BMW, the Munich based company are known worldwide by motoring enthusiasts for their industry leading technical innovations, making them one of the most popular choice for those looking to purchase a quality used vehicle.
Billed as the 'Ultimate Driving Machine' BMW's focus seems to have shifted slightly in recent years. While still being impressive to drive, the company's direction is increasingly diverted to high power, high efficiency engines. This has accelerated sales of volume models such as the 320d, a diesel-engined 3 Series that can return over 68mpg yet still sprint to 60mph in less than eight seconds. As a result, there's no shortage of used stock of tidy 1, 3 and 5 Series diesels, although prices for some of the older V8 petrol-engined 5 Series models have collapsed. The once slow-selling 1 Series is now a firm recommendation.
Likewise the revered M badge, attached to only the sportiest used BMW models, is no longer the guarantor of strong residual values, with running costs of cars like the M5 V8 or the M6 V10 depressing valuations. Even the M3 V8 is no longer the cast-iron seller it once was. The later cars, such as the 1M Coupe are, on the other hand, attracting rabid market interest. BMW has produced a string of successes, but has also a few less popular models on its hands, the 5 Series GT and the X1 not drawing quite such a following.
Reliability across the board is very good, although it's worth bearing in mind that only in the last three years or so has the run-flat tyre technology that BMW so wholeheartedly embraced caught up with the sort of ride quality that BMW owners have traditionally expected. Be careful of hard-driven M cars and track day specials and also steer clear of X models that have clearly had a tough life.
What awards have BMW won?
The German manufacturers continue to exceed the industry standards and as a result every year, BMW continue to win more and more prestigious awards. Earlier in 2017, the 5 series won car of the year from What Car? thanks to its impressive features and the ability to reach 0-62 in 7.5 seconds and having a top speed of 146mph.
At the 2017 Fleet World honours, BMW won three awards which were “Fleet Manufacturer of the Year”, “Best Premium Crossover” and “Best Luxury Car”.
At the Honest John awards, BMW were awarded with the title of “Most Popular Compact Premium Car” and “Most Popular MPV”.
What are the most popular used BMW models?