I'm all for the easy life when it comes to motoring. I want something which is going to get me from A to B even with a light dusting of snow and not leave me stranded somewhere.
BMW service suggested that the winter tyres would make little difference. While I don't entirely trust their opinion, I'm not willing to be £1800 or even £800 lighter in the pocket and not experience a substantive improvement in traction.
I've owned a fair few quattro's before (Username may have given that away) and have never had issues with traction, even with standard tyres. Plenty of problems with leaky rear diffs, but nothing which left me stranded.
Don't get me wrong, I adore the 335d, but In these weather conditions, I'm losing confidence.