BMW 3 Series raises bar
chassis impressing at the technically challenging Autodromo Portimão track in Algarve, Portugal. The better agility, sharper steering responses and how the integrated BMW M Differential alongside xDrive manages power distribution throughout its four wheels is the stuff of engineering supremacy. The car felt able to juggle driveability with track-day antics.
But such are the improvements to the entire range above the previous model. Highlights are there in every aspect, from lessened noise and vibrations, especially how quieter in operation the 20d diesel engine has become.
There’s also more digital wizardry added to the catalogue. Take the new Reversing Assist as a case in point. Should you find yourself having to jink through a sort of chicane of a driveway, the car can reverse itself for distances of up to 50m by steering it along exactly the same line it has just taken when moving forward.