The M’s length, which sits just shy of 5 meters, recommends it for anything but city driving. Its overall width, which exceeds 2 meters if we also consider the mirrors, doesn’t help either. We can’t even say anything positive about the amount of fuel used while trying to navigate the agitated urban waters.
The engine isn’t even close to being the most frugal in its class. The six cylinders of the 3.0-liter diesel unit asked us around 13 liters of fuel in return to taking us through 100 km of city roads (18 mpg).
Not even the “Sport” position of the drive select knob teaches the seven speed automatic how to behave when the driver needs power “NOW!”, but this doesn’t bother you so much when you’re driving inside the city.
We are forced to end the negative part of this story, as certain parts of the car have gathered outside our office and are threatening to tar and feather us.
The demonstrators are led by the suspension, which manages to keep the potholes and irregularities from getting too up close and personal with the occupants’ bodies. Even speed bumps are handled with ease. Another important face belongs to the “feel-good” factor, which comes from the shape and feel of the interior, that make you imagine you’re in your own mobile city fortress.
The overall visibility is average for the segment we are talking about, so you’ll some time to get used to the vehicle before you can dance through the crowded traffic. Fortunately, the exterior mirrors offer a good visibility, keeping you from becoming a paint trader.
As for the assistance systems, the parking sensors and rearview camera really do their job well, while the Low Speed Following system comes in handy, but we really wished it would handle 100 percent of the... following and not ask the driver to step in. Another psychological advantage for city driving is offered by the Scratch Shield of the paint. We never got to test this, but maybe it was better this way.
If you want to use the M30d as a city ride you can do it, but don’t expect the car to excel at this - it’s not meant to and no, the diesel is not as economical as it should be.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
This thing looks real nice, I like the fact that I don't have to explain people why I'm a sporty guy - it's enough for them to see me behind the wheel. So what if it doesn't back that up with the same level of dynamics? Nobody has to know. I'll just sit in the driver's armchair and pretend that I'm only caressing the throttle, which, by the way, brings a sweet diesel rattle to my ears.I wonder why they bothered to hide that so well?
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