BMWs can be affordable or considered luxury cars. BMW is always pushing innovation to deliver vehicles that are unparalleled in design and performance. They have one of the most extensive lineups of luxury vehicles, and there are also affordable models as well. The experience of driving a BMW is remarkably satisfying, and their designs mirror their performance.
In scope, BMW's vehicles have added layers of complexity to their designs by adding more curvature and more creative features. Although they've added new features to new BMW models, several important older BMW models hit the mark on design and are far more mouth-watering. Because of BMW models' designs, they may have garnered huge sales. There are also cases of BMW vehicles that had a design that was ahead of its time but is now appreciated.
An example of splendid innovation is the BMW i8. It utilizes laser light headlights that are small and almost four times as bright as LED headlights. As a vehicle that uses both gasoline and electricity, it's pushing environmental friendliness and luxury at the same time. The features of cars such as the BMW i8 very much inspire their design.
Automobile design is an art, and therefore, it's subject to opinion. The BMW automobiles featured on this list are ranked from ugliest to mouth-watering and may be new or old vehicles. They can be concept cars, minimally produced vehicles, or mass-scale production models.
20 1995 BMW Z18 Concept
Is it a pickup truck or a convertible car? The 1995 BMW Z18 concept vehicle is an off-road roadster that fails to define itself. It could provide enjoyment for a weekend of off roading, but as a practical vehicle, it's bested by other BMW models. The design is oddly shaped, and this is the possible reason for why it never reached mass production. Unique car collectors would find this unordinary vehicle highly desirable, but most consumers wouldn't even consider purchasing this unattractive car.
If the car had been slightly larger, not a convertible, and had wheel space that wasn't overly consuming for its size, among other factors, it may have stood a fighting chance in the market. At least BMW attempted to try something new, but in this case, it didn't pay off. With most BMWs, we think intrepid design, but with the BMW Z18, we're repulsed. Its unattractiveness is why the 1995 BMW Z18 concept was best left a concept and is BMW's ugliest car.
19 BMW H2R
Concept cars are an effective way to showcase technological advances and new styling on vehicles that may or may not be mass-produced. It's a good thing this vehicle never made it to mass-production because of its irregular and displeasing design. Using a V12 engine that utilizes hydrogen fuel, it displays technology that could one day be commonplace. BMW has expressed interest in switching their vehicles from using fossil fuels to clean energy liquid-hydrogen.
Perhaps, in the future, BMW should focus on creating more relatable designs that boast their technology, instead of revealing vehicles that distract from their purpose. The BMW H2R has a shape that's difficult to understand, and for this reason, it's one of BMW's ugliest cars to date.
18 1958 BMW Isetta 600
The BMW Isetta 600 has a lacking design that's as ugly as it is impractical. It can easily tip over, has a low 19.5 horsepower, and utilizes a rear-engine design with a door in the front. Being able to exit your door from the front would be awesome, but it's exceedingly unsafe and highly illegal today. It was produced by BMW from 1957-1959 and was designed by Willy Black. The BMW 600 has a 2-cylinder engine and a 4-speed transmission. The sales of this vehicle were low, but it did lay the foundation for its successor's, the BMW 700's, design. Because of its numerous safety issues and functional flaws, it's considered not only one of the ugliest BMWs but also one of the funkiest cars ever made.
17 2015 BMW E9 3.0 CSL HOMMAGE
When comparing this BMW side-to-side with other models, you'll notice that it stands out like a sore thumb. Because this vehicle was released shortly after the BMW i8, it fails to impress us with its new, creative design. It has a chic semi-retro vibe that some may enjoy, but it hurts that this car took almost everything we like about BMW designs out of the equation.
The majority of people love an attractive BMW's appearance, and this isn't one of those cases. It costs more than a million dollars but is fitting for street racing. The estimated price of this vehicle is approximately $1.4 million. The front has a grill and lights that provide a classic feel, but the rest is sporty, which is perplexing. Because of its lack of definition, this vehicle is deemed "an ugly BMW."
16 BMW i3
It's not difficult to guess why this vehicle is one of BMW's ugliest cars. Due to this car being box-shaped and bulging in all the wrong places, it would seem as if little effort was made to make it visually appealing. It can be regarded as the ugly distant cousin in BMW's family because of its few similarities to BMW's flagship vehicles.
A neat feature attached to this car is its rear suicide doors that provide easy access to its passenger compartment. Now, to be fair, it's a zero-emissions urban electric car, so the manufacturers were likely thinking lightweight and fuel economy when constructing its design. Reducing emissions is beneficial for the environment and something we're in favor of, but despite some of the BMW i3's neat features, it falls short on design and needs a remodeling for it to appeal to more consumers.
15 BMW New Class
The design of the BMW New Class could be considered attractive by some and not by others. Because it was produced from 1962-1977, its design beats out competitors of its era but falls short when compared to other stunning BMWs. To put the BMW New Class's era into perspective, it was produced during The Beatles's emerging years in England. At its time of release, it may have reflected its name of "New Class," and today we can appreciate the vehicle for what it is, a premium vehicle that had a design reminiscent of its era. Classic car enthusiasts may rate this as mouth-watering, but in a list as competitive as this, the BMW New Class has a comparatively bland design that's unable to stand out.
