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Nice amount of power whenever you need it. DCT transmission is performance engineered and creates an awesome driving experience. Very classy car and with the hardtop convertible it's like having two different cars. We've had 5 different BMW's over the last18 years and this is by far the best one yet!
Excellent piece of engineering. Very nice to drive, far superior to the Audi A4, and the Volvo S60. The responsiveness and handling was superior to the Mercedes C300, but not by as significant a margin as the Audi and Volvo. The steering and transmission are what I like the best about the 335xi, but the model I bought has the sports package so I think that contributes to a bit of a hard ride. If you like smoother rides and bump handling, look hard at the Mercedes C class, that car handled bumps well and had a very smooth suspension. Feature wise, the 335xi has more features than I will ever really use. I only wish the navigation system posted the speed limit for the stretch of road you are driving on, that is a feature I really like with the stand alone Garmin models. The heated seats are awesome and get so hot so quickly I wonder what impact that is having on the battery, but so far I've had no issues. If anything, this car has some extremely well thought out engineering in every single little detail. Now that I've driven this car for several hundred miles around the area, I doubt I'll be able to go back to another sedan again. I believe I will be driving BMWs for a long time to come.
I had owned a few reasonably priced high strung sports cars before including a WRX STI, a Lotus Elise and a Porsche Cayman S. I would say that it is an overstatement to claim that this car drives like a sports car. It very nearly does. What really ruins it I suspect are the run flat tires. Not only are they expensive, but the sidewalls are so stiff BMW decided to spring their cars soft even with sports package. So you have this interesting combination of sometimes harsh, sometimes too soft feel. Having said that, the car has a great balance. When you loose it, everything just seems to happens in slow motion in a very predictable way. I had never driven anything like it. Overall, it is an easy car to live with that has a bit of zing. Reasonably comfortable, fast, good handling, safe and etc. It does hit that sweet spot nicely. I sure wish the car came with REAL tires though but that I suspect isn't as easy as simply swaping out tires. It will likely to require replacing springs AND shocks if you do not want to ruin handling.