Autocar: The best car in the real world for 30,000 pounds

3-Series | March 25th, 2012 by 9

The new 2012 BMW 320d Sport scores five-star rating in the latest Autocar UK test drive review. The last car to achieve this status was …

The new 2012 BMW 320d Sport scores five-star rating in the latest Autocar UK test drive review. The last car to achieve this status was the Ferrari 458 Italia, one of the best Maranello-built sport cars.

In an unusual comparison, the UK magazine compares the highly-efficient 320d against Volkswagen Golf GTD, Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI Elegance estate, Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes-Benz E220 CDI BlueEfficiency SE. The comparison solely focuses on what’s more appealing to a customer looking for a vehicle at around 30,000 pounds.

“The 320d may be the best and most economical diesel sports saloon going, but who’s to say the £30,000 buyer might not turn up a faster, roomier, better-equipped proposition that’s more appealing on the eye and better value for money?”


Before we get to the final purchasing decision, let’s have a look at an excerpt from their review:

We departed London on a crisp and sunny winter morning, heading for one of our favourite haunts on the Marlborough Downs. Here was the world’s best rear-drive, four-door sports saloon matched against a compact limo, a top-class diesel hatchback, a vast but capable estate and a star-car SUV, all of them around £30,000. From my initial vantage point in the 320d I had absolutely no idea how things were going pan out by the time we’d done 80 miles on motorways, grappled with rutted and pock-marked B-roads, forged country lanes barely a car’s width wide, attacked a selection of corners and brought it back home by dawdling through town.

Behind the wheel

One thing I quickly learned was that I’d developed a dislike for the BMW’s fascia – the bit of a car you spend most time looking at. Apart from lacking brightwork in favour of dull, foil-like accents, the BMW is hamstrung by a simplified iDrive system that, good idea that it is, doesn’t deliver ease of use. Chuck in a lack of logic to its architecture and you get a car whose most important cabin components (excellent sports seats aside) are poor.

Read the full article at Autocar

9 responses to “Autocar: The best car in the real world for 30,000 pounds”

  1. Giom says:

    Ah, the back door. Wonder why they had to ‘adjust’ their opinion? Were the Rangy guys throughing their toys? Were they getting too much flack for being too honest about a BMW?

    And, what kind of journalism is, “I quickly learned that I’d developed a dislike in tha BMWs fascia…” that’s blogging talk. Look, if the BMW arn’t aloud to win here, find a real flaw. Oh, that’s right, there arn’t any (according to you five stars awarded).

    Lol, Autocar, must confused bunch of people in the industry…

  2. Fauzi says:

    of course BMW…..i own one…..

  3. Ext says:

    stupid british

  4. RegSnr says:

    u have no idea how much “power and fun” it is to drive that toy, you got behind the wheel with your preconceived thoughts hence your instant negative conclusion, gotta love it… and yes i own one, tried the A4, C class but BMW have an adrenaline effect on me everytime i take those suicidal bends

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