Regardless of being difficult, 2021 was 12 months for us by way of check drives. We picked up the slack from the earlier 12 months and examined a formidable variety of vehicles: sixty (60). After all, majority of them have been BMW Group fashions. There have been another manufacturers we managed to evaluate, so it’s truthful to say that 2021 has been a busy 12 months for us. As we head into the brand new 12 months, we needed to look again and decide our favourite BMW vehicles we drove in 2021. Subsequent 12 months is shaping as much as be equally thrilling for us, however as it’s the norm in the present day, a number of issues can change in a cut up of a second.
Nico — BMW M5 CS
To be trustworthy, 2021 wasn’t my largest automotive 12 months. Because of the lingering results of Covid, I didn’t go on any press launches and loaner vehicles weren’t as frequent. Most of my check drives have been BMWs, although there have been a couple of Audis, Genesis, and Lexus fashions sprinkled in. A few of which have been genuinely nice vehicles, such because the BMW M3 Competitors, Audi RS7 Sportback, Audi RS Q8, and Genesis GV70. Nevertheless, there can solely be one and it was a simple selection — the BMW M5 CS.
Nothing got here shut, this previous 12 months, to providing the extent of enjoyable and pleasure because the M5 CS. It’s a completely good automotive, one which might be BMW’s greatest in a long time. Not solely is it brutally quick — ripping of a 2.8 second 0-60 mph time and a sub-eleven second quarter-mile on a tough, dusty runway — nevertheless it’s sensational to drive. The M5 CS presents steering really feel, chassis steadiness, and physique management like no different BMW I can keep in mind lately.
Then there’s the inside. Carbon fiber bucket seats from the M3 and M4 make the entrance passengers really feel like they’re in a race automotive, regardless of being in an enormous, four-door sedan. Much more fascinating, although, is the again seat, which replaces the standard rear bench with two extra bucket seats, so the rear passengers don’t miss out on that racecar really feel.
If I may select only one BMW to personal from the fashionable period, I wouldn’t even blink: it’d be the BMW M5 CS.
Horatiu — BMW iX
There is no such thing as a secret that I’ve been a fan of electrical vehicles for a few years. As a enjoyable tidbit, I’m really on my fourth BMW i3 and it nonetheless brings me pleasure because it did in 2014. So naturally, I used to be fairly excited to lastly see some new BMW merchandise with an electrical drivetrain. After driving an i4 prototype after which the manufacturing automotive, I used to be lucky sufficient to leap behind the wheel of the brand new flagship BMW EV: The iX.
The bespoke electrical crossover has been in works since 2015 and it’s now lastly able to deal with a really aggressive phase. Being constructed on a novel structure, the BMW iX makes full use of the bundle by offering not solely a wise and sensible inside, but additionally a fairly spacious one. The journey can be atypical of a BMW automotive with a concentrate on consolation moderately than driving dynamics. But, it nonetheless delivers tons of efficiency – 516 hp – and a 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. The electrical vary is equally necessary within the iX, so BMW managed to squeeze out 300 miles (EPA score) from a 105 kWh battery hidden within the flooring of the automotive.
The BMW iX may not be everybody’s cup of tea, and certain, some would possibly nonetheless complain about its vary, however it’s a unbelievable product, well designed and worthy of the BMW badge.
Gabriel — BMW M3 Competitors and iX
As time goes by and expertise evolves, it’s getting apparent that electrical vehicles are going to take over within the subsequent 10 to fifteen years. We’re already seeing plenty of effort being put into the EV phase and that additionally mirrored my expertise this 12 months. Out of the 120 vehicles I drove this 12 months, nearly half have been electrified in a technique or one other. That’s additionally why the BMW iX is among the greatest vehicles I drove this 12 months with a blue and white roundel on the hood.
The explanation why it’s one in every of my high two is moderately easy: it has among the finest suspension setups of all the electrical automobiles I had the pleasure of testing out. It’s nimble, clean, quiet and extremely snug. Certain, the one I examined was an iX xDrive50 mannequin with the non-obligatory air suspension tacked on, nevertheless it’s fairly an eye-opening expertise. The iX may need some faults, from the vary to the design (for some individuals) however on the subject of refinement, few electrical vehicles can attain its degree.
As for the opposite automotive, it could undoubtedly be the M3 Competitors (RWD). Why? Fairly easy, really, it reveals that the M engineers nonetheless have a spot in our very difficult world. This automotive, in rear-wheel drive guise, is each a beast on the observe and a cushty cruiser everytime you want it to be. The twin character that has been defining M vehicles for the previous 50 years remains to be there and that’s marvelous in my e-book. Not like the BMW iX, the M3 Competitors does every part near perfection and should you can look previous its design, you’ll discover a rewarding driving expertise that may simply shock you.