14 BMW M5 Touring E61
The BMW M5 Touring E61 is a superb example of hatchback done correctly. It didn't add off-putting extra-large taillights that run to the top of the vehicle or add multicolors on the rear as many other hatchbacks have done. It, instead, is subtle in many ways and may even borrow aspects of its look from the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The BMW M5 Touring E61's dual exhaust on a hatchback is just perfect. Its dual exhaust adds a little extra flair to separate it from dull, soccer-mom look. The vehicle has perfectly rounded edges that don't go over the top. Possibly the best feature in its interior is its spacious trunk space. It has a square shape in the rear and visually excels in areas where most BMW hatchbacks haven't. Since the back window has a gradual slope to the top, there's immaculate visibility.
13 1997 BMW Z3
During the years of the BMW Z3's production period ranging from 1995-2002, it was reasonably in demand, and approximately 297,000 were produced. This type of BMW is unique from other convertibles for having a slightly smaller size but doesn't go overboard in downsizing to restrict interior space or give it a weirdly shaped design. This vehicle is recognized for its appearance in Jame Bond's 1995 GoldenEye film starring Pierce Brosnan. In GoldenEye, the car has stinger missiles contained in the headlights and an emergency parachute. Any vehicle that meets the standards of James Bond would have to be sexy with intelligent design, and the BMW Z3 surpasses expectations on those fronts. There are still many BMW Z3 models driving on the road, so it wouldn't be expensive to purchase it used. You can't put a price on beauty, though, and this is a beautiful car.
12 2013 BMW 760Li
Had the look of the BMW 760LI had a distinct separation from other luxury BMWs, it would've placed higher on this list. The BMW 760LI is less attractive than different luxury models. Its box shape makes it appear awkward from certain angles. The 2013 BMW 760LI utilizes a 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 and can display 536HP. At a price of $159,395, this vehicle doesn't provide a high amount of value, but with a powerful V12 engine, you're going to have to pay a premium for performance. This car is by no means ugly; it just falls short of other superbly designed BMWs that are tough to beat. If you're okay with an above-average appearance with a boost in performance, then the BMW 760LI would be your perfect match.
11 2017 BMW 650i XDrive Gran Coupé
Purchasing this exquisite vehicle provides you with an abundance of color choices that are often unavailable in lower-end cars. With 17 color choices, including Black Sapphire Metallic, Tanzanite Blue Metallic, and Alpine White, the BMW 650i XDrive Gran Coupé gives you plenty of customization to provide you with the look you desire. As opposed to other BMWs, this vehicle focuses on elegance with a design that removes sport from the equation. Because of its defined look, it's considered a highly desirable luxury vehicle. The 2017 BMW 650i XDrive Gran Coupé is one of the best-looking BMWs we've seen yet. Interior trims, upholstery, wheel designs, and more are open for customization when purchasing this BMW and are why the 2017 BMW 650i XDrive Gran Coupé is an excellent example of German engineering at its finest.
10 2017 BMW 1 Series
The BMW 1 Series has a lower price than most of BMW's other vehicles. Despite its lower price, BMW didn't hold back when giving it a bold design. Even though it has shortcomings in comparison to other high-priced luxury BMWs, the BMW 1 Series is a fast-moving vehicle with outstanding merits. The fact that it has relatively good fuel economy is also a bonus. The designers of this car were able to provide an affordable vehicle that has a charming look with a touch of elegance. The BMW 1 Series is priced at AUD 36,900. Unfortunately, this series of BMWs was discontinued in the United States but continues to be produced in other countries of the world including Australia and Germany. Its limited availability adds to its desirability, making it a mouth-watering BMW.
9 BMW Nazca C2 Concept
Only three cars of this vehicle were produced, making it exceedingly attractive. This automobile may have perhaps been conceived before its time since it would surely be well received in BMW's current lineup of luxury vehicles. With a V12 twin-turbocharged engine, its performance lives up to its design.
It was designed by Italdesign, the company behind Giorgetto Giugiaro. Giorgetto Giugiaro has designed vehicles such as the De Tomaso Mangusta, the Maserati Ghibli, and Back to the Future's DeLorean DMC-12. The vehicle's side mirrors stand tall. It's low to the ground and aerodynamic all over. A 2018 reimagining of this car with infotainment and current technology would be too good to be true. This amazing concept from BMW history easily earns it its spot on this list.
8 2018 BMW 7 Series M760i
The new BMW 7 Series M760i is a remarkable advancement for BMW. The sound of the car is genuinely loveable. It has a V12, 610 Horsepower and is an excellent addition to BMW's list of luxury cars. To develop vehicles as intricate as these, BMW has invested billions of dollars in recent years. Although it's not at the top of this competitive list, it does place higher than most. It has a design that doesn't attempt to take risks, but at the same time, it's one that impresses us and has few adverse qualities about its appearance. The 2018 BMW 7 Series M760i has an MSRP of $156,700 and is a smart buy since its design won't go out of style anytime soon.
