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Comparison: BMW 320i vs. Buick Regal vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA250 vs. Volkswagen CC

MotorTrend puts together an interesting comparison between BMW’s entry-level into the U.S. market, 320i, and some other models that are not in the same segment. One is the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, a front-wheel drive four-door coupe. The other two...

MotorTrend puts together an interesting comparison between BMW’s entry-level into the U.S. market, 320i, and some other models that are not in the same segment. One is the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, a front-wheel drive four-door coupe. The other two are products not usually considered premium, VW CC and Buick Regal. Sporting a TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, the new 2014 BMW 320i Sedan went on sale last year and it is the most affordable BMW in the U.S. lineup. The 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine produces 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque from 1,250 rpm – 4,500 rpm. 0-60 mph acceleration for the 320i Sedan

Comparison: BMW 320i vs. Buick Regal vs. Mercedes Benz CLA250 vs. Volkswagen CC

is estimated to require only 7.1 seconds with either transmission choice. Top speed is an electronically-limited 130 mph. Fuel consumption is also astonishing: city/highway 24/36 mpg EPA.

Comparison: BMW 320i vs. Buick Regal vs. Mercedes Benz CLA250 vs. Volkswagen CC

Here is an excerpt from their review which puts the BMW 320i ahead of its competitors. That the CLA250 was the only one to show an external stress marker wasn’t totally surprising. Before leaving on the road trip, each car had been sent down a quiet but beat-up-in-sections road at 65 mph to judge ride quality. The CC and Regal were plush all around, able to float over dips and bumps, with the Buick heaving up and down a little more than the Volkswagen. Even though the 320i came fitted with the passive M sport suspension — unique springs, shock absorbers, and bushings, with 0.2/1mm thicker front/rear anti-roll bars — as part of the $1300 Sport Package, it rode confidently on its staggered 18-inch wheels. The BMW suspension delivers a reassuring ride that’s more adept than those of the Regal or CC at snuffing motions after the wheel impact, rather than letting the car oscillate on its own. The purest of BMW purists have harangued that the current F30 3 Series isn’t as laser-focused on handling and as rewarding a driver’s driver as the E30, E36, E46, and E90. We counter the F30 is still an admirable all-around vehicle. …. First and second place were clear. First goes to the 320i, with its easygoing, composed chassis. It’s the most eager to go driving in by a long shot. Knocks against it: It’s weaker on wind-noise abatement and doesn’t come with as many features, although there are plenty of a la carte options to inflate the final price. Second sits the Regal, exceptionally outfitted with goodies including a heated steering wheel and AC power receptacle and boasting ride comfort for all ages. There’s no embarrassment in (inadvertently) taking it through a canyon. 4th Place: Mercedes-Benz CLA250 It’ll be a star when rough-riding luxury cars become all the rage. 3rd Place: Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line Beauty craving more substance. 2nd Place: Buick Regal T Nearly bucked the “3 Series always win” trend. 1st Place: BMW 320i Prepared for any road, anywhere, any time. The article Comparison: BMW 320i vs. Buick Regal vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA250 vs. Volkswagen CC appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Entry Level Luxury Sedan Motortrend Review: BMW 320i vs CLA250, CC, Regal

Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review. The initial idea suggested to yours trul...

Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review. The initial idea suggested to yours truly was to line up the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 against the Volkswagen CC R-Line, but the proposal was compelling for all of two minutes. Apart from vaguely sharing body shapes and having turbocharged engines with similar outputs, the bigger, $35K, entry-level luxury question asked was, “Would anybody care?” Because we wouldn’t have access to an MQB-underpinned Audi A3 until a month after our prospective itinerary, we turned to the other natural Germanic competitor. The MPV-like, front-drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is tentatively due in 2015, so a suitably priced 320i was chosen. The least expensive BMW sedan you can lease right this instant also, shockingly, starts at $4550 less than a no-frills 328i. Even though the 320i came fitted with the passive M sport suspension — unique springs, shock absorbers, and bushings, with 0.2/1mm thicker front/rear anti-roll bars — as part of the $1300 Sport Package, it rode confidently on its staggered 18-inch wheels. The BMW suspension delivers a reassuring ride that’s more adept than those of the Regal or CC at snuffing motions after the wheel impact, rather than letting the car oscillate on its own. The purest of BMW purists have harangued that the current F30 3 Series isn’t as laser-focused on handling and as rewarding a driver’s driver as the E30, E36, E46, and E90. We counter the F30 is still an admirable all-around vehicle. The CLA250 is way different. On an unblemished road, all is right. Take it out of its element—such as out on the wild remnants of Route 66 — and the cabin sounds like all hell has broken loose. The front end is too tight, sending loud, sharp thwacks through the air where the other three broadcast softer thumps. The body control is good, even if you feel a lot of the road. We started holding our breath any time the surface took a turn for the worse, scowling until the cracks and divots disappeared. The little Merc had optional, $500 18-inch wheels. We’d like to believe the standard 17s with slightly taller-profile tires would offer enough cushioning to alter the ride, but the harshness seems more serious than a set of tires could fix. First and second place were clear. First goes to the 320i, with its easygoing, composed chassis. It’s the most eager to go driving in by a long shot. Knocks against it: It’s weaker on wind-noise abatement and doesn’t come with as many features, although there are plenty of a la carte options to inflate the final price. Second sits the Regal, exceptionally outfitted with goodies including a heated steering wheel and AC power receptacle and boasting ride comfort for all ages. There’s no embarrassment in (inadvertently) taking it through a canyon. The votes tied the CC and CLA250, circling us back to the standoff that initiated the whole adventure. Needing to break the stalemate for third place, we flipped through the yeas and nays for the two. The CC: simple and elegantly executed, if a bit bland, and it’s definitely showing its age. The CLA250: The fuel economy (both the EPA estimate and Real MPG) is impressive, and it looks neat, but nobody mentioned the driving experience as a positive. 4th Place: Mercedes-Benz CLA250 It’ll be a star when rough-riding luxury cars become all the rage. 3rd Place: Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line Beauty craving more substance. 2nd Place: Buick Regal T Nearly bucked the “3 Series always win” trend. 1st Place: BMW 320i Prepared for any road, anywhere, any time.

