It doesn’t matter if you use a front or a rear door to climb aboard the F30, you will instantly realize how important the fact that the car has grown in size is. The 3-Series feels almost like it belongs to a superior segment in terms of cabin room and is clearly on the podium of its class in terms of this. For example, the extra rear headroom and legroom turn the decision to buy a 5-Series into one that solely status-related.
The sport front seats, included in the Sport trim level, which came with the optional power and memory function (just for the driver’s one) quickly allowed us to find a comfortable driving position, one that helped us sustain hours and hours of driving.
If you thought that the exterior of the new 3er comes with complex details, wait ‘till you get to see the cabin. The driver is, of course, the center of attention, with the center console being angled by seven degrees towards him.
In fact, if you use the seat behind the steering wheel you’ll feel like in a cocoon, while the rest of the seats offer the impression of an open space. As for the 480-liter luggage space, this shares the number one spot in the segment with that of the Audi A4.
The ergonomics have been well thought out, but we’d still prefer Porsche’s “one function-one button” layout to BMW’s iDrive. The most impressive element of the dashboard is a 10-inch display that pleases the eye not only in the conventional way, but also through its slim construction.
The interior materials in our test car were a mix of premium - the aluminum on the dashboard and the superior, soft plastic - and just decent - the leather on the seats and steering wheel. As you know, the standard leather on BMW vehicles doesn’t quite raise up to the brand’s premium status. Not that this brings any consolation, but we have to mention that Mercedes has the same issue.
Our test car was loaded with features and we have to mention that while the Professional satnav system and the Harman/Kardon audio system were a nice touch, the black color of the Individual headliner and the red used for the secondary trimming won’t suit all tastes.
However, the element that impressed us the most was the soundproofing, with this being one of the most well balanced we’ve ever experienced. To be more precise, the noise is filtered enough in order to make the car a perfect long trip partner, but the vehicle somehow manages to offer an impression of speed, it doesn’t isolate the driver from what happens with the car.
This is accentuated by the fact that the seating position is a really low one, regardless of how you play with the seat, something that can be felt especially inside the city
. Thus, the 3-Series isn’t one of those cars in which speed is just a number on the instrument panel.Continue reading