Exceptional blend of comfort and performance
June 25, 2018
I've owned three BMW 3-series vehicles, all F30 body types (same models), in various configurations from this 335i 6-cylinder turbo to a 4-cylinder Diesel all-wheel drive model. This 335i is the best of the lot. While the original MSRP creeps up into 5-series price, it retains the compact exterior of a 3-series but includes all of the luxury features you want in a high-end model. For starters, the available power in the 300 hp I-6 engine just destroys anything in the same class or price range from Audi or Mercedes, but the power is deceptive and very smooth with traction well controlled by BMW's DSC and handling control. Also, despite the fact that it has a 3-liter turbocharged engine, I still average 26 mpg in my mixed highway/city street commute, the same as I do in my 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged 328i, and much better than the 22 mpg I averaged in my 2004 Audi A4 quattro. I personally attribute this to the power the engine has - it doesn't take a heavy application of throttle to get the car moving. The interior is designed for a driver. At first I hated the iDrive system that BMW uses, however, I travel often for business, and after suffering through the systems that Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Hyundai, and Chevrolet use, especially for audio controls, I realize how much more intuitive the BMW system is. The 360-degree camera system is something I thought would be a waste but is extremely helpful when parking and not wanting to curb a wheel. The front L/R cameras for pulling out are the same - what I initially thought of as a superfluous feature but have come to really appreciate. The heads-up display has user configuration options for the amount of information to display, the Bluetooth connectivity is simple to use and doesn't randomly call people or forget your device. The A/C keeps up with Las Vegas, NV, summers, and I haven't had an issues with the car to this point that would require me to use the CPO warranty or included additional maintenance and service coverage. All in all, this car - used - is excellent value and an outstanding entry-level European semi-luxury performance sedan.