The keen-eyed among you might realise that the 330d Touring scores half a star less than the 320d saloon we road tested earlier this year. It was tempting to dish out another full-mark ranking, it’s true, because the 330d is a more pleasurable car to drive than a 320d in every way. But we couldn’t quite shift the nagging feeling that with its excellence comes a penalty that should cost it just half a star.

That penalty is what seems like the necessity to increase the list price from a not-unreasonable £37,200 to a figure well above £40,000 in order to get the optimum driving experience. That should not, however, detract from the rare brilliance of this car’s powertrain, whose performance and economy are of the highest order.

Matt Saunders

Deputy road test editor
This car's powertrain really is worth the extra outlay over the 320d

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