Me and the lad had our test drive today in the 123d M Sport Coupe.
First thing we noticed when out side the car was how quite it was. The sales guy started it up and although it sounded noisey when cranking, as soon as it was ticking over you really would've been hard pressed to tell it was a diesel. My son drove first and I sat in the back. The rear seats (only two) were comfortable and the leg room was acceptable even though the front seats were quite a way back. Suprisingly there was quite good headroom and I didn't feel at all cramped. Unfortunately there was no armrest in the rear. The car was on 17" M Sport alloys and the ride was fine, my son commenting that it was better than his 17" shod MG ZR. My son also found the brakes very fierce after his car and he stood it on its nose with the first couple of applications.
When I got behind the wheel I gave the car a little more beans. The engine has a much better spread of power over the normal 2.0 litre turbo diesel. There is no lag at take off, just like the 335d and the power seems to flow to about 5000 RPM which is better than the 1500 to 4250 RPM range that the single turbo engine has. In reality though the 204 BHP engine didn't feel any quicker than the 120d, although the car had only done 18 miles and would hopefully loosen up a bit. The electric power steering felt fine and had more feel than the M3 I recently test drove which felt overly light. The auto stop start feature only kicked in once during the test drive and didn't cause a problem. All in I was very impressed and so was my son, he'll just have to save a few more pennies and wait untill the 120d version arrives next year.
Previously: 2007 335D MSport E90 Le Mans Blue, 2004 330D A Sport Silver Grey, 2002 330D A Sport Saphire Black, 2001 320D SE Touring Titanium Silver, 1998 M3 Evo Techno Violet, 1996 328i Sport Montreal Blue, 1994 325i Coupe Red, 1989 325i Sport 2 door Dolphin Grey,1986 325i SE 4 door Lachs