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BMW 335i Touring

BMW's 335i Tourer is an effortless, mile-muncher – the perfect all-rounder

Big miles for the 335i in recent weeks, a substantial chunk of them accumulated when Roger Green took it off to the south of France, where he was instructing Caterham drivers on a circuit tour. Like everyone else who borrows the BeeEm, he handed the keyfob back reluctantly and in no little awe at this car’s abilities. It is, as Rog himself remarked, just about the perfect all-rounder – effortless mile-eating GT one minute, totally absorbing drivers’ car the next.

Its cross-country pace isn’t that far off the previous-generation M3, and it’s every bit as tactile. In every control interface you can feel the painstaking care that went into its development. Just one example – heeling and toeing. The pedals couldn’t be better placed or more ideally weighted, so rocking the sole of your foot through downchanges couldn’t be more intuitive. This is one regular BMW that can wear its M Sport kickplates without looking daft.

With the miles racking up, I was worried that I might have missed the first service, but BMWs, of course, calculate their own service intervals and the dashboard display indicates that one isn’t needed for another 6000 miles. Still, at the current rate, that won’t take too long…
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Date acquired: April 2007
Total mileage: 11,302
Mileage this month: 2,942
Costs this month: £0
MPG this month: 27.1mpg

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