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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Thirsty engine, expensive tyres, steep insurance, BMW service rates. These all conspire to mean you'll not be running one cheaply, but its exclusivity means that used values are very strong, and if kept in good condition you won't lose very much money on one.

There were some reports of problems with the VANOS variable inlet system, but where this was a problem, it came to light pretty quickly and would have been resolved under warranty. Otherwise it appears to uphold the tradition for good reliability that is expected of the BMW brand.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £2,328 - £2,328 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
3.2 Petrol 268 g/km (Min) £265
3.2 Petrol 268 g/km (Max) £265

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £265 - £325
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 38
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.