Welcome, what didn't you like about the beemer?
Urgh, where do I start? I really wanted to like it, and in some ways, it is a FANTASTIC car. Here's a run-down:
Fast. As long as you have grip, in the right gear, it accelerates very quickly (268 BHP or so)
Excellent handling - best handling car I've driven, by far.
Nice, simple good looks (in my opinion).
Feels solid and well-built.
Uncomfortable on anything but a flat, smooth road. No, it's not M-sport, just a standard SE with run-flat tyres. My partner's A3 simply glides along roads that the BMW bangs and shakes over.
Noisy - for some reason this car is very noisy on the motorway! The wind noise from the windscreen / front of the car is horrific, compared to the A3. Road noise is OK, but not great.
Stiff gear-change - sometimes it slots in nicely, other times it takes considerable effort, particularly in 1st and reverse.
Stiff clutch pedal - you'll get the left thigh of a power lifter (to match your left arm from the gear changes).
Narrow clutch "bite" zone, making it jerky in stop-start traffic
Revs dip when you pull off - very annoying, I think it's linked to the narrow "bite" zone of the clutch, needs a lot of effort to get a smooth take-off.
Throttle is too sensitive - extremely difficult to pull off smoothly, or in traffic. WHen driving quickly it's fine, but steady, smooth driving is a pain sometimes.
Revvy, gutless engine - Great when revving it up, annoying when caught trying to overtake in the wrong gear.
Boring interior - solid enough, but looks like a car 10 years older than it is - Orange dashboard lights, old-style black plastic buttons for air-con, etc.
Leather seats not comfortable, and are too slippy for a car that can corner as well as it does.
Weird injector noise around 1500 - 2000 rpm. It's a common fault, and doesn't affect the performance or longevity of the car, it just sounds horrible.
Brake discs squeal at 10mph or less - again, a common, normal fault.
Sorry that's quite a list - but there's so much that has put me off about this car, I just need a change to something completely different. I don't need speed (I normally cruise at 70mph), I don't need razor-sharp handling, but I do want to be comfortable and quiet. Fuel economy isn't too much of an issue, but an efficient car would mean my partner can use it for work, to spread the miles between our cars a bit (I don't do many miles a year myself, but she does about 20,000). Also, it means filling up less, which sounds good to me