I would love to have seen an extra car in the April issue’s Giant Test: my BMW 335d xDrive M Sport Touring. Having recently taken delivery of one I am constantly amazed by its on-road performance, 4
tractability and practicality. While it most certainly doesn’t deliver anything like the aural pleasure of an AMG V8 or the sheer delight of a decent Alfa, the BMW betters the rivals you tested on fuel consumption (it’s a dastardly diesel after all) and price. I am not aware of another four-wheeldrive car that offers the ‘bang per buck’ of this particular BMW and feel that it is too often overlooked; it’s most certainly all the car I could ever need and with dealers offering new ones at less than £40k it really is a bargain in comparison to the cars tested.
I was thinking the same thing recently, prompted by a similar car – the BMW 530d xDrive I ran in the Our Cars pages last year. Certainly it hadn’t the punch or the soundtrack of an M3 (or an M5) but its composure, easy speed, practicality and relative economy were pretty compelling recompense. I guess it’s about how regularly you work to exploit the dynamic and performance edge cars like the Giulia QV and the AMG C63 undoubtedly have, and therefore how acceptable their compromises are. BM