I previewed a Space Gray Metallic 535i F10 in SE trim on 16-Feb at Rybrook Warwick, in Warwickshire, England. No pictures were allowed so apologies in advanced - the car was even hidden behind screens to protect it from general view within the dealership.
My first observations were:
1. Well-proportioned if somewhat conservative exterior. The kidney grill looks great but the Volvo S80 type hood is a bit old-fashioned at a time when Jaguar, Mercedes, even Vauxhall and Honda are going the taut, flame-surfacing route.
2. No significant improvement in interior space (esp rear legroom) and boot space is actually less than current E60.
3. Several storage cubby holes every where (front and rear console)
4. Interior switchgear, layout … CONTINUED
Here’s the comparison everyone wants to see. Motortrend has undertaken the battle of the titans of the mid-sized german sedan market by pitting the 2011 535i against the 2010 Mercedes E350. Was there a clear winner? Check out the review to find out.
The BMW 3-series is no stranger to accolades, but it has just earned another for its mantel. Motorweek has just awarded its Drivers’ Choice Award Best Sports Sedan to the E90 3-series sedan, calling it a benchmark of German engineering and driving dynamics, and adding that the new 335d makes it even more of a benchmark than ever!
I cant speak French, but despite the language barrier, this video review does its job well and reaches across all languages IMO. The sounds and action footage does the job very well
Just a reminder, the upcoming 535i will be equiped with the new N55 single turbo twin scroll engine producing 300hp that has made its first appearance in the 535i Gran Turismo and will be seen across nearly the entire BMW lineup.
Source: Supervroum2 via Carscoop
The guys at kilometer magazine were at the recent driving event at Portugal and have put up their review of the 335is, whats unique about this one is that there is some orgasmic video to go along with the writeup. This review and autospies are the only two ive seen with this good of video so far. Ive included the video portion of the review here, but you should follow the link for the written review.
Source: kilometer magazine (http://kilometermagazine.com/artman2…5is_Coupe.html)
The BMW 130i is the big winner of the long-term test ranking by one of Germany’s leading car journals, Auto Bild. Covering 100,000 kilometres or more than 62,000 miles without the slightest problem, BMW’s sporting compact not only achieved the best result throughout the whole of 2009, but also took over overall leadership among all cars ever tested over this distance. In response, the professional car testers gave the BMW 130i their 1+ grade (equal to AAA) and acknowledged BMW’s sporting performer as the “Best Auto Bild Long-Term Test Car of All Time”.
Motor Trend magazine has embarked on an exploration of what its like to live with a Diesel powered car in the USA. One of their long term road test cars happens to be a beautiful montego blue 335d sedan. In the article, they document their 1300mile experience with the car. Its just a start, but I hope to read more about the car and what everyday life with it in the US will be like.
Some quotes from the article
Does a diesel make sense in Americas wide open spaces? You bet. So much so that Im still struggling … CONTINUED
We’ve added a video review done in Portugal by the people over at Autospies. Its a high quality review in which they boldly claim that the car is nearly as good as the venerated M3. We have to agree with AutoSpies in that the bar has been lifted further by BMW with the 335is. Watch and form your opinion
We’ve added more updates to this amazing thread convering the North American special, ie the 335is. Added more technical information, reviews and of course pricing data. Keep abreast of the latest information on this car by following this thread!