The mainstream cars are carved up into a range of models numbered from one (1 Series
) to seven (7 Series
), going from smallest to biggest. With most of these models, various bodystyles
The 1 Series is only available as a hatchback (three- and five-door), while the 2 Series is available as a coupe
, a convertible
, a five-seat MPV (Active Tourer
) or a seven-seat MPV (Gran Tourer
). From that point on in the range, though, there is a little bit of logic.
The odd numbers (3 Series
, 5 Series
and 7 Series), are based around saloon cars, while the even numbers (4 Series
, 6 Series
, and soon to be the 8 Series) are based around coupes. Most of the odds are also offered as an estate
’ as BMW calls them), while most of the evens are also offered as a convertible
Then, there are two more body types to consider. Some models (3 Series and 6 Series) are also offered as a Gran Turismo
, which is basically a five-door hatchback, while some others (4 Series and 6 Series) are also offered as a Gran Coupe
, which is what some people might refer to as a ‘four-door coupe’.
Once you’ve chosen your model and your bodystyle, you choose your engine variant. Choosing something with ‘i’ in the name signifies it’s a petrol, while ‘d’ indicates a diesel. The higher the number on the badge, the more power your car has.
In other words, a 318d is a diesel-powered 3 Series that’s not as powerful as a 335d. However, don’t be fooled into thinking a 318d has a 1.8-litre engine and a 335d has a 3.5-litre. These days, engine capacity has nothing to do with it.