Our friend Jonathan over at The Diesel Report published his report on the BMW 335d after three months of ownership.
“Three months after picking up the Montego Blue BMW 335d at the BMW Welt delivery center in Munich, it continues to provide consistent Freude am Fahren. Aside from one letter on the decklid badge, there is little in outward appearance that distinguishes the 335d from its petrol-powered counterpart, the 335i. Yet driving a 335d does make a very clear statement to the world, one that says “I want incredible fuel economy without sacrificing performance.” To put this more in BMW terms, “I want the ultimate fuel economy machine.”
The 335d does this by combining sports-car acceleration with exemplary fuel economy, and then adding in comfort and attention to detail. Indeed, this very combination may be the forerunner of a new breed of luxury-performance sedans.
The 3er Series was first introduced in 1975 as the successor to the 2002, the car that first defined the sports sedan. Since then, the BMW 3er Series has continued to define this genre and it is the car that other car makers try to emulate.
The 3er doesn’t attempt to pamper the driver and passengers; instead, it focuses on a driving experience that is unlike any other. One can recognize a 3er Series driver: he’s the one who is grinning from ear to ear after every trip. The 335d driver is grinning even more as he knows how much fuel he saving with every trip.”