They should be fast enough, my current 177.5bhp efficient dynamics does 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, not too bad for a fuel efficient sensible family car.
60 mpg is the most I have got out of it so far with sensible driving, very hard to get below 45mpg even if in a hurry.
Suspension is pretty comfortable even on the rock hard run flats, and imagine it will be superb when I replace them with PS2's.
Brakes are excellent, short throw gearchange, extremely precise steering you feel you could place the car within a mm.
It hides its speed very well since the diesel is so quiet, a passenger might not actually notice silly speeds.
Inside, even with leather is not very special, certainly not as characterful as my GTA or a GT
Certainly comfortable and efficient though, and zero creaks, squeeks, or rattles of any description in the car.
It seems gentle on Tyres too..
I was suprised to find the boot was bigger than a 156 too..
As a sensible, relatively understated, ultra efficient car it takes some beating.
I do think though that if you jump in one your senses won't be assailed by adventurous styling and assionate flair.
BMW put their passion into making everything feel just right, and perform excellently, the more I drive it the more impressed I am.
Alfa had nothing in that ballpark at the time.
If the 159 1.9 diesel had the. Performance of alfas 2.4 diesel with 50mpg and ultra low emmisions, didn't eat it's Tyres, had stop start tech then I would have got one.
The 320d ticked all those boxes, and has much better resale.
Ultra low price 5 years fixed servicing too..
Add in RWD, and balanced handling and it is quite good fun if you are in the mood.
Bmw do a good job on weight too, RWD cars should be over 100kg heavier than Fwd cars so the fact that it is actually lighter than cars with comporable performance is a pretty good trick.
Fast is all relative. I wouldn't say it will be a fast car, given its 163bhp and probably somewhere between 1400 and 1500kg kerb weight, but fast for something that does 70mpg - oh definitely yes.