2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review




2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

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    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    And thanks for reading Autoblog. In my mix of city and freeway driving, the car turned in a very respectable 28 mpg. Transmission 6-speed manual transmission. With 13 speakers, it produced very good sound.

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    BMW 3-Series Specs: 2-Door Coupe i xDrive AWD Specifications

    The Good The BMW i gets excellent efficiency from its 3-liter engine, helped by an eight-speed automatic. Cabin tech includes connected features, a very capable navigation system, and an impressive stereo. The Bad Bad trim and option choices take much of the life out of the i, and interior options make the cabin beyond banal.

    The idle-stop feature makes the car stall when the engine is cold. The Bottom Line As optioned, this example of a BMW i makes for an acceptable commuter car with some very advanced cabin tech features and good fuel economy, but a few different choices could turn it back into an ultimate driving machine. With BMW's monolithic engineering focus, I've found it easy to be impressed with the company's cars.

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    Each model exhibits a hands-on driving appeal, a level of performance that cooperates with and rewards the driver. Even in the age of road-holding electronics, BMW implemented them so as to still let the driver throw the rear end out to a degree. That was my mindset as I eagerly got behind the wheel of the BMW i, but even before starting up the engine I noticed something was wrong.

    Walking up to the car, I appreciated the low position of the kidney grille, and how each side was connected to the headlights, which had a devilish expression of their own. However, opening the door I was greeted by an ocean of beige in the same shade as old computers, a color that was meant to be inoffensive in offices of the s and '90s. From leather to plastic surfaces, all was tinted in this excruciatingly oppressive beige.

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    Looking to the instrument cluster for some relief, I was horrified to discover that even the gauge faces were beige, or Oyster in BMW terminology. Give me gauges in black or white, grey or yellow, but beige? Adding insult to injury, BMW also attached a few heavily textured pieces, ostensibly real wood but with a very plastic feel, around the cabin as trim pieces.

    This trim looked and felt frighteningly bad, but it gets worse yet. When putting the car through the kinds of paces that exercised its torsional rigidity, that plastic groaned and creaked, making the whole car feel a bit cheap. The positive footnote to this rant is that the i reviewed by CNET is not the only style available. The interior-design horror movie represented by this car was the result of a few injudicious choices in the Modern line, such as the Fineline Pure trim pieces.

    Although it seems that the Oyster gauge backings come standard in the Modern line, so best to steer clear of that one completely. Another strike against the Modern line comes from the suspension, which felt tuned for comfort. BMW made its reputation on cars that could be driven hard on the weekends, but would also serve the daily commuter. This i only met half of that equation. Going into a tight mountain turn at speed, the suspension felt loose, letting the body of the car float dreamily while the tires tried to bite into the pavement.

    2012 bmw 335i xdrive coupe review

    In this type of intensive driving, the i tended to understeer, something I never would have expected in a BMW. The steering wheel seemed lifeless, merely serving as a control mechanism rather than offering the tied-to-the-road feeling found in other BMW models. Dynamic handling comes extra Just as different color choices could have saved the cabin, an optional package choice would have made this i more enjoyable to drive. As it was, I would have been just as happy driving a Camry.

    In normal driving situations, on city streets and on the freeway, the driving character of the i felt like nothing special. The steering lacked the heavy, engaged feel of previous generations and the ride quality didn't justify the price of this small sedan. Again, these faults can most likely be fixed through different option choices. The i comes with one of the best engines on the market, a 3-liter inline six-cylinder benefiting from direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger, with output figures of horsepower and pound-feet of torque.

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