7 BMW E30 M3
Recently, this car was deemed to be an under-$10,000 purchase and was becoming decreasingly popular because many were deteriorating in quality. Now that some years have passed, the BMW E30 M3's demand has started to rise slightly. If history tells us anything, a desirable BMW such as this will skyrocket in price once availability declines. There are a handful of BMW models over the years that seem to stand out in design. As a vehicle with four rounded headlights, a front grill in the shape of a rectangle with rounded edges, and a mini spoiler at the rear of its trunk that adds a bit of sportiness, the BMW E30 M3 is a beautiful BMW. For these reasons, the BMW E30 M3 ranks as the seventh most mouth-watering vehicle.
6 2017 BMW X5 M
The elegant and powerful design of the 2017 BMW X5 M SUV makes a statement that says "BMW means business." The BMW X5 was ranked #4 for luxury midsize SUVs on car.usnews.com, with a score of 8.8/10. On car.usnews.com, it's ranked just behind the 2018 Porsche Cayenne and tied with the 2017 Maserati Levante. Since the 2017 BMW X5 is priced lower than both those vehicles, with a base MSRP of $56,600, it's indeed a masterclass vehicle at an affordable price.
Its exterior design is just stunning, and its interior follows suit. If you're not mesmerized by its infotainment and impeccable gear stick, then you may notice that the 2017 BMW X5 has expanded outward visibility. It's difficult to state flaws for the 2017 BMW X5 M SUV since it's indeed a mouth-watering BMW.
5 BMW 8 Series Concept
It's expected that the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will be resurrected sometime in mid-2018. Although this is a prototype design of the vehicle, there's a high chance it will bear a similar look. From this early rendition, we can say that the BMW 8 Series is welcome back at any time. It's just the thing the BMW family needs - lengthy windows, a powerful V8 or V12 engine, and a design that can be compared to an Aston Martin.
The BMW 8 series was initially produced from 1989-1999, and approximately 30,621 were built. Because of its V12 engine, among other reasons, it couldn't appeal to enough consumers. Now that years have passed, we're crossing our fingers, hoping that the BMW 8 series is once again resurrected so we can witness the reimagining of a BMW classic.
4 BMW 5 Series E39
In the category of affordable BMW vehicles, the BMW 5 Series E39 is a top contender for being one of the most glorious ever produced. Car and Driver included this vehicle in its 10Best list on multiple occasions. It's quick, easy to handle, and straight-up gorgeous. You feel at home the moment you step inside this car.
The BMW 5 Series E39 is what the automobile industry is all about. It's a vehicle that can make us fall in love. It's a car you may have owned and repaired countless times. It could even be that car you own that's no longer functional, but you keep it in storage because you cannot part ways with it. The BMW 5 Series E39 is BMW's most beautiful affordable vehicle. Period.
3 BMW 507
You don't have to be a classic-car enthusiast to appreciate the magnificent design of the BMW 507. It would be the perfect vehicle to pack your suitcase in and set course for a long road trip. Your destination may be uncertain, but you'll be driving in a grand tourer BMW 507 with a 4-speed engine, so you'll be confident that you're precisely where you need to be. Approximately 252 units of this vehicle have been produced, making it a rare car. It's too bad that this car's production count is low. Just to test drive it would be a milestone for the ages. The average cost of this vehicle is approximately $2.05 million. It's one of the most beautiful BMWs that few have had the satisfaction of driving.
2 1978 BMW M1
The first-class design of the 1978 BMW M1 is an excellent example of a sporty design done correctly. One could criticise it for its small interior, but this is also what makes it a comfortable vehicle that's sure to impress the ladies. Since this car was produced decades ago, to get your hands on a restored version of this will cost you, on average, about $647,000, according to hagerty.ca.
The BMW M1 uses a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L six-cylinder petrol engine. It's capable of top speeds of up to 162 mph. The way the top of the car is sloped is similar to a Lotus Esprit. This style of car isn't something that has aged, but it has, in fact, grown more desirable. It wouldn't be surprising to see this vehicle on the cover of a magazine.
1 2014 BMW i8
BMW has displayed their technological prowess effectively by releasing this model. The 2014 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid that has blown us away with its exotic design. Hybrid vehicle manufacturers should note the BMW i8's ability to promote environmental friendliness with a design that's irresistible to buyers.
Using a remote, you can activate the vehicle and unlock its doors. While inside the BMW i8, you'll notice it doesn't require keys to start it. While in "Stop" mode, the light around the "Start" button will pulse red. A short push of the "Start" button will turn the car on. The BMW i8 has a breathtaking design that's partially reminiscent of the Audi R8 but instead goes above and beyond that with a relevant design of its own. For these reasons, we list the 2014 BMW i8 as BMW's most mouth-watering vehicle.
Sources: Wikipedia; Top Gear; Edmunds