It’s been a while since I posted on here, and what better way to find the motivation to write another post than to revive my passion for driving.
This happened on Friday when a friend from work let me (without much persuasion) drive their car on a short test drive. The objective was originally to go to a car wash, as the car looked a little worse for wear having not seen a sponge in about four months!
It’s a good idea to wash your car regularly in winter as this builds up a protective layer against dirt and can stop your paint becoming scratched. You should also rinse underneath the car to remove salt and grit from the roads that, if left, can slowly corrode your car. See Must-haves for Winter for my recommended car cleaning kit from autoglym.
Anyway, back to the test drive. The car in question was a BMW 120d M sport. Unlike my Audi A3, it sounds a lot less like a van, and instead a lot more menacing. The interior is very smart, and the M sport seats make a huge difference. Not only are they insanely comfortable, the alcantara material gives it that suede look usually attributed to supercars. It comes packed with lots of features as standard, a 0-60 times of just over 7 seconds, yet an appealing claimed combined efficiency of 63 mpg! I can definitely see the attraction.
It was an odd experience driving someone’s car whilst they’re in the passenger seat. Sort of like a driving test. I relaxed a little when he engaged ‘sport mode’ and so it would be a crime not to drive fast. You can actually feel the difference too, everything tightens up and becomes more responsive.
I was trying to be as smooth as possible, but it can be hard when driving a different car that is not something you’re used to. However, what doesn’t take long to get used to, is the 184 bhp under the (huge) bonnet from the 2.0L engine. It’s enough power to put a smile across your face, but not too much that it will try and kill you if you ‘accidentally’ floor it. Sure, give it too much power in a sharp bend and the back end gets a little twitchy, but it’s also something to remind you that it’s you driving the car, so have fun with it. Even try turning off the traction control if you’re brave enough.
It was only a short drive, made shorter by outside lane hoggers and slow drivers, but there was something about it that made me over excited for the rest of the day. I put it down partially to the car, but also to driving without purpose, because why not? The daily commute can become so dull and stressful it’s easy to forget how much fun driving can be. OK, yes, we did eventually end up at a car wash, but we didn’t have to go 10 miles out of the way to get there. But we did, and I’m so glad we did.
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