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2012 BMW 335i SedanBMW's bread and butter can be a little rancid if you don't spec it CNET Style.
What you're all grown up but by BMW's -- -- high school trust fund hit the three series tend to be your ride this is what -- the company. And only keeps getting let's drive the 2012335. -- -- and check the tech. This is BMW's bread and butter the four door three series Saturday. Without any cam it's not a retractable it's nothing special except the car that people who drive it can't read it a typically aspired to. Let's get inside. Nothing seems surprising -- I just. 35 for 2012 you've got the I drive controller and of course the I derive related screen. Widescreen but not as big as you'll see -- -- -- -- more expensive BMW's among the highlights all call up the media sources just about everything you care about is in here. We've got of course AM FM HD radio. Anybody in here and aux Jack USB which is also appear Apple devices. Streaming Bluetooth which is working kind of intermittently for me I've tried a couple of Droid phones and I'm getting at best. Media playback. No meta tags and no logic control note tracking advanced back and forth there's a premium audio system we have that it on this -- it's about a -- -- -- -- card and upgrade. I don't know if it's just my ears in this car. I couldn't get it to sound good no matter what I did I win the bass the treble all the other settings I dug into the equalizer which you get with the HK system. I couldn't get this anything but either -- -- -- and or totally -- -- the other with every source. Now under the connected dried menu here at the top this is connecting through my Smartphone to give me a wireless live Internet connection. For things like news weather stuff you don't care about what you're driving but I do get it just that when I get to Google local search. And here you -- a free form search to find that you can turn into -- -- instruction for example that to me is absolutely brilliant. -- -- wanna -- driver assistance technology you can option up front cameras here obviously the rare view -- Is almost common these days. But we also have optional front cameras on this cars part of a package that look out both corners of the front bumper cover. Three choices on the gearbox in this car you're gonna get this eight speed automatic with this ice cream -- panel -- -- BMW does now and no -- -- kind of the -- married to this car. There's also a -- a -- to get a six speed manual for no extra charge you could also get an eight speed sport automatic for 500 dollars more and that would also include panels and different tuning in response. This rocker switch next to the ship -- lets you choose one of several profiles for the drive train. Starting with a little illness being eco pro layman terms of performance but it's great because it optimizes the efficiency of the vehicle which has by the way. Auto start stop. And brake regeneration when you get the breaks are actually generating -- to go back in the battery easily alternatives and do all the work and therefore lessen the drag on the engine increasing efficiency. Auto start stop rising up to the BMW it's not the -- so why is that button right -- to switch it off but journalism MP -- And and you've got comfort which is really your normal balanced mode for this car and you can also go to sport setting it's gonna sharpen up things like shifting throttle response etc. And our car has the head up display also part of an optional package or you can get an ala carte. It gives you a really great Multi Color very bright heads up of the most important things right there in the windshield. What does a memorable three liter BMW inline six simply isn't just about everything. In for good reason it's a great motor. Turbo charged in this case not all of our. But this one is the twin scroll Turbo one Turbo with two scroll profiles inside of it to work at different parts of the rpm band that means very responsive. The numbers 300 horse 300 foot pounds of torque. -- -- roughly 3500 pound car no lightweight at the sixty in the low 52 range it's a good number while delivering. 2030. MPG if you go for the manual. Or 2333. Will be automatic I -- you're gonna get. A by the way notice the same basic engine is in the 640 hi we recently drove. But Barry gets 315. Horse 330 foot pounds of torque so when you -- a three liter twin scroll Turbo -- a BMW. It doesn't mean the out -- the same just the architect. Of -- and very excited about this low tech innovation this -- no longer looks like something from one of the song movies widget on recent BMW's this huge development tell all your brain out through your sinuses now it's relatively benign thank you and they also got to get rid of the label that says don't -- your head up to hard. -- would be overrun this car. Strange it's an impression you get them all that -- just won't wings. It's one of the great stories of propulsion and power just keeps coming it appears to be this. Chunky torque curve all the way up -- runs out of -- that's way up there. But the transmission in this cars including me now we have the base eight speed and it's just sort of this disconnected content only thing. Now -- aren't great. Chefs tend to be strangely delayed sometimes better than losing -- demands for this -- That's why is sporting its. Six speed is gonna make the -- smaller. And more gas guzzling you can worship this army -- even with the base transmission by getting the -- over here on the left side. But I'd feel if you happen to ship an automatic to get good results and it's very automatic. -- -- -- -- -- And help. But it makes the cards to high -- for everyday driving and stop and knowing commute and I'm almost certain it also present PG because it keeps those -- -- -- This means of transmission and remain optional sport automatic -- -- by the way to ride quality in this car is probably not we'd expect from something that'll cost you typically -- fifty -- It's kind of intrusive. Cutting -- military and a lot of road noise entire drumming and the occasional sharp anybody coming back from the suspension in what I'm not -- -- -- that may or may not know why you. Debating what to expect from a luxury sports and -- -- a moderate 335 as an exercise in how does that turn into a 50000 dollar car. That's about what these cost well equipped base's 44 grand delivered but to go see -- adds value that had a few things the tech package with the the head up display it GPS navigation that's -- at 3100. Driver assist -- the blind spot tech and all those fancy camera almost two grand more. Premium audio that mentions this I have a grand. And finally you may wanna go for the sports seats because I wasn't crazy about this -- all -- these are no longer affordable cars so most people. But they are really well built at one of the great. Engines in human history and their technology remains cutting and.