2012 BMW 335i – Comfortable Ride

by Abhinav G. Movie Enthusiast

Seat time on the 2012 BMW 335i gave me a lot of time for fidgeting with the BMW electronic DDC (Driving Dynamics Control), which is new for 3 Series in 2012. Standard for all the models, significant arrival lets driver choose between different 3 present configurations (Comfort, Eco Pro, & Sport) for activating the different settings of vehicle altering how power train & steering react to the input of driver. On the models that are equipped along with Adaptive M Suspension (damping that is controlled electronically) like that on my review model, the DDC too controls the settings of suspension. BMW standard iDrive can be used for fine tuning some settings.

Default setting on the 2012 BMW 335i is Comfort, & for most time it had worked very well, giving driver some attentively reacting pedal of accelerator, good feel of steering & comfortable damping (I’d expect that most of the owners won’t touch switch & live along with very contently). For some more excitement, I rocked DDC switch for Sport & pace immediately got faster. Throttle was noticeably responsive, steering had got some weight and the stiffness and suspension was firmed noticeably. Some might think that it was too much because highway ride was getting too choppy while riding on a broken pavement.

The Sport versions, like ones which I was driving, are provided 4th mode known as Sport+ which mostly mirrors settings of Sport along with exception that threshold intervention of the BMW’ DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is increased of significantly. For most part, you’d get to tell differences between the Sport & Sport+ while on the public roads.

In curiosity I rocked DDC switch rear ward to the mode of Eco Pro. Engineered for maximizing the fuel economy (EPA rates 2012 335i 6MT @ respectable 20mpg for city & 30mpg for high way, without the Eco Pro in), ‘hyper-mile setting’ buffers heavily accelerator & also reduces workload on system of climate control, both mechanically and electronically, for saving more of energy. When activated, the mode Eco Pro almost crippled my 335i along with lethargic frustrating response of throttle. It was, honestly, very miserable for driving 300 horse power sports sedan for the configuration.

I settled finally on modified Sports version, along with aggressive throttle/engine response but the damping was tuned to the standard setting through iDrive. 335i was very lively, but ride got really comfortable.

For defiance of the luxury under tone, I found that cabin of 335i hushed every time that we took it on open road. The wind noise was really minimal, but the tire howl & noise through other near automobiles was quite prominent in cabin. It was like BMW got skimped on heavy insulation for keeping the weight down (along with curb weight of about 3,571 pounds, the manufacturer says that this is 1st 3 Series which did not gain any weight gen-over-gen). On other hand, insulated cabin worked in my favor as pleasant sounding growl of inline-6 could cabin for all the speeds.

Suspension is carried mostly forward mostly from the E90of last year, but it had worked pretty well in the last year and hence there was no need for a change. Up front, there is independent double pivot suspension and independent five-link design in rear. BMW has made some tweaks here & there on this new model (I put F30 on service lift & was surprised to see that the aluminum light weight sub frame of last year & the rear arm of lower control are now steel constructed), & new sedan of 3 Series is offered along with damping that is controlled electronically (for me, it is an option that should be available anyways).

Back at Los Angeles, I integrated 335i in to my busy lives very seamlessly. Marginally bigger than the predecessor, the compact size was tailor-fit for the duty. I packed 5 passengers inside cabin, shuttled teenage muddy players lacrosse along with big defensive sticks & tossed mountain bike inside trunk. I then ran the errands, drove at dinner parties & then sat with grueling traffic. For every case, I looked forward for dropping in to red sport seats of bucket in 335i & faced obstacles of life. 335i might not be ideal warrior for track, but 3 Series along with turbo charged inline-6 really slays daily routine.

I took the 2012 BMW 335i at Mulholland, @ without 328i at sight it was really one shining star. The power from N55 is down plentiful low, & good ratios of gear keep pace spirited with out any frustration. 2nd and 3rd gears are absolute joy & steering that is electrically assisted was weighed nicely & pretty accurate. Suspension, set in the mode of Sport+, kept the body roll to minimum & stability control wasn’t an issue. Standard tires on 335i Sport are pretty 225/45R18 in the summer compound & suspension worked for them at their limit (I would opt for staggered optional set up to get some more of some more of grip). Brakes, which are huge ventilated discs for all 4 corners along with 4-piston calipers on the up front, inspired some confidence for all the speeds. Reviewing the report card, 335i gets really solid marks due to the performance.

However, I don’t now why the lesser sibling is still better sports sedan?

328i is superior objectively to 335i as it’s quite less expensive, better in fuel efficiency, better balance, lighter & nearly fast (BMW says that 335i 6 MT will go 0 to 60 in about 5.4 seconds while 328i 6MT can do that in about 5.7 seconds). For decree of un-biased & non-emotional, a lot of guys would choose choose four-cylinder 328i over 6 cylinder 335i.

I found that I was getting increasingly attached for 335i when I drove it for longer time. Heavier sedan didn’t have the toss able agility of 328i which is innovative, but I saw some emotional gratification along with traditional power plant over front axle, & the mass made 335i feel it was more stable & substantial for roads. Also, I saw some daily bliss at hearing the BMW silky inline-6whirling for red line while the linear torque forced me deep in to seat backs.

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About Abhinav G. Advanced   Movie Enthusiast

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Joined APSense since, March 4th, 2013, From Noida, India.

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