BMW 320d M Sport Saloon: … and God saw that it was good.”

The statement, ‘And God made … and God saw that it was good” befits no other carrier than the 2008 BMW 3 Series!


The muscled power machine has everything built into its making without an error of omission. Neither is the safety of its occupants not only the priority but the elegantly designed auto took into consideration, in 100 percent thoughtfulness, the comfortability of its occupants.


The BMW 3-Series has established itself as the best seller in the compact executive class. This coveted status is not achieved through sheer normal energy injected into the automaking but the extra efforts by the automaker in ensuring that there exists no compromise in its production model. The series, launched some 30 years ago, and whose familiarity has refused to affect the wow factor positively due to the designers’ refusal to break with tradition, still ensures its contemporary. In short, the BMW 3-series is still a strikingly handsome car. This, obviously, is responsible for the machine’s balancing between boring and over fussy look. With well thought out cheek-bones, the conventional twin headlights, rear hockey-stick shaped light clusters and shark’s fin aerial, you definitely can’t miss out a BMa!


A BMW addict could bet his naira on what to expect of the interior, a very cool black interior roof, quality leather upholstery and M Sport branding on the gear knob and steering wheel. With a single instrument binnacle encasing, the speed reader and the revolution counter, you definitely can’t miss the 30-year-old making. Taking into cognizance the importance of ambience, the M Sport is when mapped out, either for the driver, passengers or the possessions. 20litre more boot space, 7mm more headroom for front seat occupants with additional 19mm for legroom in the back, it’s quite a little break away from the norm when compared to the previous models.


The car boasts of excellence in handling, being a driver’s car. It is a great fun for an anxious driver, the response is swift to command, you will soon realize you just got yourself hooked to the most obedient and reliable subject! What makes BMW dearly beloved are its main tenets. The obvious one is the hallowed 50-50 weight distribution, derived from the classic engine at the front drive to the rear layout. Besides, BMW has a well-deserved reputation for producing reliable cars, although since the launch of the new generation in March 2005, its reliability is yet to be ascertained.


There is an enormous range to choose from when it comes to 3-series, with an added option of choosing either a diesel or petrol engine. Flexing the reliability muscle, the four cylinder, 163bhp 320d M Sport completes a journey from 0-62mph in just 8.3seconds, can you imagine! Tell me if the cheetah is not reliable if I tell you that it tops out at 140mph.


Taking this car out for a test drive, you will definitely tick all the boxes because it comes right on top of your shopping list for this festive period! In the least, owing to the endless list of to-buys, you need a car that will also compliment and save you that extra change to add up, the 3-series performs fantastically well in terms of running costs. It is fun to drive a car which carries five in comfort but still returns nearly 50mpg!


Accidents happen, and how these come about depend on how each driver sees it. If you are of the opinion that the highway is a racing track, then Driver aid Dynamic Stability Control will surely help keep you out of trouble, but in case you don’t, six airbags will help you out, thereby ensuring longevity of your limbs! At 50mph, run-flat tyres will still carry you up to 150miles should you suffer a puncture. The 007 version of BMW’s Active Steering helps correct the car in case of an understeer. And with a full five-star rating following its crash test, you definitely have nothing to worry about.


However, for comfortability, especially for a lone driver, the sedan provides the needed companions in making the journey a pleasant one. Air conditioning, CD player, foglight, onboard control, keyless entry and start/stop button control all come as standard.  You just can’t stop counting when sports suspension, shortened gearshift, illuminated door handles, cruise control, rear parking sensors and superb sports seats are mentioned with the list.


Being a BMW 3-Series, it has become the most popular car in its class and is, for many people, the vehicle they aspire to. It’s easy to see why with a package which involves great driving, performance, economy, safety and practicality. So whether uptown or downtown, let’s go there!