If at all open to BMW's but fearing 'dumbed down', test drive an M2. Warm and fuzzy it is not. It's on the borderline of really practical for every day driving depending pavement conditions. However seems like most people who have them adore them, and I do mine. I think Tesla has done well for a new car makers, but straight line acceleration capability of some is so high it would actually be an unpleasant sensation to accelerate all out from a standing start, a number of reviews I'v seen have said so anyway. The M2 is not a muscle car by today's standards (well the new ones on sale now, M2C, are IIRC 400+ rather than 365hp like mine, first generation) but has better times around some tracks than the M4 and a number of other significantly more expensive cars. It makes me feel like a much better driver than I am on curvy roads*. Fitting stuff in it, well I don't ride bikes except at the gym I walk (a lot) when not driving so not sure on that.investor997 wrote: ↑Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:26 pmIt wasn't just the fast acceleration. It was the way the car steered, rode and went around corners. It handled like a go-kart while still providing high levels of refinement. It reminded me of the way German cars *used* to drive before they started dumbing them down (BMW in particular) to make them more appealing to a larger, more "aspirational" customer base.weltschmerz wrote: ↑Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:02 pminvestor997, can you elaborate on what it was about the Model 3 that blew those Audis away? What it just the fast acceleration? Because I think you would get tired of that quickly. Plus, if you care at all about battery longevity, you wouldn't be mashing the accelerator pedal all the time anyway. Lot of fast accelerations = battery overheats = reduced battery longevity. Overheated batteries are why electric cars are no good on the track. Also, fast accelerations = reduced driving range. I drive an electric car, a VW e-Golf. It's sure no Model 3, but it can still accelerate very well. I almost never do this though, out of concern for the battery.
But of course spending the delta of 30k+ (to several 100k or whatever) from 'regular' new cars to cars people rave about is all about personal taste to begin with so naturally also about personal taste one cool car to another. Also I like my (F30) 328's personality as well, some people might say it's not 'BMW enough' but it's a very versatile car. But it goes well with the M2 which is a quite different car despite the close family resemblance.
*on crowded roads there's usually people behind me thinking 'why is this guy going this slow in an M2?' But I like to just sit in this car. I like it going slow too. I even get tail gated sometimes by some local guy in a pick up truck on rural roads, but then we come to a curvy section and what happened to that guy? (a mile behind).