The BMW 3 Series GT is based on the most appreciated compact sport sedan in the world, the 3 Series. This car is wider and longer to provide additional room and oodles of comfort for the rear occupants. Featuring a 2 litre diesel engine perfect for 184 bhp, the car combines efficiency with performance. The rimless doors, leather seats and sunroof provide the perfect style quotient while the car’s compact dimensions make it a breeze to drive in the city; however, maintaining 3 digit speeds on the highway is what this car yearns for!
In India, BMW generously offers 3 diesel engine options, of which the 530d with the MSport package is our pick. Featuring front and rear bumpers borrowed from the BMW’s motorsport division, large yet light 18 inch alloy wheels and discrete M badges behind the wheel arches, this car is all about giving a driving experience akin to a sports car. The sporty theme continues inside too with seats covered with leather and a rear seat entertainment package with large screens for a great cabin experience. All in all, this is one hot barge featuring the all-potent 3 litre V6 diesel engine with 258 horse power and a 0-100 time of less than 7 seconds. Vroom!
This is the largest SUV offered by the brand with seating for 7. With its 5 meter length and almost 2 meter width, ‘presence’ is guaranteed. Powered by the same 3 litre V6 diesel engine as the 530d, its power delivery has been re-tuned to work for an off-roader. There is no dearth of equipment here as it features four-zone climate control with two AC vents on both ends of the dashboard; a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a panoramic sunroof, access to Facebook and Twitter apart from BMW Apps and a Harmon Kardon sound system that converts the cabin into a concert hall. The best feature however is its ability to transverse most terrains although BMW calls it a Sport Activity Vehicle rather than a full fledged Sport Utility Vehicle.
The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship offering and being true to its stature, the brand has concentrated on providing every conceivable feature. Be it the electric seats (which were first introduced in 1977) or the rear seat massage function, the 7 Series has always dictated the high standards of luxury not only for the brand, but also for the automobile world. Its classic sedan styling features a wide body, long bonnet, short boot and a high shoulder line. On the inside, it pampers like no other with acres of double-stitched soft leather on the seats and the door pads. The doors themselves use magnets instead of hinges so they hold the position you place them at. The seats are fully electronic so finding the right place is easy and the car will remember your preference to save you the bother. The rear also welcomes occupants with superior seats, an adjustable seatback and a rear seat entertainment package. You also have access to air conditioning specifically for your area of the car. All this is simply magnified with an absolute quiet in the cabin as the street noise is kept at bay. Driving this car is the ultimate experience since its air-leveling suspension takes care of all road undulations while the engine provides enough pull to keep you way ahead of the traffic.
Written By : Rishabh Agarwal