However good this one maybe, I’d rather wait a few months and get the new shape, just released, which will be current for many years to come.
You may not get the 330d in the new shape! I was under the impression they are all 4 cylinder engines then again I stand to be corrected as always
Nope the 6 cylinder twin turbo remains. Also, the 330d will probably be released at a later date… Diesels are volume sellers in Europe. Whether it comes here depends on the sales of the current 330d. Given Merc sells a 3.0 litre diesel with its C class, BMW will more than likely compete with its own.
Dont like the new shape.
Or wait 5 years to buy this one and pick up an absolute bargain.
These German D’s are the shizzle, pity more people dont get the diesel thing over here….drove a new 520D the other week was the best 5 in the line up IMO
Agree diesels are shizzlehouse. The gurus tell me well that I am need to drive “modern” diesels, have done so, have the same opinion as before,noisy, dirty and don’t want one. Others have an opinion and so do I. Mine is the only one that counts when push comes to shove.
What modern diesels have you driven? I’ve driven the current model BMW 320d and X5 30d and they are just sublime! I’ve also driven the current 335i and as good as that was, I actually enjoyed the power delivery from the oilers even more. There’s just so much torque on tap.
This year C Class.Passat CC.3 series BMW. Mondeo all sound like trucks.Don’t care about torque, more interested in protecting my hearing.Sublime to you maybe, slime to me.
u talk poo , about shizzle
Be more than a few months until the new Coupe is out. The new 3 Sedan will arrive in 2012 but it will likely be 18 months+ before the 2 door shows up here.
Nice as usual, but who can afford 94k for a smallish car and worse yet, lose about 50k in depreciation over 5 yrs?
Most cars depreciate 50% in less than 5 years so your figures, if accurate, are not bad. Residual values in the 3 series coupes tends to be very good as there is a lot of demand in the second hand market.
The real question is, can you buy a $94K vehicle that would depreciate less? I don’t think so.
Nice review Alborz, I was looking forward to it after seeing your LinkedIn comment yesterday.
over 5 years try 3
If you can spend $94k you can spend $115
Just buy a Porsche Boxster and be done with it
That’s like saying “Australian housing is the most overpriced in the world, so Aussies should be willing to pay rip-off retail prices at Harvey Norman too”!
I case you need 4 seats and a boot, you better off with the Bimmer.
Better still is the X3 30d. More room, a slightly better engine (190 kW/560 nm), much the same fuel economy and performance, gives some but not much away in handling, better ride – and its considerably cheaper.
Not much? An almost 2 tonne SUV vs a finely tuned sedan?
Why do people insist in comparing SUVs to sedans?
X3 30d…..ha ha ha what a joke…ugly noisy and totally undesirable’
Quick correction, those wheels are 19″, M Sport package gives you 18″s but you can option 19″. They’re definately 19″ on that car.
And why they wouldn’t option the satin shadowline is beyond me, the chrome looks hideous on the baclk m sport.
You’re right. Thanks, corrected.
I’d take the sedan then would be the perfect car, for me anyhow.
Id rather get a second hand m3 for performance in mind. with 100k to spend on a car and thinking diesel money savings ud be a rich penny pincher
Awesome car all round. I’d love to have an E92 3 Series at some stage. IMO it’s one of the best looking BMW’s at the moment. However the 19″ alloys look too big for the car. When I saw the first photo I thought some bogan might have debadged a 320i and thrown some bigger mags on it. The wheels don’t really echo the subtlety of the rest of the car.
Really nice article. BMW always make nice cars, but i feel like this car is for some gangsters or politicians (because characters are the same 😉
need a update of interior setting… look dated!
Dan, I would have to agree, I can’t quite say what it is but the interior does look ‘old’. Having said that, very nice car though! Excellent engineering.
I’d sooner buy a Jaguar XF 2.2D
Or pay a few grand more (than the 330) and get the 3 litre twin turbo Jag. Interior is much nicer, 5 seats, and the shape is prettier but it’s a bigger car.
THE A5 looks pretty good but this is the best looking coupe out there , magic economy the huge highway grunt .
Sorry to learn you are visually impaired.
Excellent car. 180kW and 520Nm from 1750 rpm very easy to drive. Good acceleration 6.1 to 100 and fuel economy 8 in the city!!
Looks dated! Yawn-fest 2011.