Category Archive: BMW

Mar 14

Road Test – 2017 BMW 340i Gran Turismo

2017 BMW 340i Gran Turismo, Iain Shankland,
Back in 2010 we drove the 550i Gran Turismo and came away thoroughly impressed by every aspect of the car – especially its size compared the regular 5-series sedan – it felt more like a 7-series than a 5. This week we’re driving the new 2017 340i Gran Turismo and just like the 550i – it’s way bigger than the series size that it represents, so think of it more as a sportier 5-series than a 3-series. It’s interesting to note that the majority of BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers are new to the brand – so BMW are obviously doing something right and striking a chord with the buying public. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 29

Road Test – 2016 BMW X6 35i

BMW X6 35i,, Iain Shankland

When the BMW X6 first came out it was crucified by the majority of auto journalists’ as an abomination, whereas I absolutely loved it. Fast forward several years and now there’s several CUV/SUV’s that look an awful lot like the X6 (a very similar thing happened with the BMW GT as well)… take a bow BMW – setting the trend that gets copied several years later by other manufactures. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 02

Road Test: 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé

2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé, Road-Test.orgFirst came the the BMW 4 Series Coupé and Convertible, and then the Gran Coupé – for those that wanted more than two doors and didn’t want a 3-series sedan (!?)… or GT.

Hmm that doesn’t make sense, but here we are.

According to BMW the “4 Series Gran Coupé combines the sleek look of a two-door coupé with the functionality provided by four-doors and expansive spaciousness, including a wide-access luggage compartment.” To you and I that means – it’s a 4-door hatchback. I know I’m getting old, but it don’t look like a 2-door coupe to me – it looks like a 4-door sedan with a bonus huge rear hatch that looks like a trunk not a hatch.

This raises some serious questions – most notably – WHY does this vehicle exist? Time for me to investigate. So off to Germany we went – to the home of high-speed autobahns… Time to see just what this thing is all about… Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 22

Road Test: 2013 BMW 528i Touring

2012 09 25 198 wText / Images: Iain Shankland

My favourite BMW has always been the 5 Series – for some reason the designers get it PERFECT every time it’s re-designed. I also think it’s the perfect size of car with the 3-series being a little snug and the 7-series being just a little bit too big – especially when driving around the smaller towns and cities in Europe.

On our last trip to Germany there were three adults, so the 3 Series would never cut it size-wise and with two of us being women… you know the car had to be more than a little accommodating for luggage. I hadn’t driven the newly re-designed in 2011 BMW 5 Series, so this was the perfect opportunity to grab one for our two-week working vacation. Obviously the sedan wasn’t big enough, so I booked a wagon – or Touring.

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Mar 14

2014 BMW 3-Series To Get Diesel In The U.S. – No Word If Canada Will Also Get It

2013 BMW 3 Series

Automobile magazine is reporting that BMW will be introducing a new 328d wagon this year, and claims it will even come with xDrive all-wheel drive in addition to the 328d sedan.

The new 3 Series diesel models are expected to enter production in July, which means we’ll get them as a 2014 model year.

So what kind of numbers is this new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine got to offer us?  It’s expected to deliver 180 hp and 280 lb/ft of torque.

Reportedly diesel fans in the U.S. can get even more grunt with the optional brand-new 3.0 litre turbo-diesel six-cylinder  engine in either the  5 Series or the redesigned X5 SUV that will deliver around 255 hp and 413 lb/ft  of torque.