I've been running the car for a couple of months now, bought new. The car is styled nicely in the 'Sport' trim, particularly with its grey and aluminium-look alloys, and wide body skirts. Inside, the Sport model offers red detailing including seat and steering wheel stitching, and a red trim below the piano black veneer on the dash. The iDrive system works in true, original BMW style, although the iPhone cable that connects the 30 pin connector to both USB and AUX input at the same time can be expensive and temperamental. Seating position is relatively comfortable, although I have done no journey longer than a couple of hours or so as yet. The car is my first, aged 17, so I was particularly looking for the most under-powered engine variant in order to obtain satisfactory insurance quotes. Obviously, it doesn't have any spare power lying in wait for risky overtaking or impressive acceleration on motorways, but it does have enough grunt in the lower gears for sharp starts, and acceleration from say 30-50 is very brisk. 105 BHP is enough for this car, but if your insurance premiums are more affordable than mine then I'd recommend not simply going for the lowest powered model without at least trying faster versions as well. The Sport and Sport + modes are great fun on country road, whilst Eco Pro mode seems to deliver impressive fuel saving results. However, the avg MPG so far has been well under what I had expected from such a small engine and body.
Laurie Mackrell, East Lothian, January 11th 2013