The i3 is one of the world’s bestselling electric cars for good reason; it combines traditional BMW quality, performance and features into a highly economical and practical 4-seat hatchback design.…

2016 BMW i3 REx Suite Road Test Review

Initially I had big plans for my BMW i3 REx tester. My partner Karen and I had a trip planned from our home in Richmond, BC to Whistler, with a hopeful stopover for breakfast and some meandering in Squamish in order to recharge battery and bodies. I knew it would require planning, but had no idea the very premise of my trip was flawed from the onset.

After all, I've seen every manner of electric car from humble Nissan Leafs to premium Teslas in Whistler, which is about an hour and a half from downtown Vancouver (approximately two hours from Richmond), and plenty more along the way. Tesla has a set of proprietary supercharging stations in Squamish and there's a less powerful Level II public variant on site as well, plus many more up in Whistler, so what could possibly be the problem?

My plan was to drive on full-electric power until the i3's battery ran out of juice, at which point the gasoline-powered range extender would take over and get us to Squamish where we'd recharge. Read Full Story
Entirely new for 2016, BMW’s X1 loses its optional straight six and goes it alone with a new less powerful 228-hp turbo four with 258 lb-ft of torque. A standard 8-speed auto powering all four wheels…

2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Road Test Review

The new X1 is a heretic, at least in a dehumanized mechanical sense of the word. Alternatively we could call it an apostate, iconoclast or dissenter, although BMW would probably rather have us use the terms nonconformist or freethinker.

Why such a dramatic opening? Other than my obvious ploy to get your attention the latest X1 breaks from what was previously considered sacrosanct rear-wheel drive tradition and instead is based on a front-wheel drive architecture shared with the Mini Countryman. Will the majority of X1 buyers care? Not one iota, and neither should you. What should matter more is its category-best performance that'll shoot you from zero to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds, segment-best headroom from front to back, and best-in-class cargo volume.

More so it's hardly a forerunner into front-wheel drive BMW territory, being that the 2 Series Active Tourer has been available in other markets for two years already plus the new 2 Series Gran Tourer expands on the Read Full Story
BMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupe may have been late to the 4-door party, but it was worth the wait. Based on the midsize 5 Series, even this base 640i version is a step above in style and luxury. Complete…

2016 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe Road Test Review

Winter is undoubtedly my least favourite season. I live on the east coast and therefore get four true seasons each year. Note to Mother Nature: You can have winter back. This year's treacherous winter was epitomized by "Snowmageddon", a Nor'easter fired storm that dropped 36 inches of snow in my immediate area, and paralyzed the eastern seaboard from the Carolinas to Labrador.

Obviously overwhelmed, it took local authorities three days to even start clearing the roads in my small community, as major roads were the priority. Luckily, after my trusty snow blower cleared the driveway, my 2016 BMW 640i Gran Coupe tester was at the ready. I know, I know, BMW's are not normally known for snow and ice prowess, but this Bimmer was outfitted with xDrive, BMW's hi-tech all-wheel drive system.

I've never owned a BMW with xDrive, but I have owned several Audi quattros and currently own a Mercedes-Benz S-Class with 4MATIC AWD, so I have a good deal of experience with what works and Read Full Story
If you want to buy a compact luxury wagon these days you’ve only got two alternatives, one of which is BMW’s 3 Series Touring. Today on CarCostCanada we review the base BMW 328i xDrive Touring with…

2016 BMW 328i xDrive Touring Road Test Review

BMW's 3 Series Touring is a bit of an anomaly. It's a compact D-segment premium station wagon, a rare breed of four-wheel beast these days. Audi offers something similar in its A4 Allroad, but they've given it a crossover twist so it doesn't really compete directly, whereas Mercedes currently only offers a wagon under its mid-size E Class designation. Word has it a new C-Class Wagon will be heading across the Atlantic soon, although for reasons unknown our U.S. friends won't be partaking. Volvo has long stayed true to its faithful North American wagon devotees by offering more five-door variants than any luxury rival, however, the V60 going up against BMW's otherwise lone entry, unlike the Audi A4 Avant and similarly revered Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, less loved Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon and now nearly classic Lexus IS SportCross models that are all long gone.

Now our North American markets are mostly about crossover SUVs, which are little more than raised wagons that inherently Read Full Story
It still uses a 3.0L twin-scroll turbo six, but output is up 20-hp and 32 lb-ft for way more fun behind the wheel, while handling feel and response is better too! BMW has livened up its legendary 3 Series…

2016 BMW 340i xDrive Sedan Road Test Review

I've always liked the BMW 3 Series, a lot. Most driving enthusiasts do. I've even owned a couple, putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak. Therefore let me be the first to tell you that the new 2016 340i is easily the best non-M3 3 Series ever created. In fact, it'd be a toss-up as to whether I'd purchase this 340 or an M3. Don't get me wrong. The M3 is brilliant in almost every measure, but the 340i may very well be the perfect sport sedan, delivering ample power and exemplary handling capability in a more refined, sophisticated way.

It's certainly more understated from a styling perspective, albeit busier than a regular 3 Series. Its front lower fascia looks more aggressive thanks to the M Aerodynamics package that comes standard in 340i guise. Even the stunning machine-finished 19-inch twinned five-spoke alloys with grey-painted pockets are standard, although the M Sport brakes with blue-painted calipers poking out from within are upgraded via the optional M Performance Read Full Story