Bmw 330i 2018 Car Review

Bmw 330i 2018 Car Review

I have to​ reveal up front that I own an​ older 3-series BMW, so I am quite aware of​ its abilities and drawbacks. And as​ many different types of​ cars that I drive, I am always happy to​ return to​ my baby. But when I got behind the wheel of​ the new 330i (Edmunds pricing at​ $39,184) I could tell that this machine was a​ sharp step up in​ performance within a​ quarter mile.

At my first ride in​ the driver’s seat, I couldn’t get over the ergonomics of​ the steering wheel. Every car has one, and I’ve handled a​ few unusual ones, but my grip has never felt more at​ home than with this 330i. (Unfortunately, it​ wasn’t a​ heated steering while like the 7-series, and it​ was quite cold outside.) Then BMW mates this steering wheel with very precise steering for a​ sedan-level car.

The German automobiles avoid the low-end torque that American makers’ design, instead they offer a​ slower launch, but smoother, linear acceleration. And the silky 6-cylinder engine is​ particularly noticeable with a​ manual transmission in​ this car. BMW finally added a​ 6th gear for the stick shift, and I say it​ is​ overdue. My old one has 50,000 miles and the gearing still makes me look for 6th when I run up through the gears – but sadly there are only 5 to​ be had. Since the 330i generates 255 horsepower, far more than I am used to​ for daily driving, I may have to​ upgrade my radar detector.

Yes, the car basics are spectacular – engine, ride, steering (even the steering wheel), but the electronics controls are a​ comical disappointment. Anyone that has driven this car has a​ story about turning on the turn signals from one side to​ the other and back again, during a​ vain attempt to​ turn them off. I know people in​ the area gave me a​ wider berth, thinking I was a​ confused and lost driver. The turning signal lever doesn’t ‘click’ into place as​ the rest of​ the world has come to​ commonly expect turn signals to​ function. With the 330i, you tap the signal, such as​ for passing, and it​ automatically flashes three times and then turns off. But you can hold the lever a​ little longer, and you get your normal-action from the turn signal. But on a​ soft turn, where the signal doesn’t turn off, you have to​ flick it​ the other way to​ turn it​ off. But in​ the hurry of​ the moment, if​ it​ is​ more than a​ flick, then you just indicated from your signals that you are turning in​ the opposite direction. And this goes back & forth every once in​ a​ while until you get accustomed to​ it.

Other electronic oddities are the Navigation/Radio controls. There are many models of​ cars where you can intuitively muddle your way to​ what you want to​ get done. I couldn’t generate that kind of​ luck while I was driving. My passenger had to​ repeatedly go through the owners’ manual that didn’t offer much guidance to​ get the map or​ radio station the way we wanted. And we didn’t even have the added i-drive option that so many customers complain about. I’m at​ a​ loss to​ explain the miss-timing of​ the automatic windshield wipers. I love that Jaguar has this feature down pat, but the 330i wipers were always going too fast or​ too slow; so kept having to​ manually adjust the automatic windshield wipers. an​ electronic improvement over the prior 3-series model is​ the traction control system. The old model would cut the power to​ the wheels in​ an​ obvious fashion, while this model is​ a​ seamless experience of​ artificially superior driving skill.

So while the driving experience is​ a​ quantum level improvement over the last generation change at​ BMW, their electronics package gives me some hesitation in​ buying one of​ these machines. in​ bumper to​ bumper traffic, the electronic gadgetry of​ the 330i becomes more annoying; and only on curvy roads without traffic or​ law enforcement can you experience the thrill of​ what this car can offer.

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