OK, this car almost, and I emphasize the word "almost"... ahem... changed my perception about automobiles which use that unnameable fuel that is also used by farming equipment and people with too few brain cells. No, I'm not taking that back, it's been... ahem... scientifically proven that diesel fuel's main victim when burned is the brain. Because... ahem... you know, CO2 emissions aren't everything that comes up a car's exhaust.
Too few people are aware of this incredible thing I just learned last night while... ahem... surfing on the web. Apparently diesel automobiles are even illegal in countries like Greece, because the... ahem... particulates exiting the cars' exhausts are damaging the millennium old monuments they have there. Can you imagine that?
Yeah, yeah, I know all about those fancy pancy diesel particulate filters most of the manufacturers are equipping their... ahem... cars with, but the fact remains, diesel cars are screwing with your brain. Literally.
Other than that, this 330d xDrive is quite a nice car. Apart from the all-wheel-drive it has all your regular... ahem... BMW attributes: it's mildly ugly and uncomfortable, it has a crowded interior and it goes like stink. Oh, and an inline six under the hood, which kind of makes up for the fact that... ahem... it uses the wrong type of fuel.
If this had been a 330i without that fancy... ahem... all-wheel-drive system and no stinking turbo under the hood, I might have given it a better mark, since it would have... ahem... at least kept its heritage. Since it's bloody obvious that's not the case, I give this the thumb down.