The status of the BMW brand today speaks much of its success over the last century, and despite their premium price, opting for a BMW has never been a wiser decision. This automotive giant is currently not only present but highly competitive in virtually every segment of the industry, from subcompact SUVs to luxury sedans to thrilling sports cars. Numerous BMWs currently sit at the very top of their segment, while even the least successful models still offer more than a fair purchase option.
Today, we'll be focusing on currently produced BMW models that manage to exceed expectations and rise above the competition in terms of their features, quality, and performance. As BMW continues to cement itself among the most desirable automotive manufacturers, singling out their 10 greatest new models will truly mean searching for the best of the best. Enjoy!
10 2019 BMW 8-Series
When the original 8 series was discontinued in 1999, the automotive community feared it would never see this legend again. However, in 2018 BMW decided to bring out the new and improved 8-series conceptualized as a high-end luxury sports coupe to compete with the likes of the Mercedes' flagship S Coupe ...and outperform them.
Indeed, the company delivered on its promise, as the 8 series is currently one of the best luxury sports car available at a $110,000 price point. For this price, the balance it hits between luxury, safety, comfort, and performance is uncanny. And considering it also comes with a 523-horsepower 4.4L V8 capable of a 3.8-second 0-60 dash settled in a premium quality BMW chassis, it's quite a bargain as well.
9 BMW X1
If you're looking for an enjoyable subcompact SUV, nothing currently beats the new X1. At about $34,000 of starting price, you might find a better deal in a Toyota or a Nissan, but nothing will come close to the upscale experience and ride quality the X1 boasts.
It also has all other areas covered, such as a large cargo capacity, powerful engine, and a myriad of standard safety features. As for overall reliability and maintenance, well ...we've featured it among the top picks for the most reliable SUVs currently on the market.
8 2019 BMW 6-Series
A highly comfortable, upscale, functional, large luxury car with incredibly flexible engine options - that's how one would describe the new 6 series. Sure, the standard 315-horsepower option doesn't give a good argument against, say the A7, but if you're aiming for something more like the 600-horsepower Alpina b6, there's really nothing Audi (or anyone else) can offer that will persuade you otherwise.
Apart from that, the new 6-series also boasts the Gran Turismo option, which is a champion of cargo space, featuring 31 square feet behind the seats and 65 square feet after folding them - more than some full-size SUVs.
7 2019 BMW 5-Series
The new BMW 5 series is not only good, it's arguably the best midsize luxury sedan currently on the market. The premium starting price of about $53,000 in this case means eliminating virtually every flaw its competitors have, which in our opinion more than justified the increased price tag. In this regard, the BMW 5 covers everything from a huge rear boot to an upscale interior to almost every standard safety feature, and of course, flexible engine options.
In fact, while the base model's 248-horsepower engine still offers a quick and agile ride, opt for the M5 and see that number rise to a ridiculous 617 while retaining the same level of quality and reliability (at twice the price, of course).
6 2019 BMW 2-Series
The 2 series is envisioned as a small and sporty coupe with an equal emphasis on agility and luxury. In that segment, it performs brilliantly, and even manages to retain a spacious trunk, quality materials, and comfortable seats (all four of them, mind you, although we wouldn't recommend any adults to try to cram themselves in the rear seats).
Characteristic to a BMW, the price is really the only issue, starting at $35,000, and with options it can easily climb up to almost 60 grand. But, considering the engines don't go under 248 horsepower even for the base version, it's not such a bad deal.
5 2019 BMW Z4
The Z4 is THE convertible of the BMW lineup, and has been experiencing improvements for the past decade. As a sports convertible, it still isn't quite up there with the new Boxter when it comes to performance for the price, and it doesn't offer much reason to pay a premium over the less expensive 2-Series we mentioned earlier (which also offers a convertible trim with more horsepower optional).
The Z4 retails at just about $50,000.That said, it's still a beautiful convertible that retains the build quality of its siblings, a comfortable and luxurious interior and an exciting 255-horsepower engine. So, while it's not the star of the BMW lineup, it's more than a decent sports car.
4 2019 BMW X5
The X5 has always been right up there with the best midsize luxury SUVs on the market. It's quick, agile, functional, and packs a nice 34 cubic feet of cargo space (72 with seats down). For this year, all X5 models have all-wheel drive (BMW's x-drive technology) and are comparably more powerful and off-road competent than their previous iterations.
The base engine is a 335-horsepower six cylinder, but with options, the engine climbs up to the line-topping 456-horsepower turbocharged V8. In fact, the X5's handling and overall performance are its strong suits, as it lacks that final touch of opulence and luxury to make it stand out from the competition, despite starting at $60,000.
3 2019 BMW X3
The X3 is essentially a downsized version of its big brother X5; in the eyes of the competition, it boasts its strengths and shares its weaknesses. The agility and performance that distinguish the X5 from its rivals are even more pronounced in the X3, which manages to perform outstandingly using a base 248-horsepower engine.
However, optioned out with a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6, this SUV will do 60 mph in under 5 seconds. It does all this will still providing BMW's trademark luxury and comfort, with a boot space that's not much smaller than the X5's, starting at $41,000.
2 2019 BMW 4-Series
The 4-series offers a great middle ground between BMW's 3 and 5-series models. It is essentially a bigger version of the exciting 2-series, boasting the same luxury coupe design bolstered by a thrilling engine.
And while it's a bit more spacious than its smaller counterpart, the rear seats are still not quite adult-friendly. Nevertheless, buyers will be surprised by how much cargo area this coupe packs. The important thing is that the 4-series doesn't disappoint when it comes to the features or the drive (especially in the 444-horsepower M4 Competitione). Nevertheless, some potential buyers will inevitably be deterred by the $44,000 starting sticker price, opting rather for another attractive alternative such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
1 2020 BMW 7-Series
The flagship luxury sedan from BMW is everything you'd expect it to be: opulent, powerful, comfortable, with many over-the-top features like the 12.3-inch displays, ambient lighting, and even air fragrance. Though it has nothing to be ashamed of, the main thorns in the 7-series' eye are really the equally luxurious Mercedes S-Class and the Porsche Panamera, with the newest Audi A8 falling quite behind due to its underpowered engine options and space issues.
So you know that the 7-series has virtually everything you'd want inside the cabin, but what about under the hood? It's no slouch, that's for sure. The base $86,000 trim will already give you a decent 335-horsepower engine, but opt for the monstrous Alpina B7 trim and see that number climb to 600, allowing for a 3.5-second 60-mph dash ...or faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago.