BMW couldn’t have put it much better, “Not all sports sedans are made equal.” Since the first model in 1975 the 3-series has been around for 40 decades. In this time it has become BMW’s bestselling model which accounts for 30 percent of BMW sales excluding motorcycles. The 3-Series is currently in its sixth generation which debuted in 2012. The current model is known as the F30.
The new re-tweak of mid-2015 has been too ward off competition of rivals like Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C-Class. The 3-series usually feature five-body styles, however the latest edition is in 3 body styles. Where the convertible and coupe body styles have been shipped on to the 4-Series. The 3 body styles are a 4-door saloon, 5-door touring and 5-door hatchback.
When it comes to power the 3-Series varies from 180 – 320 hp. You have the option of four engines that power up your chosen 3-Series. However, if you want to experience the full range of 3-Series’ engine go for the sedan body style. You have a choice of 2 inline 4 cylinder twin-turbo engines to choose from that create 180 hp and 240 hp. One has a torque of 200 lb-ft at 1250 rpm, while the other enjoys a torque of 255 lb-ft at 1250 rpm also. The engine reaches a maximum of 4500 and 4800 rpm. An all-aluminium inline 6-cylinder engine that has 320hp and 330 lb-ft of torque provides you with another option. This engine provides the quick 0 – 60 mph acceleration in a paltry 4.6 seconds. The last option for powering your 3-Series is a twin-turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This is the most fuel economic engine with a 45 mpg on highways.
For all the above engines you will receive 8-speed automatic transmission, but you also have an option of 6-speed manual transmission, which comes at no extra cost.
You have the choice of four different modes to suit your driving style. The Driving Performance Control features four modes that is EcoPro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. EcoPro gives you fuel economy, Comfort well gives you comfort, Sport and Sport+ makes it a more fun drive. However, this feature is great but there are those that think that BMW has diluted the driving experience that was the hallmark of past models to accommodate wider audiences.
The new saloon model is spotting a sportier look, with a lower bonnet line and new headlights. Colossally all the 3-Series get LED daytime running lights and complete LED rear lights. When we go inside the cabin there is more legroom with a 50 mm longer wheelbase than the previous 3-Series. There is even more space for your luggage that ranges from 24.6 – 56.5 cubic feet, depending on the body style.
If you have extra cash with you you’ll be happy with the extra features that will be available to you. Packages such like the M-Sport and Technology packages which offer a little more in luxury, comfort or performance from your standard F30 chassis.
The 3-Series has featured 22 times in Car and Driver annual Ten Best. It is the car which has featured the most as an entry, never missing a year since 1992. This by far should tell you that the car is held in high regards by motor afficianados.
Pricing starts at $ 33,150 MSRP for the new 3-Series, which is quite an affordable entry level luxury sedan.
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