I totally agree that the engine should come first. I went to an older 335D from a new 320D and love it!!
But the car isn't for me. If it was i'd do exactly as you say. But you have given me lots of things to pass on which will hopefully help us. Also we hadn't even considered the active hybrid, specs look amazing.
I guess its just the fact that we will be speccing everything to our desire and knowing that the car is our creation. But i do see your viewpoint and will need to have a real think about it and do some figures on year old cars too.
There's certainly no rush to order so if we go for a year old one, we might havevto wait a while to find the perfect one.