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Michael

BMW 318d Sport

While my car was in getting the dodgy electrics fixed, I had use of this F30 318d non-M Sport.

First things first I found myself increasingly getting along with the way this car looked, in the grey colour it really showed off the complex surfaces. The interior, again, was a very pleasant place to be. The red accents may not be to everybody's taste but I think they worked well to lift the interior. The black inserts did look quite cheap, however.

I wasn't expecting the detuned 2.0ltr engine to surprise me with its turn of speed and it didn't. Performance was adequate but nothing more, I found I wasn't bothering to overtake when I would have in my own car and
With various drive settings, eco pro, comfort and a couple of sport options, it felt most urgent in Sport and more dimwitted in Eco Pro.

To drive it rolled more than car and was more caught out by changes in the road but overall, if driven without really pressing on it was very relaxing.

Fuel economy seemed to be very good. I didn't have to fill it up and over the 150 miles I had it the fuel gauge barely changed.

Overall I liked it, more so than I was expecting. An estate would better fit in with my needs so I might have to give one a go sometime.




Seems you now get all manner of crap when you've had the car serviced, BMW water and mints no less!

Martin

I reallylike the grey, especially on the estate.  I don't like the cloth seats or the black plastic trim strips, the aluminium trim is a lot nicer.  

I'd like to try one of the more powerful versions.

Imagine that engine in a 5 series.....  
Michael

With more power I think it'd be fabulous. I can't imagine that engine being great in the heavier 5...
Martin

Michael wrote:
With more power I think it'd be fabulous. I can't imagine that engine being great in the heavier 5...


No, neither can I.....

I think I'll arrange a test drive in a 330/335d at some point. I'm not sure about the size though, it feels a lot smaller and slightly claustrophobic in comparison to mine.  But the 5 series feels bigger..... Maybe a panoramic sunroof in the 3 might help?
Twelfth Monkey

If most of your journeys are one-up, surely you'd acclimatise?  Whenever I see a new 3, how much like a car from the class above, size-wise, it seems.
Michael

The car didn't feel any bigger than mine to drive but I think it is wider. I was surprised how compact it looked on my drive but I think your model of A4 would be substantially smaller.
I looked at a new 5 earlier in the year and they are gigantic. Vast inside and feel it, I liked the size of this three and with a lighter interior and sunroof I don't think it would feel small.
Twelfth Monkey

The new A3 saloon looks A4-sized to me, based upon my car's age.  And I suspect it's closer that the 3 series.
Martin

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
If most of your journeys are one-up, surely you'd acclimatise?  Whenever I see a new 3, how much like a car from the class above, size-wise, it seems.


You might be right.  Mine felt huge when I first got it, but I'm rather used to it after 123,000 miles! The Boxster doesn't feel too small when the roof is down, which is why I thought a sunroof might be the answer.  Rear legroom is the most important dimension, as my 12 year old is just about to pass Lindsay in height and I need the seat a fair way back, further back than some cars allow.

A 5 series does look and feel nicer inside though and you can improve it further with comfort seats, nappa leather etc.
PhilD

The bottle of water is a nice touch but that mint looks a bit big.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Martin wrote:
I reallylike the grey


Oh good  
PR

The 3 series I had recently while mine was being fixed seemed very spacious, with a surprisingly large boot. Surely only a family of giants would find it too small!!

I agree that the current 5 is utterly vast. They certainly won't fit within your typical supermarket car park space.
gooner

PR wrote:
The 3 series I had recently while mine was being fixed seemed very spacious, with a surprisingly large boot. Surely only a family of giants would find it too small!!

I agree that the current 5 is utterly vast. They certainly won't fit within your typical supermarket car park space.


Considering that I struggle to get the insignia in to some of the tighter local council car parks I come across, I imagine the wider and longer 5 series is a nightmare. And I probably wouldn't dare try taking the latest 7 series or S class into the local multi-storey!
Tim

From the drivers seat the shape of the bonnet on the current 5 emphasises its size - it doesn't fall away like normal so you're much more aware of the length of it.
PhilD

Neighbour has just replaced a white E90 estate with a grey F30 and had them both for a week. I actually preferred the E90, and, dare I say it, I think it's because of the colour. In white with good size anthracite alloys and roof bars it just has more about it.
Alf McQueef

Sounds like an improvement, because a long two days spent in an E90 318id (a post-LCI SE saloon) was extremely miserable. I did everything from long motorway runs to blats across the peak district and while the handling was superb, the performance was in the "utterly miserable" range - it struggled with hills on the motorway in top and was difficult to get to move at all quickly. MPG wise it gave low 40's in normal driving and 50 ish when really trying to eke it out - given that was only a 10mpg improvement over mine I was far from sold.

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