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Our Fleet Test Drive: BMW 330d - 4th Report

Date: 13 May 2009   |   Author:

Cabin
Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £33,555
Key rival: Audi A4

As much as there's almost nothing to complain about with the BMW?330d, the use of the word 'almost' reveals there is a small moan.

It's the gearchange that provokes irritation in our otherwise virtually flawless BMW 330d. It's both stiff and notchy, provoking an unseemly fight on occasions instead of the fluid slotting from ratio to ratio that would be more pleasant.

Having to shove through an initial notch of resistance has led to the occasional learner-style crunching where I've lifted the clutch before the gear has engaged. Not amusing!

BMW 330d saloon M sport
Mileage13,473
Claimed combined
consumption
49.6mpg
Our average
consumption
39.6mpg
P11D price£33,555
Model price range£21,520-£49,520
CO2 (tax) 152g/km/21%
BIK 20/40% per month£117/£235
Service intervalvariable mls
Insurancegroup 17
Warranty3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space460litres
Engine size/power2993cc/245PS
Top speed/0-62mph155mph/6.1secs
Why we’re running itIs our first 10/10
road test car as
good to live with
long-term?
PositiveEngine, chassis,
emissions,
running costs
NegativeNotchy gear change,
options cost



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