BMW has been honoured at the recent Carbuyer awards with the BMW i3 and BMW 3 Series picking up top prizes in their respective categories.
The BMW i3 was voted “Best hybrid or electric car” whilst the BMW 3 Series picked up the “Best diesel” award.
Winners in each category are chosen based on their star rating out of five by members of the dedicated road testing team, who have marked them on running costs, comfort, practicality, reliability and safety as well as performance, engines, price, value for money and optional extras.
The i3 - BMW’s all-electric supermini was designed to be the ultimate city car, at home anywhere from the countryside to the middle of town.
Under the bonnet, a hybrid-synchronous electric motor produces a power output equivalent to 168bhp with a massive 250 Nm of torque; the i3 will get you from 0-60mph in only 7.2 seconds –quicker than any of its rivals.
On full charge, the i3 will travel up to 100 miles – economy which has been boosted due to BMW’s carbon fibre reinforced plastic cell and aluminium chassis keeping the weight down.
Cutting edge design and functionality continues when you enter the spacious cabin: the i3 features two TFT screens, one in front of the driver and the other appearing to hover just above the centre of the dashboard.
The BMW 3 Series has been a leading figure in the premium saloon market for a number of years now; it’s easy to see why the 3 Series is so popular with both business and personal customers.
The 3 Series commands the road with an athletic profile and generous proportions mean that the cabin in spacious and comfortable – even when full of passengers.
This 318d will get you from 0-60mph in just 9 seconds and carry on all the way to 132mph but with an average economy of 65.7mpg it won’t cost you a fortune to keep on the road.