In white with an 8 speed auto. 2014 model. Read at your own risk. (Not actual car poorly pictured)

Positives: Real handbrake. Pretty powerful. Somewhat better looking than the beige alternatives. Pretty fuel efficient. RWD, but with no traction disable option.

Negatives: This is my first time driving a truly sophisticated slushbox. I can now say that there isn't a single AT I enjoy much, whether it's a DCT or 8AT, or whether going slowly or at full throttle. However , it's a very good transmission, though it's annoying how it has a couple too many gears to deal with. This 3er also sounds like my grandmother's Rav-4; I maintain that even with some extra off-idle torque, the range of turbo engines is a bit uninspiring. Lots of body roll (chassis sits higher and suspension is softer compared to the E90). Interior is very meh. Some rattles, dash creaks incessantly, but nicer than anything I ever expect to own. MPG gauge<Eco light...

Conclusion: More than ever, that is one damn expensive badge. Get it with 3 pedals if you care just a little bit about driving and have two functional legs. Still an objectively nicer car than I, a masochist, would ever DD. Being a luddite, I'd say that the best lifetime 328i option here would be to take an E36 328i (which performs about as well) and completely restore it.

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Now look how tiny that red car looks next to a Focus coupe. I don't know how. Focus Coupe. Still sounds almost as bad as Gran Coupe.