God I hate car dealerships and car salesman !
Was supposed to be test driving a 320d ED today, but turned up and the car had been sold between me ringing on Friday and today yeah right. Anyhow went out in a 318d. Initial thoughts.
You sit in the car, rather than on top of it like most modern cars, to some that doesn't matter, but to me its important. Nicer weighted steering, comfortable ride. In many ways you would realise you are in a rwd car. However put it in to a corner fairly quick and it handles way better than the Skoda. Push through a corner and you do get that rwd kick, not as much as a decent sports car, but it is there.
I was very impressed with the level of equipment, some of it gimmicky (ie novelty will wear off) some of it really good. However the quality was better than the Skoda, and everything just oozed more quality.
The thing that struck me the most was that the Skoda feels 'nice' in every way, and is a very competent car. However the BMW just had that little some thing special about it. I reckon the Skoda would get me from A-B just fine, but in the BMW I would enjoy the drive, and look forward to driving A-B.
If your the type of person who only sees driving A-B as only getting from A-B then the Skoda is probably 90% of the BM, but if you enjoy driving, then quite frankly the Skoda comes across as dull.
The BM in cash price is nearly 1/3 more in price, and I don't think its 1/3 better, but on the scenario Im looking at its a no brainer.