Thanks for your responses. Bottletree, understand your concerns. Re DPFs, theft could occur, but, re blockages I was under the impression that some deposits could be burnt away by occasional long runs, with about 10 minutes at 70 mph in 5th (or one gear below top), thus extending it's life?
I have an '06 BMW 320 Touring, and really like the "lazier" driving characteristics of diesels, but the new EcoBoost seems to drive similarly to a diesel? As they have turbos, concerns over driving off at high speed when cold and not cooling down slowly after a long run, are not my driving style, so not a problem. The petrol version's considerably cheaper to buy, and would appear to be cheaper to run over my expected mileage. I really need to have a test drive.
Smoke02, do the 18" wheels change the driving at all? On a previous test drive of a BMW with larger wheels we found that the steering was affected by road irregularities?
At the moment, we're looking at a C-Max 1.6 EcoBoost Titanium with Convenience Pack, but undecided re colour (Midnight Sky/Lunar Sky/Dark Micastone/Panther Black)
Last edited by GeoW; 06-25-2012 at 10:35 AM.