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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

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