Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

This is a BMW 3 Se­ries, so it’s go­ing to per­form with a high level of dy­namic as­sur­ance thanks to its ex­cel­lent weight dis­tri­bu­tion and rear-drive chas­sis. Fac­tor in the 330e’s plen­ti­ful torque, re­spon­sive throt­tle and clin­i­cal gear­box and you have a ma­chine de­signed to rise to the oc­ca­sion of Mill­brook’s hill route.

And then the rain came. Where grip could be found, our test car ex­hib­ited good bal­ance and the DSC was re­fresh­ingly sym­pa­thetic from the per­spec­tive of a keen driver. How­ever, our car was also over-wheeled and too firmly sprung and the lim­its of its chas­sis were reached re­gret­tably early. As a re­sult, the front axle of­ten washed wide of apices and the rear strug­gled for trac­tion with the ap­pli­ca­tion of any mean­ing­ful amount of lock. Look to the M Sport springs and run-flat tyres for the rea­son why. It’s a car at the mercy of the weather, to be sure.

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