"Great Car but Pricey"4.5 starson by micknugget1
Pros: Fuel Economy, Performance, Comfort
Cons: Expensive, Some commonplace features are options
Summary: After driving just about every car in the entry luxury class, I bought the new BMW. It had the best balance of performance, comfort, and style.
The interior is a big upgrade from previous versions but still a little plain. I can't for the life of me understand another reviewer calling it "too busy". The seats are very comfortable and it's roomy inside. The exterior looks sleek and sporty. The engine and transmission are wonderful. I was skeptical about BMW going from a 6 to a 4 turbo but they did a great job. The 8 speed automatic is so good that I bought it despite driving manuals for the last 25 years. The car also gets great gas mileage (supposedly) but I cannot confirm that yet.
On the downside, many commonplace options cost extra and it's not hard to see the price of the car jump up quickly. I also wasn't thrilled by the start stop but I didn't experience the rocking back and forth that the Cnet tester did. I didn't even notice the car shut off. The is however a slight shudder at restart and I would turn the feature off for spirited driving. I bought the base model with what I consider necessities (sunroof, heated seats and heated steering wheel) and kept he price under $40k out the door. At that price, it was by far the best car for the money.
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