The 10 cheapest BMWs you can buy

Since 1910, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, also known as BMW, has been the luxury brand of German-made automobiles and motorcycles headquartered in Munich, Bavaria. The production of their vehicles does not only come from Germany. There are also manufacturing plants located in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, UK and USA. So from this list, what are the ten cheapest BMWs that money can buy?

Considering BMW makes automobiles and motorcycles, expect to find something in both categories. The list focuses on what’s new, not what’s used. Used vehicles are almost always less expensive than their new counterparts.

For the most part, budget BMW buyers will find the BMW 2 Series the cheapest route to an all-new model. This is the entry-level design from the German automaker which comes in the form of a coupe. It is also known to come in the form of a four-door hatchback. There is also the M2 variant with top performance in mind.

Each of the BMWs listed offers a wide range of options and packages to enhance the owner experience. For at least half of the vehicles listed, you can still keep the final price under $50,000.00, even with all the upgrades.

As standard, every BMW automobile has Active Driving Assistant, Forward Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Active Blind Spot Detection. All of these add extra protection to ensure your safety and that of the passengers accompanying you on the road.

Most of the models mentioned in the list come with front-wheel drive, along with an option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. Known as xDrive, all-wheel drive allows for a more controlled driving experience behind the wheel. The technology involved powers all four wheels and counteracts wheelspin in areas of reduced traction.

M240i Coupe

10. M240i Coupe (US$49,900.00)

Starting at US$49,900.00, the 2023 edition of the BMW M24i Coupe is part of the M lineup. It is one of the few vehicles sporting the BMW badge that falls under the US$50,000.00 mark . Granted, it’s only $100.00, but it’s still one of the cheapest prices you can buy in this particular range.

Built with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, the M240i Coupe is capable of an output of 382 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. It can hit the top speed of 155 miles per hour and hit the sixty mph mark in 4.5 seconds. Its fuel economy rating is thirty-two miles per gallon on the highway and twenty-two miles per gallon in the city.

The M240i coupe is 179.4 inches long, 72.4 inches wide and 55.0 inches tall. Its curb weight is 3,748 pounds. The trunk offers 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space that you can load as needed.

430i Coupe

9. Coupe 430i (US$47,400.00)

For US$47,400.00, a 430i Coupe gives the driver a decent engined machine that packs in 255 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. In 5.5 seconds, it can reach the speed of sixty miles per hour. Like most of the models on the list, if you want to upgrade from its standard front-wheel-drive to all-wheel-drive, it will cost you an additional US$2,000.00.

Like the majority of vehicles listed here, the top speed of a 430i coupe is 155 miles per hour. While it’s not as light-speed as BMW’s more expensive models, it’ll be fine.

If you like something jazzier from the 430i series, it also comes in convertible form. Notice that this will put the base cost of the vehicle at US$55,000.00. However, this still makes it one of the cheapest models available on the BMW production line.

As for the 430i coupe itself, its curb weight is 3,478 pounds. The cargo capacity of the trunk is 15.5 cubic feet. The vehicle’s overall length is 187.9 inches and its width is 81.9 inches when the mirrors are deployed. 54.6 inches is the height of the vehicle from the ground.

X3 sDrive30i

8. X3 sDrive30i ($45,400.00)

In six seconds, the X3 sDrive30i can hit the sixty mph mark. Not bad for US$45,400.00. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine develops 248 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. As an SUV, it will do as a luxury vehicle suitable for a frugal consumer who doesn’t want to shell out top dollar just because he can.

The sDrive30i’s fuel economy rating is twenty-three miles in the city and twenty-nine miles on the highway. 155 miles per hour is the top speed of this SUV when pushed to the limit.

When the rear seats are folded down, the X3 sDrive30i offers up to 62.7 cubic feet of space. As for the measurements of the vehicle, its 185.9 inches long, 74.4 inches wide and 66.0 inches high. Curb weight is 4,079 pounds.

M235i Coupe

7. M235i Coupe (US$44,400.00)

As BMW, the M235i Coupe is a two-door automobile with a 3.0-liter engine rated at 335 horsepower. It has no trouble hitting sixty miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. As it is a sportier model than the rest of the BMW 2 Series, it costs a bit more.

These coupes start at US$46,400.00. However, with it you get 18-inch wheels, an M Sport brake and an M Sport steering wheel. It also has adaptive suspension. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive option, as the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, pricing starts at US$46,400.0.

Weighing 3,605 pounds, the M235i coupe is 178.5 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 55.9 inches tall. Its transmission is an eight-speed sport automatic with sport and manual shift modes.

