I currently drive a BMW 320d SE Saloon and was skeptical about dropping down to a smaller coupe, as I predominantly drive motorway miles but this little beauty has caught me by surprise! I had the pleasure of driving the 123d M Sport Coupe and I was gutted to give it back. The sport makes you feel very special indeed as the last time I had "fun" driving was when I had my MX-5 - this is one car built for driving pleasure! The economy of the car was brilliant, considering it returned an avg 47mpg on a 201BHP, <7 sec 0-60 car! Road noise wasn't an issue at speed, and the M sports suspension setup didn't cause any concerns even on some bumpy roads. If you enjoy driving, want a car for commuting for two or less people, and want the re-assurance of all things BMW - this is the car for you! My 3 series felt bland, boring and sluggish when I saw back in it and I am looking forward to my new vehicle arriving in March. My only qualm is the lack of space in the back - if BMW lengthened the car by another 30mm, it would be perfect but space is extremely limited and there is no graceful way to get out other than fumble your way, clasping at the seat, support handle and the unlucky person holding the door open!
Jason Tang, January 4th 2008