Pros 1. The Turbo charger delivers strong power from idle to 7000 RPM
2. Sport setting works
3. > 20 MPG in town
3. The iDrive system is top of the line
4. Beautiful car, inside and out
5. Just enough road noise to remind you your driving
6. HK stereo
Cons 1. A little on the expensive side with all the toys
2. The different 'lines' are mostly trim and color selections
3. A 4 liter V8 option would be nice
4. No room for a spare tire if I wanted to carry one
Summary I bought my 2012 BMW 335i as a new car in 2013. With the price dramatically reduced to get it off the showroom floor I walked into a deal I just couldn't turn down. Previously and almost exclusively I had bought American cars in the past so this is my first BMW daily driver. After a month with my new car here is what I know.
The 2012 re-design lengthened the car, widened the car, and added a turbo charger to their already proven inline six. The ride and driving characteristics are adjustable into three modes; ECO PRO, Comfort, and Sport. The ECO PRO mode dampens anything that uses energy to the point that the car seems sluggish and slow but it says you are saving gas. I couldn't drive it there long enough to find out. Comfort mode is very drivable and has a softer luxury oriented feel. I personally like the Sport mode the best. The transmission shifts more aggressively, the engine idles at a point high enough to keep the turbo spun up, and the ride is stiffened to help with cornering. The Sport mode turns my luxury comfort machine into an aggressive responsive amazing driving machine. The engine quickly spins up to 7000 RPM with no loss of power. The transmission shifts smoothly with your foot on the floor and the speed limit is only seconds away from being a thing of the past. The first time i decided to really launch off the starting line just to see what my BMW would do I was firmly pressed into the back of my seat and before I realized it I was passing 85 miles an hour and was merging onto the interstate. Being a little bold in my new car I decided to run the engine to the 7000 RPM red line again and somewhere along the way 100 mph was history. At (a bit) past 100 mph the car felt solid and the ride was confident. I was still accelerating quickly when my curiosity was satisfied I slowed to acceptable highway speeds. The heads up display was useful to let me keep my eyes on the road and see how fast I was going at the same time.
The entertainment system is much more than just a radio and is but one component of the very impressive iDrive system. To put it simply, iDrive and I think alike. The first time I used iDrive was during a test drive and everything was right where I expected it to be, easy to find and easy to use. The voice commands worked the first time I tried. No training to my voice was required. The Harmon Kardon sound system is awesome and I found the equalizer easy to use. The sound is excellent and sources include Sirius, AM, FM, CD, DVD, external usb or blue tooth connected devices, and even internet radio if your phone supports it.
Leather seating, moon roof, variable driver settings, fantastic technology, beautiful designs inside and out, and all of it works together perfectly. I am more than pleased with my 335i and now get a big smile on my face when it's time to drive anywhere.
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