May 19, 2006
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $39,165

BMW signature is unmistakable; the harder you drive it, the better it works. Lovely six-speed transmission, great brakes, effective dynamic stability system kicks in at the limit. Surprisingly good gas mileage (23 in the city).


Modified Bangle styling merely dull. $40,000 should buy heated seats. Sticky tires wander distractingly. Front spoiler low enough to hit all curbs. Climate control system seems to lag behind. Instant gas mileage gauge isn’t funny anymore.


In the subdued color this is a stealth weapon, as unremarkable yet effective as a professional killer. But it’s not handsome enough to fall in love with, especially when in a garish, root-beer-like Barrique Red Metallic. Curious onlookers stunned by price.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
1.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating