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BMW 3 Series: characteristics and features

Overview:

BMW 3 Series entered its seventh generation for the 2019 model year. The sedan is out there with four- and six-cylinder powertrains in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic drive built by German manufacturer ZF. BMW 3 Series is greater and heavier than the car it replaces and competes with other compact luxury sedans just like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Genesis G70, and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

What’s New:

  • Four-cylinder models now include Live Cockpit Plus semi-digital gauge cluster with entry navigation and Connect package
  • Four-cylinder models get an increase of $500, now starting at $41,745
  • Premium package includes heated wheel, heated front seats, head-up display, Live Cockpit Professional, and Connected Package Professional for $2,350
  • Apple CarPlay is now standard

What We Think:

We were sincerely hoping this new G20-code 3 Series would be a return to excellent form for BMW’s iconic sports sedan, but instead we were left disappointed. There are definite handling and interior packaging improvements over the lukewarm last-gen 3 Series, but the previous segment leader is now merely competitive during a field of strong offerings.

The M Sport suspension option is fatiguing, bouncy, and unsettled. There are certainly handling benefits to be had with the stiffer setup, but the tradeoff in ride quality is just too significant to ignore. Even in Comfort mode, it’s just too stiff to recommend.

The turbocharged four-cylinder within the 330i feels plenty torquey and therefore the eight-speed automatic’s shift programming is sensible enough to stay the engine in its powerband, though power and torque die out at the highest end.

Those seeking a stronger 3 Series should choose the M340i and its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that cranks out 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

It seems like the proper amount of power for the chassis, albeit our testers still detected conservative understeer and confidence-sapping snap oversteer sometimes.

BMW 3 Series
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Performance and Fuel Economy:

Even with the smaller four-cylinder, the three Series remains a performer. The car completes the 0-60 run in only 5.5 seconds and still manages an EPA-estimated 25/34 mpg city/highway. The six-cylinder M340i takes a small fuel economy hit (22/30 mpg city/highway) but delivers a decidedly rapid 4.2-second 0-60 sprint.

Safety:

BMW 3 Series performs exceptionally in IIHS safety and crashworthiness testing, earning Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the adaptive LED headlights included within the Executive package. the bottom headlight package received rock bottom possible rating of Poor, though crashworthiness performance is unchanged. All models earned Superior front crash prevention ratings.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room):

All 2020 BMW 3 Series seats up to 5 passengers and have 17.0 cubic feet of cargo space within the trunk. The front/rear legroom is 42.0/35.2 inches, respectively.

Technology:

BMW 3 Series is one among a couple of German luxury cars to implement a digital personal assistant. during this case, it’s activated by the phrase “Hey BMW” or your choice of activation word.

All models have BMW’s Active Guard safety systems, which include frontal collision warning, automatic city collision mitigation, and lane departure warning. Additional tech like stop-and-go adaptive control and lane keep assist are available as options. BMW’s iDrive system is among the foremost intuitive on the market, though many functions are buried in submenus. Passengers can navigate the 8.8-inch center screen with a rotary dial and buttons located between the front seats.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options) chevron:

The 2020 BMW 3 Series sedan is out there in four different trims. 330i The base 330i features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, an 8-speed automatic drive with paddle shifters, 18-inch wheels, an 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment screen, leatherette upholstery, and automatic three-zone climate control.

There are three option packages: Convenience, Premium, and Executive. The Convenience package includes active driving assistant, blind spot detection, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, SiriusXM satellite radio, LED headlights with cornering control, and adjustable lumbar support. The Premium package includes Convenience features plus heated front seats, a head-up display, a totally digital dash display with navigation, and a heated wheel.

The chief package builds on Premium with gesture control, adaptive LED headlights with laser technology, and automatic high beams. 330i XDrive Spending a touch more for a 330i xDrive nets all an equivalent feature because of the 330i plus BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

How much is it?

RRP price range£30 915 – £48 555
What Car? Target Price range£28 731 – £47 265
What Car? PCP range£316 – £473

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