If it's classic style you're looking for in car, a BMW is an obvious choice. The relatively small number of units sold in Australia reflect the brand's prestige (and their price tag). And if you're in the market for a small car that balances that prestige with practicality, look not further than the 118i Sport Line - winner of RACQ's Best Small Car Over $35,000.
While BMW is an average performer in the overall reliability stakes, it far outstrips luxury rival Audi. And in terms of safety, most current models fare well - the 2 Series is the only one to fall short of a five-star rating.