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320i dream machine
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr (Review date: 17th January '13)
I have owned my new 320i m sport for two months now, went for met black with red leather heated seats, and a few other pricey options. The car is just out of this world, the drive is outstanding, I owned a 325d m sport before this and I thought that was good, but this is just on another level, the build quality is much better than the old model and the driving position is excellent. The car is quick to, hitting 60mph in 7 seconds and on to just under 150mph. The steering wheel is very sporty and feels excellent on the hand, driving is very smooth and the manual box is a pleasure to use, heated seats are supportive and get warm very quickly, which is a major bonus in this weather. Can I fault the car, no I can't, I've owned new Mercedes,, Audi, and many other bmw's but this is the best car I've had bar none, should I have gone for a 320d, mmm, not a chance, this is much faster, smoother its quiet and the gear stick doesn't shake on tick over, mpg averages around 35 - 44mpg depending how I drive, so no different than the old 325d apart from that its cheaper to fill up. Marks out of 10 is 10
BMW 320d Sport
BMW 3 SERIES 320d Sport 4dr (Review date: 29th December '12)
I collected my 2012-12 reg. 320d manual Sport in metallic black yesterday. This car is six months old and has covered five thousand miles. initially I was gong to buy an automatic but decided a manual car best suited the cars' image.
My only concern is the loud diesel grumble when the engine is put under load. This is by far the loudest diesel I have driven when it is "working", it however settles down when cruising.
The BMW is very well built and has excellent attention to detail. My car runs on standard Sport alloys and is fitted with run-flats and the ride and handling is great. The gear change is also very good and the ratios are well spaced. The car has an excellent turn of speed under any situation.
After a long drive on mixed roads and two further shorter town trips I have averaged over 66 mpg.
I would recommend this car to anyone however I think the five year service pack is a wise investment if you intend keeping the car.
Finally the boot is an excellent size and there is plenty of space for four tall people. The rear middle seat is best suited to a smaller person.
Superb as usual - Best in Class
BMW 3 SERIES 320d EfficientDynamics 4dr (Review date: 25th October '12)
So I have been driving my latest 3er for about 6 months now and feel its time for a review. I ordered this car back in Dec 2011 and had not had the benefit of seeing or driving the new model so was buying a little in the dark. Before I took the plunge I test drove the Merc C Class and 1 series but having owned a 3 before I knew the latest incarnation would be fantastic and boy have I not been let down.
As a company car driver the 320d ED is pretty much the default choice as the BIK tax is lower than other models. I must say I have driven both the standard 320d and 318d and the ED does not feel any different to the former but definitely has noticeably more punch than the latter.
The car looks fantastic, it has a very aggressive front end, and the look from all angles is spot on. The 16" wheels on the ED don't actually look that bad as the larger tyres fill the wheel arches nicely and actually look no different to the 17" fitted to the sport.
Driving position is excellent with only a slight offset on the pedals. All controls are well positioned with the rocker switch for the cruise control being a particular favorite, being part of the PlayStation generation I can effectively drive my car entirely from the steering wheel! iDrive is so intuitive and easy to use with plenty of information and options in the on board computer. Im not 100% bought into the way the screen is mounted on the dash, the integrated screen in the new 5 series looks much nicer. I didn't go for Sat Nav and I think the screen suffers as a result as it just looks a bit daft.
I am getting about average 55mpg on short commutes which is much improved on my previous Merc and on a long run to Birmingham recently I got 74mpg avg which is immense!
Golf clubs fit neatly in the boot and I even packed up the wife and little one to Center Parcs for a week with no issues with space in the back.
Finished in Mineral Grey this car is awesome and really stands apart from the boring white which everyone seems to go for these days.
Upgraded suspension and lights would have been nice but not worth the money.
Anyone owning this car will not be disappointed.
Best Executive Saloon
BMW 3 SERIES 320d Modern 4dr (Review date: 19th October '12)
After having owned two 1 Series which I loved I thought it was time to get a bigger car. The new 3 series fitted the bill. I did look at auto but a BMW is a drivers car and the manual gearbox is superb. If I'd have bought a Merc then I would have gone for auto. Having driven both 318 and 320 I decided to go for the 320 which has the right amount of power and also great fuel consumption. I am regularly achieving 55-58mpg from a mixture of town and motorway.
Maintenance is really cheap. I bought a service pack for £350 which covers me for 5 years.
Overall a really great car to drive although the 1 was more fun. The cars refinement and driving pleasure are the best in class.
Mr S Hameed
BMW 3 SERIES 316d Sport 4dr Step Auto (Review date: 6th October '12)
After a long long Research I bought the new Shape BMW 3 Series, was confused either to get a 2012 Mercedes C Class or this new BMW. And i think I am really very happy with the decision i ve made.
Its a Fantastic Car. Previously i had a Mercedes CLK, then Got 2010 Mercedes C CLass and now this new shape BMW and this is the best.
I test drove 316d, 318d and 320d... and being honest there was not a huge difference in the drive. 316d was the most economical auto diesel thats why i opted out for this one, was rare to find one in auto but finally got it. £30 Tax for the year, and i brought this car from London to Glasgow only with £40 (unbelievable).
If BHP is the concern then actually there are four modes of Drive (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus), If you need the car to go extra fast then Sports Plus mode is there and the Efficeient Dynamics Eco Pro mode will give you bonus miles.
The Car no doubt looks the best in White with Coral Red Leather Interior especially in the Sports Model.
Cruise Control and limit control are standard now so no need to worry about points anymore. BMW iDrive is standard too.
Avoid Manual Transmissions, You will regret it!!! Because now both Auto's and Manual's give the same MPG's. Grab one having Electric Seats, will make the life much easier.
Overall a perfect Saloon, Looks Stylish and does look like a next Generation Car.