Ultimate Driving from BMW in 2020: the Best from Entry-Level to Autobahn Luxury

Try to keep your heart rate down as you check out the new 2020 BMW line. The Mini platform powers the 2-Series, X1, and X2. An expanded 8-Series has some powerful reasons to spend big. The X3 and X4 are getting plenty of upgrades, especially in technology, to meet the competition in the crossover market. Most models provide active driver assistance features. Powerful 2020 styling with more aggressive curves and enlarged grilles, LED lighting, and dazzling wheels will make a trip to the dealer imperative.


It's time for my first BMW, what's new for 2020 and in my modest price range?

The 2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is meant to be a head-turner -- away from the Mercedes CLA class, which other young professionals might consider. It uses the platform developed for the Mini and includes somewhat compact rear seating, perfect for your young kids. So, it's a practical family car, right? If you can swing it, check out the M235i for the M Sport suspension and 301 hp. Or, consider moving up to the X1, which uses the same platform.


Ok, nice try on the 2-class, but I want something a little more like the old-school BMW,

If you can get one -- and that's a big if -- the 2020 BMW M2 CS might do the job. BMW has, for 2020 only, allocated a few hundred for the States and put a 444-horse engine from the M4 Competition into a 2-sized sports-equipped machine. It runs about double the price of the base 2-Series, but maybe you're getting a bonus at work this year? Enjoy.


I know the 3-Series is the real starting point for serious BMW buyers, but I want to get everything I can out of my first purchase. What should I look at?

Let's start with the engine. The 2020 BMW 3-Series M340i includes a 382 horsepower twin-turbo inline-six. It's rear or AWD and jumps from 30 mph to 50 in 2.4 seconds for passing lane power. BMW has stretched this 3-Series front-to-back and side-to-side for 2020, so expect an improvement in handling this year.


I want a BMW that's roomy and elegant, but I also want to customize it for my own driving preferences, right down to the details. Is there a 5-series that fits?

The 2020 BMW 5-Series 2019 BMW 5-Series, M550i xDrive could be just what you're looking for. Powertrain and technology feature choices let you mix-and-match while enjoying the upgraded luxury of the cabin. The M550i has a V8, but there are also six, four, and hybrid 5-series versions to be had. While you're enjoying aggressive BMW performance, you can relax with the optional massaging seats.


What if I took the power from a high-end X-series and put it in a nice, luxurious high-end BMW sedan, say, a 7-series?

Check out the 2020 BMW 7-Series 750i. It has the 523 hp you know and love if you drive one of the more powerful X-series models but in an executive-style sedan. Four seconds to sixty, and you're gone, though two tons of luxury won't handle like a sports sedan. This year, there's also a 745e plug-in hybrid based on a straight-six.


I'm getting twitchy just thinking about the 2020 7-Series Alpina B7, could you go over some specs?

The 2020 BMW 7-Series Alpina B7 is a beautiful model that has taken a detour to BMW's tuning house. Reviewers have reached 186 of the claimed 205 mph available driving on the Autobahn with power to spare. The comfort and quiet keep drivers in the zone. With the new, giant kidney-grille, coming up fast behind some unsuspecting sub-100 mph driver will be even more startling.


I've been watching the expanding 8-Series and wondering, would a grand tour-type BMW be right for me?

It's a good line to watch. The new 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe might be right for you. Consider the 840i with an excellent inline-six, silent, solid cruising cabin and external looks which will have you circling it slowly in your driveway, admiring the beauty. The Gran Coupe should be a popular 8-Series model even for the simple reason that it has ample legroom, front, and back.


The 8-Series Gran Coupe looks good, but could you bump it up a notch in the performance department?

You're talking about the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which provides 617 hp and starts at about $50,000 more than the plain 8-Series Gran Coupe. As BMW further expands the 8-Series line in 2020, this detail-oriented, luxurious and powerful car should be turning a lot of heads, quickly. Only about 50 First Edition models will be coming to the US if you're interested.


What can I get for around $160,000? Something fun, maybe zero to sixty in three seconds, great for cruising or powering around mountain curves?

The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible meet your requirements. When you opt for the M Driver's Package, BMW schooling helps you handle the twin-turbo 617 horses and xDrive torque transfer. It includes plenty of upgrades over the plain 8-series from sport seats to presets for your favorite driving settings.


I'm young, getting moving with my life with a new house and need a crossover but want a driving machine. My budget is stretched. What's there for me?

Try the 2020 BMW X1. You can carry four adults, suitably impressed with the X1 styling, and their luggage. You'll enjoy the much larger infotainment panel and smoother shifting 8-speed transmission. The 228hp turbo-four has plenty of power, and consider the M-series package upgrade for great seats. If you don't think you'll need xDrive AWD, save a couple of thousand with excellent sDrive front-wheel-drive performance.


What's the difference between the BMW X3 and the X4, besides about $10k? Which should I choose?

Crossovers are key to most car manufacturers' market strategies in 2020, and the 2020 BMW X3 M and 2020 BMW X4 M are in the sweet spot. The M40i gets a boost in its twin-turbo six horsepower, from 355 to 382. The fastback, X4 may catch your eye, but turn to the X3 for better carrying capacity. Look for additional competitive features, such as the new BMW Live Professional Cockpit, in the X3 and X4.


I don't travel light. What in the X-series will get me down the road my way, carrying my entourage?

Consider the 2020 BMW X5 M50i. It offers 72.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. If you're not looking for just a bimmer-hauler but an Ultimate Driving crossover, think about the M50i's performance bump for 2020, a turbo 4.4L V8 with 523 hp. M-enhancements make it sportier to drive with enhanced brakes, suspension tuning for more fun including adaptive dampers, and a few new treats for passengers: wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot included.


I want a BMW CUV that's fast, new, and makes my friends say "WTF is that?" when I drive up. What's unusual?

The 2020 BMW X6 actually has a reduced startle-factor for 2020. Consider the M50i version, and add the front grille illumination option for a BMW, unlike any other. If you drive over 130 mph, optional summer tires raise the limit to 155 mph. On a much more practical note, look for a bit more cargo space and a huge panoramic roof which can be, like the front grille, illuminated, making the X6 a frog-like UFO.


I want a three-row luxury SUV with power. Is there an M50i model for me?

The 2020 BMW X7 M50i pleasure wagon awaits you and your family. As with other 2020 M50i X-Series models, it gets a bump in horsepower. Also, consider the off-road package with a skid plate. The elegant interior includes extensive appointments and soft-close doors. Tech is plentiful in the X7, and with a spacious interior, the four-zone climate control will be put to good use.


Ah, midlife crisis. What do you have that's topless, fast, and made by the Bavarian masters?

The 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster, the Ultimate Midlife Machine. Stereotypes aside, you do know that BMW lent this fine machine's essentials to Toyota for the new Supra? That says a lot, and of course, they kept the best for their own. The Z4 has been called "athletic" and "agile," and the M40i version brings 382 horsepower to the party for a smooth inline-six ride and responsive performance.

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