I looked really hard at the 335i, but given I'm doing a contract lease through my business (small humble business at that), BIK was a big factor and put the 335i out of the running.
There was a premium of maybe £60/month for the petrol, reflecting lower residuals, but I'd have swallowed that happily if it wasn't for the tax.
Sadly, I never got to drive an F30 335i - I've had a few petrol six BMWs over the years and I miss the gorgeous sound.
My sales guy said he'd driven both 335i & 330d and that the 330d was faster on the road because of all the torque. Not sure that would hold out if the 335i driver was using all the revs, but I did love the effortlessness of the 330d.
Has anyone driven the 335i? If it's wonderful, please don't tell me, or at least post it on another forum ...