BMW X6 M's fastback roofline makes an interesting impression, but its 600-plus-hp twin-turbo V-8 and track-tuned chassis deliver shocking performance.
Along with robust and smooth powertrains, the BMW X7 is a supremely luxurious large SUV, but its cargo area and third row aren't overly spacious.
BMW is taking the coupe-SUV formula up a size-class with the 2022 X8 crossover, which chops the roof on the big X7 to achieve a sporty fastback shape.
There's nothing better than dropping the top on a nice day and finding an entertaining road to enjoy, and the 2022 BMW Z4 is a great choice for such an activity.
The 2-series provides BMW's traditional driving involvement in spades, even if its stablemates have moved slightly away from that goal.
Premium automakers are racing to the bottom with entry-level luxury car offerings, and BMW is no exception: Behold the 2021 2-series Gran Coupe.
With its first-rate powertrains, generous cabin space, and engaging demeanor, the BMW 3-series is the segment's finest sedan.
The BMW 4-series coupe is completely redesigned for 2021, and it's wearing a controversial new face.
If quiet luxury and handsome styling are high on your new-car priorities list, the spacious and plush 2022 BMW 5-series sedan could be the answer.
If you're into large, luxurious sedans or you're lucky enough to have your own chauffeur, the 2021 BMW 7-series is a handsome and comfortable choice.
The BMW brand may no longer represent the pinnacle of driver engagement, but its 2021 8-series shows it can still build a top-notch grand tourer with real curb appeal.
BMW now uses '8' instead of '6' to designate its classiest grand tourers, and the 2021 8-series Gran Coupe is the loveliest and roomiest among them.
The BMW M2 Competition prioritizes driver engagement and performance, which is awesome for track duty but not so much for everyday life.
Delivering a more driver-focused experience and boasting up to 503 horsepower, the new BMW M3 sedan resurrects its legacy and should intimidate its rivals.
With a radical design and up to 503 horsepower, the new BMW M4 coupe marks a notable departure in both looks and performance from its two-door predecessor.
With a richly appointed cabin and astonishing acceleration, the BMW M5 retains the luxury of the regular 5-series and seriously amplifies its performance.
With an outrageously powerful twin-turbo V-8, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe's sizzling performance matches its sizable six-digit price.
The 2021 BMW X1 is petite, playful, and practical, which makes it one of our favorite luxury subcompact crossovers and perhaps the perfect choice for you.
Think of the 2021 X2 as a more stylish, slightly sportier alternative to the subcompact BMW X1 SUV, but one that comes with a few compromises to interior space.
BMW sedans have lost some of the dual-personality demeanor that made them both fun to drive and luxurious, but the 2021 X3 recaptures a bit of that magic.
Whether the BMW X3 M—with huge horsepower and dynamic handling in an SUV wrapper—has too much power or is the perfect amount of fun depends on your disposition.
Some might find the 2021 BMW X4’s higher style to be worth the extra cost over the mechanically similar X3, but we don’t quite get it.
Underneath their tall, fastback bodies, the 2021 BMW X4 M and X4 M Competition pack serious muscle and an expertly tuned sport suspension.
The BMW X5 has been around since the turn of the century, evolving into an SUV that balances power, refinement, and luxury with great road manners.
The BMW X5 M has the acceleration and athleticism of a sports sedan, but its high-performance traits are packaged in a high-riding, high-priced SUV.
The luxurious BMW X6 is the sloped-back sibling to the mid-size BMW X5 SUV—its buyers are spending more for unique style but less cabin space.
The BMW X6 M commands attention with a menacing mug and a sloping backside, and it defies physics with huge power and otherworldly performance.
With excellent powertrain options and extensive luxury amenities, the three-row BMW X7 earns the highest marks among large high-end SUVs.
The 2021 BMW Z4 falls short of the Porsche Boxster for sheer driving enjoyment, but it offers extremely strong performance and makes a fine daily driver.
The 2021 BMW i3 is designed to stand out, even among other electric vehicles, but its stingy driving range doesn't come close to matching that of rival EVs.
BMW's smallest sports coupe—the 2-series—is also the least expensive model in the lineup and super fun to drive, with your choice of two fantastic engines.
Based on the popular X1 SUV, the 2020 BMW 2-series Gran Coupe is an entry-level sedan with a rakish roofline and standard all-wheel drive.
With its first-rate powertrains, generous cabin space, and engaging demeanor, the BMW 3-series is the segment's finest sedan.
The 2020 BMW 4-Series epitomizes the brand's luxury pedigree and storied driving engagement.
With good fuel economy, two zippy engines, and a cleverly integrated hatchback, the 4-series Gran Coupe is a stylish, premium sedan.
