Please feel free to shoot me down, but after various warrenty issues with ym A3, I crossed to the dark side, and went to a test drive in a BMW 1 series 2.0 diesel
I want something more driver focused, so I thought i would give it a go
and im pleased to say I though it was............. Terrible
spec 2007 07 reg 9,000 miles 120D 164hp M sport trim
Firstly when i pulled off the car juddered , like the clutch pressure plate was giving uneven pressure. and then it was difficult to make a smooth gearchange, without concentrating.
The gearbox felt like it was from a tractor, I actually told the salesman , "my toyota hilux has a better gearbox" , and i wasent joking. its was stiff , and difficult to get in gear, certainly not the smooth gearbox of various Audi's i have driven.
The indicators are terrible , why they had to change it from the normal set up i dont know, what is the benifit ??????????????
and the engine !!!!! it felt like i had left the handbrake on , it felt flat and lifeless , it was very quiet , but the car felt slow and heavy . nothing like the 170 tdi of audi , the BMW didnt have the turbo lag of the audi 170 , but it felt so slow and lifeless.
the good point was it was excellent in the corners , very nice with precise steering. and an excellent chassis , very ballanced
but with that gearbox and a flat engine, there is no way im swapping my A3