BMW has always positioned itself as a carfor the driver and it was in the 'on road performance' area that the 320i had the edgeon the other contenders.
Its overall balanced handling, albeit witha slightly firmer ride than some of the others, through the wide ranges of driving conditionsthat had the 320i with its rear drive, up with the best in class.
The quality of materials and finish is worldclass and, although it is priced competitively.
The 320i's frugal 6.
0 L/100km fuel consumptionis again best in class but it also manages to pull off the real hard trick which is alsoto be up the front of the pack on engine performance.
Safety is, of course, as you might expectfrom a German manufacturer.
Some people will buy a BMW for the badge andbragging rights but with the 320i the space, power, handling and fuel economy will winthem over in its own right.
So, as this year's Medium size car over $50,000winner, the 320i has continued what is becoming a tradition of being best of the best.