The 2020 5-Series doesn't drive as well as BMW's past sport sedans, but its roomy cabin and many technology features makes it a nice, relaxing luxury car.
Its hushed cabin and plentiful features give the 7-series a strong cruising game, but its range of fantastic engines are let down by a lack of handling prowess.
With a Fortress of Solitude ride quality and a truly elegant interior, the 2020 BMW 8-series creates a high-class experience with only minor compromises.
With a dashing appearance and bigger back seat, the high-class Gran Coupe is the most practical and best-looking member of the BMW 8-series family.
With quick and quiet operation as well as unique styling inside and out, the 2020 i3 has the hallmarks of a slick EV (except for its limited range).
The 2020 BMW i8 boasts outside-the-box styling and a plug-in powertrain that saves fuel, but it lacks the performance of more exotic sports cars.
With a powerful inline-six, agile handling and a standard manual transmission, the M2 is one of BMW's greatest hits.
With seriously quick acceleration and an affordable Competition package, the M4 is statistically impressive but less engaging than its predecessors.
Despite its playful all-wheel-drive system and brutal acceleration, the M5 isn't the ultimate sports sedan, but its performance is stunning nonetheless.
With a silky-smooth powertrain and a comfortable ride, the M8 coupe and convertible are luxurious and mighty, but also a little too reserved.
The M8 Gran Coupe is the sedan for rich driving enthusiasts who won't settle for anything with less than 600 horsepower and loads of luxury features.
Its eager powertrain and fun-to-drive nature makes the X1 the driver's choice, but its big cargo area means there's no compromise when it comes to practicality.
The X2 offers playful handling and good fuel economy, but it's essentially a cooler-looking version of the more practical BMW X1 crossover with a higher price tag.
The X3's sure-footed handling and authoritative powertrains show that BMW's renowned sports sedans aren't dead; they just became SUVs.
Depending on how you feel about scary-quick crossovers, the BMW X3 M is either excessive or extraordinary.
With its coupe-like design and sporty handling, the 2020 BMW X4 is a fun and fashionable choice among small luxury SUVs.
What's got four doors, a coupe-like roofline, a high seating position, and is quicker than an M3? The 2020 BMW X4 M.
With up to 617 horsepower and a six-figure price tag, the X5 M is one of the most powerful and expensive SUVs on the market.
Fast, capable, and luxurious but, not quite the inspiring sport sedan-on-stilts that the original X5 was.
The BMW X6 has the same brilliant powertrains and handling traits as the X5 SUV, but its flashier fastback design costs more but offers less practicality.
The X6 M is the very definition of unconventional, with its coupe-like appearance and 600-hp-and-up twin-turbo V-8 engine.
With serenely comfy seats and a marvelously quiet cabin, the 2020 BMW X7 exhibits the luxury expected at this price point but phones in the third row.
Quick and agile, the 2020 BMW Z4 is a fun, satisfying sports car that is so comfortable it can be enjoyed every day.
The 2019 BMW 2-series is quick, nimble, and engaging the way that some of our favorite Bimmers of yore were.
Not quite as sporty as it once was, the powerful and refined BMW 3-Series remains a fun-to-drive favorite.
BMW's only wagon for the states comes in the form of the competent, practical, and stylish 3-series Sports Wagon.
Whether cruising in the swanky convertible or raising hell in the racy coupe, the two-door BMW 4-Series exemplifies the luxury sports coupe.
The 2019 BMW 4-series Gran Coupe is a handsome four-door based on the 3-series sedan, with the added practicality of a hatchback and a folding rear seat.
While some of its rivals have worked hard to catch up to BMW's 5-Series in performance and handling, BMW has switched gears and taken a more luxury-oriented approach with its mid-size sedan.
With its sweeping roofline and muscular stance, the Gran Coupe disguises a pair of rear doors while retaining the sporty façade of the two-door on which it is based.
If you’re in the market for a luxury car but want something distinctive, BMW has you covered with the 6-series Gran Turismo.
As luxury limos go, the 2019 BMW 7-Series is a roomy and stylish option, but it doesn't provide the stirring driving dynamics of its predecessors—a trait that once defined BMW's largest sedan.
The storied 8-series is back, and BMW has packed it with as much muscle as it can in a beguiling, windswept package.
Few things this side of a supercar draw as many eyes in traffic as the BMW i3.
If you are lucky enough to see a BMW i8 rolling down the street, you'll immediately take notice.
The M2 Competition is a two-door thrill ride that reaffirms BMW's ability to build the ultimate driving machine, and it joins our 10Best Cars list for 2019.
Get behind the wheel of the M4 and prepare for explosive acceleration and razor-sharp handling.
The weapons-grade M5 is a powerful piece of German artillery from BMW's iconic M division.
