This is a 330D Touring (New shape-E90) model. Having just purchased this lovely car, I am extremely happy with it. It drives superbly.
After reading the many mixed reviews regarding the Active Steering option, I strongly recommend it. Motoring Jounalists do not seem to like it.
The steering is far easier to handle in London's narrow streets and useful for tight parking spaces. The I-Drive will take a while to get used to, essentially it is a useful controller. The plastics on the dashboard appear to be of cheap quality but I can live with it.
Overall the car is like having an ugly partner, ugly, but preforms very well. I am actually pleased that Jeremy Clarkson and his mates on Top Gear found this car ugly. As soon as he said that, I placed my order! The options are far too expensive, I strongly recommend that you haggle with your dealer to get at least 4-6% discount on your total order value and that you get free of charge advanced wheel locking nuts. BMW have very lousy wheel locking nuts, make sure you get the best locks non BMW locks FREE OF CHARGE.
Until last week, I owned one of these. I've just (probably) written it off in a side-on collision at about 40 mph. I should be dead, or in hospital for Christmas, but thanks to the safety features - the airbags and, most importantly, the side impact protection bars - I walked away with nothing worst than bruises and some airbag burns.
In 23 years driving it's the first proper accident I've had and I'm exceptionally glad I chose a BMW. As soon as I can, I'll be ordering a replacement and I won't think of looking at anything less.
As for the other factors, such as running costs, I've scored it a 'four'. It's not expensive, but as a company car driver, the costs are greater than the government's stupid approved mileage allowance of 9p per mile at current fuel prices (someone tell me why a 1999cc diesel gets the same allowance as a 1400?).
In the cabin, I have leather seating which is fabulous, but as it's an ES everthing is a bit minimised. There's no cup holder, for goodness sake, and a rather poor radio and the aircon/heating is very poor.
Overall rating? As I count my arms and legs, I'm going for a five - it would be ungrateful not to.
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