We don’t usually mention the pricing of the vehicle in this chapter, but to get an idea of how gifted our test car was, we have to start by telling you that we drove a car that was priced at EUR36,600 (USD48,600 at the current exchange rates) and carrying goodies worth EUR 26,400 (USD35,000).
Since this is a BMW, we’ll start with the part that influences the driving dynamics. First and foremost, our test car was fitted with the Adaptive M chassis and the variable sport steering.
Basically, this means that you’ve got more cars built into one, with the switch between the personalities being made using a little button placed next to the gear shifter. You can choose between the Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport + modes and we can tell you that the active dampers really act different in the Comfort and Sport modes and so does the steering. Any driver, regardless of the skill, will feel the difference and find the one that’s more suitable for him or her.
Another extremely important optional tech feature is the paddle-fitted eight-speed automatic transmission, one of the best torque converter units on the marker today. This perfectly complements the engine’s multi-purpose character, further increasing the overall versatility of the car.
Moving to the other side of this chapter, we’ll mention the Head-Up Display, a function that takes one second to get used to and a few days to get over after you drive another car that doesn’t have it, the power front seats with a heating function (the latter was also available for the rear seats), the adaptive Xenon headlights, the Professional satnav system, which is really intuitive and useful and the Hi-Fi harman/kardon audio system that relies on 16 speakers to turn the car into a concert hall.
We also have to mention the systems that didn’t impress us all that much. First, there’s the automated parking system. This just doesn’t work in the real world, simply because technology hasn’t gone that far yet, so forget about it. The same goes for the high beam assistant, which only works in ideal conditions.
Next, we have the surround view system, which is useful when parking, but lacks the ability to offer you a full understanding of the surrounding world. It doesn’t include a front view camera and it can’t really show you the height of the objects around you, so you’ll have to use it with certain cautions.
We’ll also mention the adaptive xenon headlights, the rain sensors, the adaptive cruise control, the heated steering wheel and the keyless access systems. In addition to that, we have BMW’s Internet and Apps - the vehicle came fitted with an iPhone, which it used to connect to the Internet in order to allow us to use various apps, such as social networks and web radio.
Our test car topped all that with a series of BMW accessories, including floor mats, a luggage bag and an iPad support that allows the rear passengers to play with the Apple tablet. In addition to that, the list of extra goodies for our test car also included safety features
, such as the lane departure warning and the blind spot monitoring function.Continue reading