We think the “M” in M6 stands for more; here, BMW’s four-door “coupe” comes in a performance version with a sport-tuned chassis and a 560-hp twin-turbo.
What makes the 10Best-winning BMW X1 so good? It's quick, nimble, spacious, well built, and undeniably upscale.
Boldly styled on the outside, the 2019 BMW X2 shares its underpinnings with the already-excellent—although more practical—X1.
For enthusiasts like us who have been disappointed in the most recent batch of BMWs, which have seemingly forsaken driving verve, we've got good news: The verve is back! Surprisingly, it's back not in the form of a BMW sedan but in the X3 crossover.
As a fastback version of the X3, the X4 is a four-door “coupe,” with a low roof and a tighter cabin—especially in the cargo area.
With confidence-inspiring handling, two perfect powertrains, and luxurious cabin, the 2019 X5 is a return to form for BMW's first Sports Activity Vehicle.
The 2019 BMW X6 combines a coupe's fastback roofline and a crossover's high-riding capability—with polarizing results.
The BMW X6 M is a style item: It has sleek lines, a plush interior, and a coveted badge on the hood.
BMW's long-anticipated X7 three-row SUV is finally here, and based on our drive, it was worth the wait.
The Z4 roadster will reappear after a four-year hiatus, and this time it will be better equipped to serve its sports-car mission.
Available as either a coupe or a convertible, the spunky 2018 BMW 2-series offers an athletic chassis, gutsy turbo engines, and plenty of charm.
BMW's iconic sport sedan offers stellar powertrains, great build quality and good interior space, though not the ride-and-handling brilliance of past models.
The 2018 BMW 4-series, with its strong engines and taut but compliant suspension, is a sporty luxury model that strikes a balance between relaxed and athletic.
The BMW 4-series Gran Coupe provides coupe styling in a posh and practical four-door featuring an upscale cabin and a choice of zippy engines.
The 2018 BMW 5-series impresses with its powerful engine lineup, luxurious interior, and broad array of the latest tech features.
The 6-series is BMW’s largest convertible offering, embodying the spirit of elegant, open-top grand touring in a most modern fashion.
The 2018 BMW 7-series is stylish, fast, roomy, and comes with an array of infotainment tech, but it delivers a surprisingly bland driving experience.
The 2018 BMW i3, with its compact size and EV propulsion, is well suited to zipping through city traffic, but don't expect a sporty BMW driving experience.
The 2018 BMW M2 is a real driver's car with a powerful engine, sport suspension, and excellent handling, although the interior is a bit lackluster.
The M3 is a legend in the world of performance cars, causing enthusiasts to gush over its visceral engines and razor-sharp handling.
Blending a tasteful yet aggressive design with extraordinary performance, the M6 is a sexy beast indeed.
The 2018 BMW X1 boasts a peppy engine, excellent roadholding ability, a well-appointed interior, and the most cargo room in its class.
A luxury crossover for the driving enthusiast, the 2018 BMW X3 delivers excellent handling and zippy performance from the choice of two strong engines.
The 2018 BMW X5 is a capable family hauler with a handsome, roomy, and comfortable cabin, but its ride and handling fail to meet expectations.
Stunning speed and carpool-duty comfort in one pricey package.
The 2018 BMW X6 spoils occupants with a posh cabin and a host of standard features, but its polarizing design and so-so handling might put off some buyers.
The well-equipped 2018 BMW X6 M delivers bundles of speed and excellent handling, although its ride might be too harsh for some buyers.
The BMW 2-series, with its gutsy engines, nimble handling, and stylish design, might be the quintessential entry-level luxury sports coupe.
The 3-series is a strong choice in the sports-sedan class, but its performance doesn't quite live up to earlier models with the same nameplate.
Although it doesn't drive like BMW sports sedans of the past, the 5-series is a comfortable luxury model with a pedigree.
The BMW 7-series delivers amenities, comfort, and powerful engines, but don't expect a sporty driving experience.
The i3 offers unique styling, peppy acceleration, and impressive interior quality, but its electric range lags behind some less expensive competitors.
The BMW i8 has the exotic looks, powertrain, and price of a supercar, but it's outperformed by more conventional rivals.
The M2's rorty engine and superb handling make it a brilliant driver's car, but its ride might be a bit harsh for a daily driver.
The X1 combines upscale features, a handsome interior, and plenty of cargo room with enough performance to satisfy driving enthusiasts.
The X5 M is a rare SUV that can outperform many sports cars on the track and serve double-duty as a family hauler.
The X6 M has the menacing looks, awesome power, and sports-car handling that are sure to please buyers who like a little heat with their SUVs.
The basic 128i is quick and relatively affordable.
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo inherits the incredible performance attributes of its sedan sibling and morphs them into a more practical station-wagon format.