6.5 or 36. We have to start the urban chapter of this test drive with the l/100 km and US mpg, respectively, numbers of the 320d as they are truly impressive for a car of this size and power. This fuel efficiency was recorded while driving in a crowded traffic, with this being a proof that the vehicle’s segment-leading status in terms of efficiency, which is offered by the official figures, isn’t a lie. Of course, if you don’t pay attention and don’t plan ahead, you can ad up to 50 percent to that, but it’s not difficult to drive this car in an economical way.
Moving past the frugality, we’ll tell you that the F30 feels at home on urban roads, with the sedan being extremely agile while being driven through heavy traffic. The fact that it’s now longer is compensated by the optional adaptive suspension and steering, which allow you to imitate an ice skater when you’re tackling the rush hour.
In fact, playing with the settings allow you to adapt to the type of city you live in, so you can use both suspended highways that take you from one side of the city to another, as well as bumpier roads in certain neighborhoods.
However, the relatively low city driving speeds reveal the vehicle’s Achilles’ Heel: the lack of refinement of the engine. At these speeds, the wind and the road noise are weak and you are a bit disturbed by the four-cylinder oil burner working its way up through the eight speeds of the optional automatic transmission.
As for the moments that come before and after the driving part, the rear-view camera, or the surround view system allow you to quickly deal with parking jobs. However, the optional surround view system leaves certain things to be desired: first of all, it doesn’t include a front camera, so you have to rely on the sensors for this part of the car and then there’s the weird distortion it comes with - you can’t really appreciate the height of the objects you’re close to and thus a curb can prove fatal for your rear fascia during parking.
The vehicle has a way of protecting you from the frenzy of everyday urban life, one that’s borrowed from the larger segments and if we add the generous rear passenger space, it wouldn’t be too strange to see a business man being chauffeured in one of these whether it's in iside a city or out on the open road
While the design might be everyone's favorite, it definitely manages to capture the attention of all those around you, so this is one status-boosting sedan. Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
The 3-Series needs no presentation. Just tell the world that you drive the new 3er and you’ll be the coolest guy around. And this is a 320d, an iconic car for me, so I absolutely love it. However, I really wouldn’t go for this girlish color - a BMW has to be black, white or silver.
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