BMW car configurator: the £42k 3cyl BMW 3 Series
This one is a little different to the rest of the cars on this list.
- Entry-level price: 318i SE - £25,160
- The car we built: 318i Sport - £42,070
- BMW Icon adaptive LED headlights - £610
- BMW Individual leather instrument panel - £1,075
- Internet access - £95
This one is a little different to the rest of the cars on this list. Instead of wondering how expensive we could make the top-spec model, we looked at how far could we push the entry-level BMW 3 Series 318i with a 1.5-litre triple on board?
It turns out you can easily spend £42,000 on one. Our build, finished in Tanzanite Blue and with 19-inch BMW Individual alloy wheels came in at just a smidge over that. Of course, we went to the effort to add several option packages to the specification, but we could have easily pushed the price to more than £45,000 if we ticked every box possible. Put simply, our 318i Sport is £14,023 per cylinder, and is more expensive than a 525d SE Touring!
Our crazy car configurator builds:
- £29k Nissan Juke
- £38k MINI Clubman
- £39k Vauxhall Cascada
- £42k BMW 3 Series 3cyl
- £47k Volvo V40 Cross Country
- £53k Volkswagen Passat Estate
- £54k Mercedes-AMG A 45
- £71k Range Rover Evoque
- £100k Audi Q7
- £130k Porsche 911 Carrera S
We built a £42k 3 Series using BMW’s UK configurator – do you think you could do better? Have a go yourself right here!
- 1IntroductionWe have fun with online car configurators, including those of Audi, BMW, Nissan and more, to see just how expensive certain models can get
- 2£29k Nissan JukeNissan’s Juke crossover can usually be seen as good value.
- 3£38k MINI ClubmanThe funky MINI Clubman is an acquired taste due to its estate-like shape and six-door layout.
- 4£39k Vauxhall CascadaVauxhall is usually known as a value brand but things can get costly quickly when you add a lot of trimmings to the Vauxhall Cascada convertible.
- 5£42k 3cyl BMW 3 Series - currently readingThis one is a little different to the rest of the cars on this list.
- 6£47k Volvo V40 Cross CountryIf you’ve got £47,000 hanging around in your back pocket you could go all out on the jacked-up version of Volvo’s premium hatch.
- 7£53k Volkswagen Passat EstateAlong with quite possibly the longest car name on sale right now, you could easily push a Volkswagen Passat Estate upwards of £50,000.
- 8£54k Mercedes-AMG A 45It’s already an expensive car as it is, coming in at a smidge under £40,000, but adding a wealth of driver aids, performance packs and a rather tasty looking grey paint finish means that you can have a hot hatch that will drain your wallet faster than the A 45’s 4.2-second 0-62mph time
- 9£71k RR Evoque
- 10£100k Audi Q7 If you go mad with the price list of the new Audi Q7, it could land you with a bill of more than £100,000.
- 11£130k Porsche 911 Carrera SSimilar to the BMW, we didn’t go all out on the range-topper with the 911 – instead we chose the sweet spot in the range.