It’s only when you use a car frequently that you notice the small details. BMW models have a host of clever touches that make everyday use more satisfying, from extended storage capacity in the cabin through to nets, anchor points and extra 12V power sockets in the luggage areas.


The most practical aspect for any car is having a door for all the passengers. The BMW 1 Series 5-door and BMW X1 have just that, and with ISOFIX fittings on both left and right rear seats it’s easy to fit child seats. Both models feature xDrive all-wheel drive versions for added peace of mind on slippery surfaces too.

BMW 1 Series interior

BMW 1 Series 5-door SPORTS HATCH.

In the BMW 1 Series 5-door, front seat passengers get a pair of cup holders near the gearstick, deep door pockets will hold a water bottle, a glove box and a 12V socket in the passenger footwell for powering ancillaries.

The three rear seat passengers get nets on the backs of the seats in front, door pockets and a 12V socket too, while the boot features fastening points, a net for small items, and its own 12V socket. A detachable tow bar is a further option, capable of towing up to 1,200kg if it’s braked.



The BMW X1 has everything the BMW 1 Series 5-door boasts, but adds a further practicality – a powered boot lid. Opening is via the press of a button, either from inside the car or on the key fob. To close, there’s a button on the inside of the tailgate. The height that the boot lid opens can also be preset from inside the car, should you regularly visit a low-roofed car park.

There’s also the option of a detachable tow bar capable of towing a load of up to 1,800kg if it’s braked (S-drive model. All others will tow up to 2,000kg braked).



The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer bring BMW’s driving experience to the MPV sector. Designed from the outset to offer as much flexibility as possible and featuring seven seats in the Gran Tourer model, whatever your transport requirements, these models can deliver.
Both models come with contactless boot opening. Press a button on your key fob and the boot opens, or from inside the car, press the button on the dashboard. To close, there’s a button on the tailgate, or simply use your hands. There’s the option of a tow bar (max load 1,300kg braked) and if you plan to have a rear bike rack fitted, an option for a special tow ball that’s lighter than the full tow bar option. 
A series of 12V sockets in the front and rear passenger compartments and one in the boot provide plenty of power for your passengers’ mobile devices, while nets and hooks in the luggage compartment keep cargo secured. And if you’re likely to be towing, there’s an all-wheel drive version of both the Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, useful for when you require extra grip.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, boot open

BMW 2 SERIES Active tourer.

A slightly higher seating position makes the Active Tourer easy to enter and exit, and once inside there are plenty of cubby holes and drinks holders for all five passengers. Rear seat passengers get further storage on the backs of the seats in front, as well as fold-down tables. 

ISOFIX points on two of the rear seats and on the front passenger seat give plenty of options when transporting the smallest family members. On some trim levels, and providing you’ve not specified electric seat adjustment, the back rest on the front passenger seat folds flat, enabling the carrying of 2.4m-long items. 

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, rear seats

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

The Gran Tourer adds a third row of seats into a slightly larger body shape, making it a genuine seven seater; its wide doors and sill plates make getting out of all the seats easy, while a raised roofline gives third row passengers plenty of headroom. It has similar ISOFIX capabilities as the smaller Active Tourer with fixings on the front passenger seat and the two outer second row seats.

There are plenty of cubbyholes and drinks holders, even for third row passengers, and should you need it to, the front passenger seat folds flat, provided you’ve not specified electric seat adjustment. 


The classic family car is the estate car, and for good reason. Driving dynamics that are very similar to the Saloon model, yet the space and flexibility to carry enormous quantities of luggage typify the BMW 3 Series Touring.

But that’s not the only approach: the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo provides another way to move the family, while the BMW X3 brings sports activity style to the sector. Three different approaches, always a dynamic drive. 

BMW 3 Series Touring rear seats

BMW 3 Series Touring.

The BMW 3 Series Touring offers up to 1,500 litres of space and an unforgettably sporty drive that will have you taking the long way home. Inside, it’s all about practicality.
There are plenty of storage bins and cubby holes for front and up to three rear passengers, as well as an additional 12V socket in the front passenger footwell, useful when coupled with Wi-Fi hotspot preparation.

ISOFIX points on the two outside rear seats and wide rear door openings make it easy to fit baby and child seats. The rear seat splits 40:20:40 and if you specify the optional extended storage pack, there are hooks, nets and a compartment divider for the space under the floor of the boot.

There’s a split opening boot, as the glass window opens independently of the tailgate, handy if the roof of the car park is low. Towing? There’s an all-wheel drive option, and depending on engines it will pull up to 1,800kg.

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo rear seats

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo takes the best of the Saloon model with the best of the Touring and puts it all into one package. For example, with the rear seats in place there’s 520 litres of space, more than in the Touring model. The longer wheelbase gives rear seat passengers more leg room, and as well as 40:20:40 split, the rear back rests have 15 inclination positions, for either more space or a more relaxed seating position. 

There’s a large glove box, plenty of drinks holders and cubbyholes, and the boot lid is power operated. The Extended Storage package adds hooks, nets and extra 12V sockets to the practicality.

BMW X3 front door bins


The BMW X3 is one of the most compelling sports activity vehicles available. It offers plenty of cabin space, a drive that’s engaging, and a generous equipment level. Its practicality is further enhanced by automatic tailgate operation, front and rear park distance control, and extra 12V sockets in the rear to power passengers’ ancillary devices.

All-wheel drive and diesel engines make the BMW X3 a particularly accomplished towing vehicle (up to 2,400kg), whatever the model.


Choose from the BMW 5 Series range and you’ll have vast carrying capabilities whichever model you drive. They’re all eminently practical cars, able to seat five – and in the case of the BMW X5 seven – as well as offering plenty of features and neat touches that will make them a valued member of the family.

All the BMW 5 Series models make excellent towing vehicles and can have electrically operated tow bars fitted that hide out of sight until needed. Depending on the engines fitted, the BMW 5 Series Touring will tow up to 2,000kg, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo up to 2,100kg, and the X5 between 2,700-3,500kg (all figures referring to a braked load). Specify a BMW X5 with xDrive, and you have a supremely capable all-wheel drive towing vehicle.

BMW 5 Series Touring with rear windscreen open

BMW 5 Series Touring.

The BMW 5 Series Saloon is consistently voted the best large executive car in its class, so it’s no surprise that the Touring model marries performance, luxury and a huge load carry capacity with such effortless élan. A wide boot, a load dividing net, a shallow under-boot storage area, plenty of lashing points and a split opening tailgate make this a supremely practical load carrier. 

The tailgate is powered, operated by a button in the cabin or the one on the key fob, and splits, should you just need to drop something small into the boot. Self-levelling suspension keeps the headlights pointing in the right direction when the rear is heavily loaded. Inside there are plenty of places to store drinks and sweets, and ISOFIX points on the two outer rear seats.

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo rear seats

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has similar qualities, but presents them in a hatchback shape with a slightly higher seating position. Even the tallest will find plenty of room in the rear, while plenty of storage options ensure there’s a place for everything. The tailgate is split, so you can put things into the boot without exposing the cabin occupants to the elements. 

BMW X5 rear seats, with child seat accessory


The BMW X5 has a different set of qualities, but shares with the rest of the BMW 5 Series refined luxury, a dynamic drive and plenty of cabin space. At the rear, the tailgate splits, with the lower half resting flat with the boot floor, to make loading that much easier.

A third row of seats is available as an option, turning the vehicle into a genuine seven seater, with the rear-most passengers getting their own dedicated lights, storage options and cup holders in the arm rest. Naturally, they can be folded flat when not in use.