BMW Takes 5 Awards in Australia's Best Cars

BMW rounded up the accolades in five categories at this year's Australia’s Best Cars Awards. On Tuesday, November 30th judges from State and Territory based motoring clubs chose BMW and MINI vehicles as the best cars in 5 out of 15 categories. BMW cars were the most successful of the bunch, winning in virtually every category they were nominated for. The winners are listed below: 135i Coupe - Best Sports Car under $80,000
BMW's smallest sports car managed to take the category title for the third consecutive year, receiving the highest scores in its class in areas of Design and Function and On the Road. The 135i Coupe impressed the judges with its powerful engine and precise six speed manual gearbox. The M3's little brother has made its share of friends in the Land Down Under during its three year reign, especially when tackling the high altitude serpentine of the Alpine Way, when the Australian motoring press first got to drive the 135i.

M3 Coupe - Best Sports Car over $80,000

BMW's iconic sports coupe almost needs no introduction, being one of the best track cars on the market, but at the same time, its practicality allowing it to be used on a daily basis. Adjustability of steering forces, damper settings and traction or stability control is conferred by the M-Drive setting, while the powerful engine delivers top-performance across a wide rev range.

320d Sedan - Best Medium Car over $50,000

Although the 320d is a compromise between comfort, economy and performance, it's also a statement that BMW is a maker of quality, good-value cars. The key feature here being the improved 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. The package is completed with great handling, ergonomics and build and finish quality. The "Ultimate Driving Machine" lives even in this underpowered (when compared to the rest of the range) entry-level version.

X5 xDrive30d - Best Luxury SUV over $60,000

BMW is proving its loyalty to the Australia's Best Cars event, providing a winner for the Best Luxury SUV category yet again. Since the event begun more than 10 years ago, BMW has been present in every edition and took half of the wins in this category. The X5 diesel has justly gained a very good reputation for its on-road car-like performance, as well as its comfort, safety and environmental-friendliness.

MINI Cooper D - Best Small Car over $35,000

Although it's the smallest contender in BMW's lineup, the MINI still manages to keep you free from danger, receiving a five-star ANCAP safety rating, thanks to six airbags, ESC and ABS with EBD and BA. Not surprisingly, Aussies are still into the retro styling that mimics the original MINI, but are probably more attracted to the car's build and finish quality that's present in all of their cars.

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