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2015 BMW M3 spotted in California

Sporting little camouflage (for some odd reason), the new 2015 BMW M3 was spotted by a reader of ours, Samuel, in North Hollywood, California. Fully unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the new F80 M3 goes on sale this summer, along with the first...

Sporting little camouflage (for some odd reason), the new 2015 BMW M3 was spotted by a reader of ours, Samuel, in North Hollywood, California. Fully unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the new F80 M3 goes on sale this summer, along with the first M4 Coupe. The footage shows a Sapphire Black M3 prototype most likely going through its final testing stages before the market launch. The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe can be ordered in Alpine White, Sakhir Orange, Black Sapphire, Silverstone, Mineral White, Mineral Grey, Austin Yellow and Yas Marina. The launch colors are Austin Yellow for M4 and Yas Marina Blue for the M3 Sedan.

2015 BMW M3 spotted in California

F80 M3 is shaping up to be one of the best looking and balanced-designs in the current BMW lineup. While the previous E90 M3 sold in less quantities than the E92 M3 Coupe, this time around, the odds might be in sedan’s favor. The F80 M3 stands out with its rear-end and the purposeful rear wheel arches. Since it starts on a smaller track (the F30), the F80 M3 has a width of 1877 mm versus 1870 mm for the M4, and furthermore, the rear-end features a wider bodykit to bring it to the same dimensions as the M4. The new engine in the M3 and M4 (S55 3.0 liter turbo) sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 430 hp, while peak torque has been increased by well over 30 per cent to substantially more than 500 Newton meters, and is maintained over a very wide rev band. The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel consumption, with an improvement of more than 25 per cent over the previous model’s figures, while emissions are already EU6-compliant. [Source: LosAngelesMCars] The article 2015 BMW M3 spotted in California appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 Coupe testing at Nurburgring – Video

In just two weeks the final specs of the upcoming BMW M4 and M3 sedan will be made available to the public. The BMW M4, in concept form, made its debut last month at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance and it has been positively receive...

BMW M4 Coupe testing at Nurburgring   Video

In just two weeks the final specs of the upcoming BMW M4 and M3 sedan will be made available to the public. The BMW M4, in concept form, made its debut last month at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance and it has been positively received by the media. The market launch will take place in summer of 2014 and in the mean time several prototypes are still being tested and retested on BMW’s home track, the Nurburgring. The power output is still within a fairly known range: 420 hp to 450 hp. Based on those numbers and a lower weight when compared to the current E92 M3, we’re expecting a Nurburgring lap time below 8 minutes. While the M4 Coupe looks like amean race track machine, its brother, the M3 Sedan, will impress even more. Built on a smaller platform, F30 versus F32 for the 4 Series Coupe, the F80 M3 has larger flared front and rear fenders. In the back, through subtle design cues, the new M3 reminds of the rear-end of the BMW 1M.

BMW M4 Coupe testing at Nurburgring   Video

The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission 7-speed transmission. The U.S. enthusiasts will most likely see a manual transmission option as well.

BMW M4 Coupe testing at Nurburgring   Video

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BMW 4 Series Arrives in Canada. First F32 vs F30 and Glacier Silver F32 M Sport Pics

The BMW 4 Series has landed in Canada and we get our first look at the F32 4 Series versus F30 3 Series M Sport, as well as a Glacier Silver M Sport. ...

The BMW 4 Series has landed in Canada and we get our first look at the F32 4 Series versus F30 3 Series M Sport, as well as a Glacier Silver M Sport.

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Lexus IS300h vs BMW 320d – Comparison

UK outlet CAR Magazine compares the Lexus IS300h against the BMW 320d. A hybrid versus a super efficient diesel,  a difficult task to determine which one is a better buy. The new F30 BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that deliv...

