As you would expect of BMW everything about the 320Cd SE Coupe is driver focused but this does not compromise its practical side.
Ease of Use
As you would expect of BMW everything about the 320Cd SE Coupe is driver focused but this does not compromise its practical side. All round visibility is excellent with no blind spots, the large wing mirrors offer almost panoramic vision and helpfully auto-dip when in reverse. Our test car was equipped with optional electric folding door mirrors (£190) which fold vertically at the touch of a button or when locking the car.
The BMW 3 Series is a very easy car to manoeuvre mostly due to the superb visibility but just in case PDC - Park Distance Control at the rear of the vehicle is standard. The system works by audible warning which gets more urgent the nearer you get to the obstacle. This system is perfectly adequate but we prefer the Mercedes-Benz system which has an audible and visual system which actually shows you on a proximity scale how close obstacles are to the front and rear of the car.
The cabin is both functional and ergonomically laid out whilst the controls are tactile and intuitive to operate. The multi-function steering wheel houses the cruise and stereo controls keeping your hands on the wheel for maximum safety.
Being a coupe model the doors are large and open to reveal wide access points which make it a very easy car to get in and out of for front and rear seat occupants. This is particularly good for children getting in and out of the rear and people with mobility problems.
On a more practical level the BMW has good levels of storage including: storage space in the front and rear multi-function consoles, good size door bins, an illuminated lockable glove compartment and a storage compartment.
Unlike some coupe's which have a hatchback the BMW 3 Series has a boot which is much more secure. The boot is large and features a through-loading system with asymmetric rear seat subdivision (2:1). The tailgate opening is relatively wide and low which is useful for easy loading of bulky items.
BMW 3 Series Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||BMW 320Cd SE Coupe|
|Body Type||3-Door Coupe|
|Colour||Black Sapphire Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||62.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
6-year/Unlimited Mileage Anti-Corrosion Guarantee
3-year BMW Emergency Service
|Price (when tested on the 07/06/04)||OTR £24,310|
Car tested £27,005
Includes the following options:
Metallic Paint £495
BMW 6 Disc CD Changer £250
Electric Drivers Seat With Memory Function £1100
BMW Business CD £100
Electric Folding Mirrors £190
Star Spoke 119, 8J x 17
Alloy Wheels £560