330i Sedan

6. 330i Sedan (US$42,300.00)

For US$42,300.00, the 330i luxury sedan is one of the cheapest BMW models you can buy if you want something fresh. In 5.6 seconds, it crosses the 100 km/h barrier thanks to its 255 horsepower at 6,500 rpm.

The 330i also offers a hybrid option for an additional US$1,000.00 for the front-wheel-drive option. If you prefer all-wheel drive, it’s still $2,000.00 USD. This particular range is technically called the 330e and this one has an output of 288 horsepower. The top speed this BMW can reach is 155 miles per hour.

The 330i sedan measures 185.9 inches long, 71.9 inches wide and 56.8 inches high. Its curb weight is 3,536 pounds with a wheelbase of 112.2 inches.

x1 xDrive28i

5. X1 xDrive28i ($38,600.00)

Available only in all-wheel drive, the X1 xDrive28i is a compact crossover SUV worth US$38,600.00. In 6.2 seconds, it can spin at sixty miles per hour with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is equipped with 241 horsepower that ranges from 4,500 to 6,500 rpm.

The xDrive28i’s top speed is 149 miles per hour. It has a fuel economy rating of twenty-five miles per gallon in the city and thirty-four miles per gallon on the highway. As an SUV, it’s decent enough to make it an affordable option when it comes time to fuel up.

Measurements of the xDrive29i are 177.2 inches long, 72.6 inches wide, and 64.6 inches high. Its curb weight is 3,750 lbs. As for cargo capacity, it can provide up to 57.2 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded down.


4. 230i ($37,400.00)

The BMW 230i is a coupe equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 255 horsepower. In 5.5 seconds, it can hit the sixty mph mark with no problem. The base price for a 230i is US$37,400.00. If you want to upgrade to four-wheel drive xDrive, it will cost an additional US$2,000.00 to get it.

The 230i’s top speed is 142 miles per hour when fully pedaled. Its curb weight is 3,519 pounds and its wheelbase measures 107.9 inches. In length, it is 179 inches long. Width is 72.4 inches with the mirrors folded and 81.4 inches with the mirrors extended. Vehicle height from the ground is 54.8 inches.

X2 sDrive28i

3. X2 sDrive28i ($36,600.00)

For US$36,600.00, the X2 sDrive28i offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of developing 228 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. In 6.6 seconds, it can go from zero to sixty miles per hour. This is considered by BMW to be a Sports Activity Coupe. Torque is 258 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm and can reach speeds as fast as 144 miles per hour.

As part of the X-series, it was designed as a compact crossover SUV. The X2 is the least expensive SUV from BMW’s production line.

Measuring 172.2 inches long, 71.8 inches wide and 60.1 inches high, the X2 sDrive28i is classified as a compact crossover SUV. Its curb weight is 3,519 pounds. When the rear seats are folded down, it offers up to 50.1 cubic feet of space to load it up with cargo.

228i Gran Coupe

2. 228i Gran Coupe (US$36,600.00)

With 228 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the 228i Gran Coupe, is a decent budget option when it comes to investing in a luxury automobile. It can hit sixty miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, which is decent for an entry-level luxury coupe. Starting at US$36,600.00, it’s the cheapest new BMW model money can buy. If you want a four-wheel-drive xDrive option, that’s another $2,000.00.

The top speed of the 228i Gran Coupe is 152 miles per hour, which has been the case for the majority of BMW models listed.

As for the dimensional measurements, the 228i has a wheelbase of 105.1 inches and is 178.5 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 55.9 inches tall. Curb weight is 3,393 pounds.

BMW Motorcycles

1. BMW Motorcycles (from US$4,995.00)

When comparing ratings on the various BMW models, the brand’s line of motorcycles starts at just US$4,995.00 with its 2023 G 310 R. This particular motorcycle is part of the Roadster range that came off the production line of BMW. Coming from BMW, it’s designed to be a sporty and fun option as a motorcycle. The 310 R develops a power of thirty-four horsepower at 9,250 revolutions per minute. Torque performance is 20.6 lb-ft at 7,500 rpm.

At US$32,210.00, the most expensive BMW motorcycle as a new model is the 2023 K 1600 Grand America Option 719 Midnight. Even at that price, it’s considerably lower than the cheapest new BMW vehicle currently on the market. It is a touring class motorcycle that serves as a luxury option for motorcyclists.

Grand America has a revised engine that has an output of 160 horsepower at 1,000 rpm. Peak torque is 132.7 lb-ft when generated at 5,250 rpm. These rich features make riding this motorcycle feel luxuriously relaxed. If you’re going to go a long distance on two wheels, do it in style.

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