The rear-drive Bimmer on all-season tires , however, fared not so well in the slick. It changes in tone as it comes to life, and sounds almost like it is consciously trying to communicate with you. . In concept, despite their countries of origin, these two offer a lot in common to a buyer. But when we begin to take a closer look, the differences emerge. It sounds more robust and powerful down low, and higher up in the rev range, it gives off an eerie mechanical whine on top of the regular engine noise, almost as if it operated under some sort of forced induction.
The difference in normal driving, though, is very little. Steering will be tiring on long distance interstate drives, but car is very enjoyable on two lane highways and around the city. Both wagons will trace a clean arc better than a grocery-getter should. Is it worth the money? The 3-Series may offer a bit more road feel at the wheel, but both wagons are pretty precise when it comes to hitting your mark and making quick directional changes. If you were looking at the 3-Series already, but are expecting a larger family, then the answer is yes. The fact that the interior of our Acura tester was mostly black probably helped color the experience. Over irregular surfaces, the Acura does a better job of swallowing up the bumps and ripples at speed, but the German offering tends to get more upset over things like railroad tracks, bouncing occupants fore and aft.
Keeping this one on boil, too, never gets old. In our tester, gears were changed via a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Car was rear-ended with frame damage, and repaired. It sounds somewhat shrill as the revs climb, and opens up into a great howl when pushed past 3500 up to its 7100-rpm redline. They are nearly identical in weight and cargo space, and, in this instance, they both are capable of shifting through the gears without any driver interference. The simple fact of the matter is that the German six-cylinder has more power to offer, and it has a bigger range in revs in which that power flows freely from the engine.
The Acura handled about the same as one would expect losing grip here and there, but eventually able to overcome the lack of grip and get moving in a straight line. Both are luxury sport brands, one from Germany, and one from Japan. They each have a lot of clout, whether dynamically or aesthetically, and they similar in price. The big difference, though, is the difference in the number of gears. And finally, the look and feel, both outside, and inside, are well done in each vehicle. Lots of long, slightly swooping lines and contours, with choices of earthtone leathers adorn the cabin.
A reliable and stylish daily driver for someone, at a very low price. Furthermore, the power goes to the front wheels, something the more hardcore enthusiasts may and do gripe about. The biggest downfalls of the 328i Sports Wagon—poor cup holders and hard to understand radio tuner. But, like we said, on dry roads, both are a hoot. Yes, when pushed hard, the front-drive Acura does have a slight tendency to plow toward the outside of a curve. But in most instances, that understeer is minimal.
In fact, the 3-Series has been making the for the last 20 years—consecutively. Frankenstein animating Peter Boyle his terrible monster whenever we wring one of these motors out. As mentioned in our previous article, the one that seems to dominate the near luxury segment is the Audi A4 Avant. Put into manual mode, shifting with the paddles elicits quick and clean gearshifts. The Steptronic six-speed transmission in the 3-Series conveys the power rearward quite nicely. The Acura has a sinister, canine growl at idle.
You want to simulate the competitive. The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. Very clean Alpine White with Saddle Brown Dakota luxury leather interior. Were we more frugal minded on the day of our decision, it might have gone the other way, but our inner driver might shed one single tear. Firstly, the Acura returns better fuel mileage. In fact, it was horrible. On the other hand, by purchasing one you will be buying a wagon based on one of the best sports sedans on the market.
Qualifying steering feel, too, is pretty dependent on who is behind the wheel. Whether you want something that is quick, soulful, fun, and at the same time totally comfortable being driven like a casual, law-abiding motorist, each has plenty to offer. It brought back memories of driving a previous winter, when we received a Nissan 370Z on summer tires a day or two before a snowfall. And it never gets old. Its automatic transmission can also be controlled via paddles at the wheel, but the driver has one fewer cog with which to work. This engine, as cleanly solid as it feels, has got a lot of character. All luxury and driving options including automatic trans w paddle shifters, panorama sunroof, zenon headlamps, heated seats, keyless entry, convenience package, premium package and more.
However, if you are looking for the best standard equipment and best bang for your buck then you might either want to wait for a sale or shop the competition carefully. When stopped on a slight incline, releasing pressure from the brakes to inch forward would cause the rear end to move from side to side without even applying any throttle. Forced to choose and not a dire situation that would be , our money would have to go to the German offering. Extremely low 31,000 original miles. The biggest obvious difference between these two sporty wagons is which wheels get the power. .
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