…was rather exciting and at the same quite scary, as I signed the papers for the BMW. After the test drive (which was surprisingly impressive) I sat down with the BMW Business manager and before I knew it, I had signed away my life for 3 years.
The car itself was actually brilliant to drive, all the feel and responsiveness of a bigger, more powerful RWD car, but with the added bonus of 50-50 weight distribution for the bends. It didn’t feel like a small hatchback inside, the cabin was well designed and well thought out, unlike BMW’s of old. Every button had a purpose and the half leather “sports” seats were nice and comfortable. I cannot wait to pick this thing up on Tuesday and start to properly enjoy manual gear boxes again. The rear seats weren’t exactly spacious and the rear view wasn’t amazing, but it’s still about 4ft shorter than the Mercedes so a lot easier to live with day to day. As it’s an ex-demo model it comes with a few extras that I probably wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise like the “comfort” pack which is parking sensors, fog lights, metallic paint and bluetooth and iPod connectivity along with the half leather sports seats and steering wheel. I love the push button start and am really looking forward to 62mpg instead of 28 and £30 a year tax instead of £250!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mercedes, and she will be missed nearly everytime I look up at the pictures above my desk, but I wont miss heavy running costs, high insurance premiums and piss-poor Mercedes build quality.
So to cut along story short, I’m 23, a Managing Director and i’ve just bought a BMW.
I’ve just got off the phone to Cambridge BMW and I have been approved so I can have the 1 series hatch, im going to look at it properly tomorrow and hopefully, if all goes well, it will be on my drive come Monday night!
…..Just drove a new Scirocco.
To say its nice would be an understatement, but could I live with FWD again?