BMW 330i – Australia's Best Medium Car over $50,000
Mercedes-Benz C 200 was up for a third win in a row but it’s starting to show its age against the BMW 330i and the new Jaguar XE, with the BMW getting its nose in front.
BMWs are famous for their dynamics so it’s not surprising that the 330i topped the class for performance and handling. The 185kW/350Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine is fantastic and works seamlessly with the intuitive eight-speed auto. Yet it’s an extremely frugal powerplant, using just 5.8L/100km.
The judges were particularly impressed with how BMW had created a good balance between ride and handling. While not as ‘comfortable’ as the comfort-focused XE and C 200, the BMW was better damped so the car settled more quickly than the other two after hitting larger irregularities.
The 330i outshone its rivals in design and function – with class-leading space, practicality and ergonomics. The iDrive system is easy, logical and intuitive, with useful functions such as a head-up display and surround-view cameras. Its driving assistance features include lane departure warning, lane change alert, a pedestrian warning system and an autonomous emergency braking function.