This car handles like a dream. It has the best brakes I have ever seen. The steering actually responds to the brakes. Most other cars will loose their direction when you slam on the brakes and so you have to compensate by steering. With this car, slam on the brakes and the car does not change its direction. This is huge not only for safety but also performance because it enables you to drive the car while the car maintains its own control. The car's default setting is for a luxury ride. The transmission can be switched to sport mode with the gear shift to pass other cars. Or both the transmission and the motor can be switched to sport mode with the sport button for best overall performance. This car's performance in sport mode just gets better whereas some other cars tend to get squirrelly. Why drive those other cars in sport mode if they sacrifice control for speed? This car makes no such sacrifices. Having said that, normal mode performance is more than adequate for daily driving. I drive it sport mode just to have more fun with it. The moon roof is so large that it's like having a convertible without the problems of a convertible. The trunk is huge. The back seats are comfortable and they provide enough leg space for all but the tallest people. You can feel the quality in this car. It's built to last with systems that monitor their own quality control. Some cars will tell you that they need service but they won't provide any details. This car tells you exactly what service is necessary and when for many of its sytems, not just the engine. This car always turns heads and never fails to impress. I give it 5 out of 5 stars in all categories except value for the money. But I don't think anyone buys a BMW because its cheap. You're going to have to pay some premium for a car like this.
No other car I have owned (Porsche Carrera, Lexus, Volvo etc.), comes even close to the beauty and luxurious ride of this car. Every time I return home I am compelled to utter "God, I love that car." At times returning to me car briefly lost in thought, I will look up thrilled to marvel anew at how beautiful it is. I have never in my many years ever believed I could feel that way about a car. It is just plain fun every day.
My car has a 6 speed manual transmission and is a convertible rag top--do I really need to say any more? It is a blast to drive--probably the best handling car I have ever driven.