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BMW 335i (2012): Full Review – Part 5

Given the car’s unsuitability for enthusiastic driving, its various electronics systems became my primary focus. Those included an around-view camera system, very convenient for maneuvering in tight spaces. Not only does it show a top-down view on the car’s LCD, but also has a rearview camera with active trajectory lines and a front split view, […]

BMW 335i (2012) Full Review – Part 4

For this generation of 335i, BMW earned EPA fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. In my mix of city and freeway driving, the car turned in a very respectable 28 mpg. Some of that very good fuel economy is due to the eight-speed automatic transmission, a no-cost option over the […]

BMW 335i (2012): Full Review – Part 3

In this type of intensive driving, the 335i tended to understeer, something I never would have expected in a BMW. The steering wheel seemed lifeless, merely serving as a control mechanism rather than offering the tied-to-the-road feeling found in other BMW models. Just as different color choices could have saved the cabin, an optional package […]

BMW 335i (2012): Full Review – Part 2

However, opening the door I was greeted by an ocean of beige in the same shade as old computers, a color that was meant to be inoffensive in offices of the 1980s and ’90s. From leather to plastic surfaces, all was tinted in this excruciatingly oppressive beige. Looking to the instrument cluster for some relief, […]

BMW 335i (2012): Full Review – Part 1

The new 335i has an efficient 3-litre engine that gives the best performance and fastest speeds in this car and price range. On the inside, the car has up-to-date cabin tech with connected car features like Twitter and Facebook. The phone can be connected to the car for calling and audio streaming. The options available […]

New BMW 640i Gran Coupe: First look at the German sedan 2012 model

The new BMW 640i Gran Coupe is a sedan with  a great specification sheet and beautiful design. The driver system offers great fuel efficiency and inside stereo system is one of the best in luxury cars. The connected car system with all the social networking applications called ConnectedDrive is only available for the iPhones. The […]

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 1

The Mercedes SL is back with refuelled rigour and this time it is the combination of both engine and cabin tech. The 2013 model is dual turbo charged and is fast. The cabin is equipped with all the ample gadgetry like the top of the line audio system. The Comand Online system, Merc’s own signature […]

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 2

With the top up, that cover can be shifted out of the way to increase storage space, but you won’t be able to drop the top until it is replaced. Even getting into the trunk with the top down is a dramatic affair, requiring that the trunklid lift and then the folded roof and rear […]

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 3

With the side windows and windscreen up and the Air Scarf and heated seats keeping me toasty, there’s no situation short of snow or rain that could convince me not to take a moment and drop the top. Wind noise is so low that I was able to have a conversation with my passenger or […]

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 4

Under the SL’s hood hums a 4.6-liter V-8 biturbo engine that’s as much a work of art as the chassis. Direct-injection technology, a defeatable autostop feature, and an Econ shift program on the seven-speed automatic transmission help this mill to average 16 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg according […]

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 5

Around town and on the highway in its most comfortable transmission and ABC setting, the SL550 is probably best described as “effortless.” It’s got more power than it needs for sliding between stop lights, so it can keep its revs low and gearing tall without compromising responsiveness. With the minimal throttle inputs required to reach […]

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 6

Selecting the Sport shift program and the Sport ABC mode, the SL550 comes alive. Lower gears are held slightly longer and downshifts are easier to request and predict with the accelerator pedal, sacrificing a few mpgs to have all 429 thoroughbreds on tap when you need them. The chassis also felt more responsive to steering […]


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