Lexus IS300h vs BMW 320d   Comparison

UK outlet CAR Magazine compares the Lexus IS300h against the BMW 320d. A hybrid versus a super efficient diesel,  a difficult task to determine which one is a better buy. The new F30 BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus IS300h delivers 178 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque from the conventional 2.5 liter engine, and additional 141 hp from the electric motor. So who takes the win in this unique comparison? Let’s have a look.

Lexus IS300h vs BMW 320d   Comparison

Moving on swiftly then to the IS that’s worth reading about, we come to the IS300h. For a surprisingly modest £3k premium over the £26,495 IS250, you get a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle naturally-aspirated four, pushing out 178bhp and 163lb ft of the turny stuff, plus a 141bhp electric motor. The combined power figure is a slightly less impressive 220bhp, but that still trumps the 181bhp of the 320d. Trouble is, the 300h’s chunky 1680kg girth – a huge 175kg paunchier than the BMW – and tardy step-off means it never feels as instantly rapid as the German. Zero to 62mph takes 8.3sec in the IS, but only 7.4sec in the BMW, a pretty spectacular feat given that diesels are much better suited to flexibility measures than outright sprinting. Snap the throttle open and the 320d’s 280lb ft of torque means it’s always the BMW that’s quicker to respond. Work the IS’s engine a little harder though and it’s actually pretty lively, easily capable of keeping pace with the BMW, which runs out of steam at higher revs. But accessing that top-end performance means a headache of high revs courtesy of the CVT transmission. Keeping the engine spinning continuously at the optimum revs may be good for power and efficiency, but it makes for a strangely disconnected driving experience, at least in something purporting to be a sporting car. Even the IS’s assistant chief engineer admits he doesn’t like it, and claims to be working on a conventional automatic gearbox alternative. For now though, a CVT is not only the most efficient transmission at present, but the only one compact enough to work between the IS’s petrol engine and electric motor. Full review

Lexus IS300h vs BMW 320d   Comparison

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BMW F30/F31 Club of Taiwan Meet Sees Record Turnout

The BMW F30/F31 Club of Taiwan met in force recently in the city of Taichung. They’ve shared their event photos with us. And yes, they like white cars in Taiwan ...

The BMW F30/F31 Club of Taiwan met in force recently in the city of Taichung. They’ve shared their event photos with us. And yes, they like white cars in Taiwan

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Chris Harris Tests the Alpina B3 F30 on Road and Track. Yes, With Drifting

Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside. ...

Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside.

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10 Most Improved Car Redesigns: F30 BMW 3 Series amongst them

Consumer Reports publishes their Top 10 Most Improved Car Redesigns. BMW’s design has been known for winning different design competitions and awards, so it comes as no surprise that the F30 BMW 3 Series Sedan is listed here. According to the ...

10 Most Improved Car Redesigns: F30 BMW 3 Series amongst them

Consumer Reports publishes their Top 10 Most Improved Car Redesigns. BMW’s design has been known for winning different design competitions and awards, so it comes as no surprise that the F30 BMW 3 Series Sedan is listed here. According to the respectable magazine, the most successful recent redesign is the Chevrolet Impala, a sedan that gained 32 points compared to its predecessor. From the premium segment, the Audi A6 gets a nod also. Here is what they say about the BMW 328i:

10 Most Improved Car Redesigns: F30 BMW 3 Series amongst them

BMW 328i (77 to 86) The BMW 3 Series has always been the quintessential sport sedan with agile, sporty handling and a smooth, quick, and refined powertrain. The redesign helped improve fuel economy to 28 mpg overall, and the rear seats picked up some breathing room SEE: Photo Comparison F30 3 Series vs E90 3 Series Launched with three new lines: the Sport, Modern, and Luxury line, BMW has created a 3 Series for all. he Luxury line is particularly well suited to the daily driver who values comfort over sport. While previous 3 series renditions delivered far more sport than luxury, the creation of a luxury line solves this problem for those in the market interested in buying a less sporty 3 Series.

10 Most Improved Car Redesigns: F30 BMW 3 Series amongst them

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BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

A new BMW Individual Color shows up at the BMW Muenchen dealership. The F31 BMW 3 Series Touring features the Individual Kingfisher Blue color. The very light blue color is one of those paints that the owner has to pay around 5,000 euros to join an ...

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

A new BMW Individual Color shows up at the BMW Muenchen dealership. The F31 BMW 3 Series Touring features the Individual Kingfisher Blue color. The very light blue color is one of those paints that the owner has to pay around 5,000 euros to join an exclusive club. The light blue paint sits somewhere a blue and a turquoise shade and it will definitely make your car stand out. The 320d Touring model also comes with the M Sport Package which inside carries accents in the Estoril Blue. The seats are dressed up in Alcantara fabric.

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

The new F30 BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 181 horsepower. Here is a photo gallery.

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

[Source: Bimmertoday]

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

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