The BMW options list!<br />DAB radio not included as standard.<br />Non Xenon headlamps not as good as the car's performance demands.
The 182 bhp turbo diesel makes light work of towing our Lunar 540-2. The outfit is very stable and it is easy to keep up with the traffic on 'A' roads. Motorway driving is relaxed and the outfit easily holds a speed to keep ahead of HGV's even on motorway gradients. Due to the van's size, crosswinds can be felt, but the Alko stabiliser plus the car's weight keep things under control.<br />The smooth and reliable cruise control makes cruising on motorways a very easy job, as long as there isn't too much traffic, which is a rare event these days.
Solo performance belies the fact that this is a large Saloon with only a 2 litre engine. The gearbox can be a little sluggish to drop a gear or two sometimes, but a firm prod on the right pedal always wakes it up. Put the shift lever into sport mode and down shifts happen before you ever thought about it. Up shifts move up 500 revs too, giving quite a bit more urge, at the expense of lower economy of course.<br />Normal about town numbers are in the high 30's, on a longer motorway run high 40's are easily achieved with restraint, even running with the 'outside lane herd' cruising above the legal limit 45mpg+ can still be seen on the remarkably accurate trip computer.
Run flat tyres only, so no spare, and there is no space for one.<br />Factory fit tow bar is a £800 option. It deploys at the push of a button and hides away when not needed, a really nice feature. The ball had a very abrasive surface when new, despite several smoothing sessions with sand paper, I replaced two sets of stabiliser pads before it was 'run in'. The 13 pin socket is not wired for the 'fridge or battery charging as supplied.
Very easy to live with, I like the security offered by Saloons with a proper boot, and don't miss the hatchback or estate loading bay.<br /><br />Controls and buttons are readily at hand. This is the first car I have had where the front and rear fog lamp switches are positioned so it is obvious which is front and which is rear.<br /><br />The steering wheel is a little offset towards the door, and some of the display hides behind the wheel when it is set so the top of the main dials is visible. I've grown used to it, but you may find it more annoying.<br /><br />The iDrive computer takes a while to get used to, but after a while it becomes intuitive and gives more control than you really need.<br /><br />Rear traction in snow or mud can be an issue, those wide run-flat tyres readily clog up and slip.
This is a Company car so I was not involved with the buying process.
Excellent engine, gearbox (8 speed auto), heated leather seats and climate control. Front and rear parking sensors work really well, making this large car easy to park.