All round brilliance of engineering, styling and performance
Nothing; but it is still relatively new. Faultless.
I never wanted to own or drive a diesel car because of their engine sound, and the poor performance of old diesel Mercedes and other models that I observed in traffic since the 1970s.
This 320d has blown me away! It is very quick, with enough acceleration to beat large motorbikes, let alone other cars (almost 400 Nm of torque). I drive it hard and it begs for more. Collecting too many speeding tickets now. It mows down steep hills, and the steering is incredible. Fuel economy is outstanding; 5.6 L/100 klm on distance driving and between 6 and 6.5 L/100 klm around city. Satnav, sunroof and all the extras add to the appeal.
I actually bought two cars on the day. First I settled on a Mercedes C220cdi and the sales person gave me a loan 320d spare car to get home. I was hooked and went straight back to the showroom and swapped the description on the contract (and price). Whew! So glad I did that - no comparison between a slogger Mercedes C220cdi and the 320d.
I have racked up almost 1000 klm/week consistently for almost 6 months because I can't stay out of it. I cannot do it justice with my own narrative, and leave it to be discovered by others.
The 320d is the most superbly crafted all round car I can think of. I will only drive BMW diesel cars from now on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2011