Looking to get into your first BMW that is sporty, fun to drive and reliable? We compiled the perfect list for you. The smaller 3-Series is definitely spotted more with young car buyers as it is ‘reliable, comfortable, attractive, fun to drive, economical, practical and most of all, it’s safe!’ – AutoTrader
E46 BMW 3 Series (1999-2005)
The E46 3-Series is one of the top selling models made. Many consider the E46 to be one of the best-handling BMW’s balancing both 50/50 weight distribution and frugal size & heft. It’s analog enough to be engaging and simple to repair, yet modern enough to encompass all the latest safety equipment.
E9x BMW 328i (2007-2011)
This vehicle can be called BMW’s most reliable modern car using their last version of a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) inline-6 powerplant (N52), a staple in BMW’s lineup since the 1970’s. This model can often be described with just two words – Analog Glory. Drivers experience the rawness and directness of a true sports sedan.
BMW 1 Series Coupe (2008-2013)
This car is in the higher price range for first-time BMW/car buyers. It is a fun sporty car to own and drive. The most popular in its series is the 128i with its tried & tested reliable N52 from the larger sibling 328i. If your thirst for speed is real, opt for the turbo charged version 135i making a lofty 300hp/300ft lb from BMW’s smallest package.
BMW i3 Electric (2014+)
BMW spent a small fortune in the design & production of their full carbon bodied i3 city cars. These innovative, quick, fun commuter cars are quite expensive when purchased new, but a bargain on the used market due to high depreciation. They are available as full electric or with a “range extender” gasoline generator motor which adds another 80km of range once the battery is fully depleted.
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