Our 330d has been out to the countryside, couriering two people and a dog down to Hampshire for a long weekend.

While some adults have complained about the rear leg space – not helped by the excellent and large M Sport front seats – there’s plenty of room for a terrier. And though the boot’s a good 20 litres shy of any premium rival at 460 litres, we still crammed in a weekend’s worth of stuff without thought about how to pack it sensibly.

The 330d once more proved its strengths as an all-rounder, equally adept at a Friday night journey around the M25 as it was on the open stretches of Hampshire roads. It also registered an impressive 40.6mpg for the round trip from south London.

My initial worries about the BMW‘s ride quality, especially on much-criticised run-flat tyres, have proved largely unfounded. Yes, it’s firm, but I’d go with sporting rather than harsh, and it certainly isn’t enough to make you think twice about hefty journeys. As well as Hampshire, the 330d has made a football-related trip north to Huddersfield and numerous other journeys that have seen us put 7000 miles on the clock in four months.

BMW 330d saloon M sport
Mileage 13,473
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price £33,555
Model price range £21,520-£49,520
CO2 (tax) 152g/km/21%
BIK 20/40% per month £117/£235
Service interval variable mls
Insurance group 17
Warranty 3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space 460litres
Engine size/power 2993cc/245PS
Top speed/0-62mph 155mph/6.1secs
Why we’re running it Is our first 10/10
road test car as
good to live with
Positive Engine, chassis,
running costs
Negative Notchy gear change,
options cost