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      03-20-2010, 02:57 PM   #1
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Thumbs up April 2010 C&D comparison: 2010 328i remains atop Audi A5, G37, IS350C

Im actually surprised that the aging BMW beat out the newer Audi....Nice Job BMW!!

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...mparison_tests

2010 BMW 328i - Comparison Tests
First place: Sun Dogs.


In our 2007 comparo, the Bimmer prevailed over an Audi by a similar points margin and for the same reasons. We cited a “parley of traditional BMW virtues: classic good looks, superior dynamics, autobahn ride quality, and an exceptional sense of partnership with its driver.”

So was it written, so is it now. Though there are some differences. For example, at 3820 pounds, that ’07 BMW weighed 105 pounds less than this one and was equipped with a manual transmission, which made it substantially quicker: 6.6 seconds to 60 compared with 7.3 seconds for the current car, the slowpoke of this roundup.

What does weight add to braking perform*ance? Distance. In 2007, our test car stopped from 70 mph in just 155 feet. In this comparison, the best the BMW could manage was 170 feet, although we should add that this number was best in test, recorded at a different venue. However, the tires—Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFTs, 225/40-18 front, 255/35-18 rear—are the same, and the latest car laid down a better skidpad number, 0.89 g versus 0.86, which topped the charts in this case.

If the Bimmer felt a little sluggish on the Nissan proving ground (altitude: about 1400 feet)—remember, however, that we correct our test results for atmospheric conditions—it was positively suckin’ wind on the high and winding highways west of Prescott. Yet that environment was precisely where the BMW established itself as top sun dog.

To be accurate, there were portents of the BMW’s dynamic edge before we got to mile-high territory. Not only was it best in braking and on the skidpad, it trumped the others in the lane-change exercise as well. So when the pace picked up, heading out toward the charmingly named Skull Valley, no one was really surprised when the BMW emerged as the car that was easiest to guide through fast corners, decreasing-radius turns, and rapid transitions.

It’s true that the Bimmer required more gearchanges than the others to keep up in the occasional straight stretches, and the manumatic responses of its six-speed automatic were somewhat casual (though this is true of all these transmissions). But when real driving resumed, the BMW was the pacesetter.

There were nondynamic kudos as well. Front-seat comfort and support are outstanding—no surprise there—enhanced by burnt-orange leather that made the football fans among us start humming “The Eyes of Texas.” It is a snappy change from BMW interior treatments that tend toward dour. Rear-seat space—tops in test—was a pleasant surprise, as was trunk volume, which is best among the folding hardtops.

Lukewarm power aside, there was little to dislike. The convertible’s proportions are somehow less attractive than those of the 3-series coupes, and those two longitudinal strips on the top detract from the BMW’s beauty quotient. There are hinges at the rear of each strip, a design forced by the tight stacking tolerances of the three-section top.

But these are minor misgivings. Although the BMW faced a tougher set of opponents in this test, it graded out just as it did in 2007. A logbook comment summed it up: “There’s just something about the way the 3-series goes over the road that’s so magical, so connected, so involving.”
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      03-20-2010, 06:39 PM   #2
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Nice and thx for sharing it
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Thanks for posting the results. It is interesting what they say about the "partnership with the driver."
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There's no way I'd get a 328 over a new A5...arguably the most beautiful coupe on the market. Now, it may not "quite" be the better driver, but you'll look much better doing it!
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There's no way I'd get a 328 over a new A5...arguably the most beautiful coupe on the market. Now, it may not "quite" be the better driver, but you'll look much better doing it!
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+1. The A5 is SEX on wheels. The lines of the car are beautiful!
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No surprise there... The 328 is a much better driving car then the rest in that group and the build quality is superb. The A5 does look nice but the engine is to far forward and they love to understeer.
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Call me crazy but I loved the A5 when it came out...but the more of it I see the more bland it becomes. On the flip side I hated the 3-series redesign when it came out...but the longer its out there the more I like it. I can't really explain why.
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Front-seat comfort and support are outstanding—no surprise there—”
You rarely see this said about the seats in a 3series w/o sport seats

did this 328i have sport seats or regular? article didnt say or I missed it.
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There's no way I'd get a 328 over a new A5...arguably the most beautiful coupe on the market. Now, it may not "quite" be the better driver, but you'll look much better doing it!
I'm with you on that!
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id take an e93 328 over an A5 vert. the audi looks good as a coupe but as a vert, no thanks
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You rarely see this said about the seats in a 3series w/o sport seats

did this 328i have sport seats or regular? article didnt say or I missed it.
The car has Sports Package, so it must have the sport seats.
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just like most Audi's....they look heavy....they drive heavy....and they feel terrible on the track or in the twisties....when you start the turn in...the front end plows...brutal under steer!...
and with the A5 vert...man...4200 pounds...holy SHITE!
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Call me crazy but I loved the A5 when it came out...but the more of it I see the more bland it becomes. On the flip side I hated the 3-series redesign when it came out...but the longer its out there the more I like it. I can't really explain why.
I have the exact same opinions...
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I always find it so stupid when the reviews mention things like "It is a snappy change from BMW interior treatments that tend toward dour." Do they not understand that all the interior colors are totally customizable??? (Sigh... so many stupid reviewers, it's amazing.)

I also don't get how the BMW has so much trunk space with the top down versus most of the others. (I think it was 8 cubic feet versus 2 for most of the others!)
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Read that article a while ago... pretty good win as it was easily the oldest model in the comparo
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I also don't get how the BMW has so much trunk space with the top down versus most of the others. (I think it was 8 cubic feet versus 2 for most of the others!)
I was thinking the same thing...there's really not much room in the E93 with the top down so imagine how little there is in the G37 and ISC :P
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328 is the last car ill get over the g37/is350c/a5. Maybe im crazy.
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This must be a shock for those who think that the 335i is the end of it all and ignorantly dismiss the 328i just by elitism.
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I do like the looks of the others, but would not buy one over an E93.
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