Bmw Bmw 3 Series Saloon 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto

Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming
Front/rear park distance control
BMW Online services
iDrive controller on centre console
Personal Profile
Variable sport steering
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Pesonal profile
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Oil sensor for level and grade
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
Auto start-stop
Condition based service
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
BMW service history
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
M sport suspension
Battery cut-out switch
Electronic differential lock
Larger capacity fuel tank
Petrol Particulate Filter
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
Stroke dependent dampers
Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
DAB tuner
Electronic service booklet
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
Rear wiper
Body colour door handles
High gloss shadow line
Body colour fuel filler flap
Black roof mouldings
LED daytime running lights
Dynamic brake lights
Body colour mirror caps
M aerodynamic body styling
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
M designation on left and right front side panels
M designation side badges
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Acoustic glazing
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator + bottom segment in matt black
Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
Left and right split exhaust tailpipes
Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Matt black exterior B pillar
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
Extended LED headlights
Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
M designation on front side panels, left and right
Fading support
Body colour mirror caps with bottom segment in matt black
Heated front seats
Anthracite headlining
Front and rear door pockets
Front head restraints
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Front and rear velour floor mats
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Front sports seats
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Ambient lighting
M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Front and rear reading lights
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading system
Make-up mirror lights
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Three zone automatic air conditioning
12V power socket in front storage compartment
3 spoke M leather steering wheel
Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
Steering column length adjustment lever
2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Centred top Luggage compartment lights
3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
Heated driver and front passenger seats
3 zone automatic air conditioning
Illuminated armrest storage compartment
Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
Ambient lighting with welcome carpet light
M sport leather steering wheel
Deletion of Lumbar support on passanger side
Backrest width adjustment
Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
M sport exterior styling pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Anti-lock brake system
Side impact protection
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Brake assist function
Warning triangle and first aid kit
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Dynamic brake control
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Brake energy regeneration
BMW emergency call
Brake drying
Braking pre-tensioning
Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
2 tone horn
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Variable torque distribution
Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Child proof locking system in rear door
Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Dry braking
Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Vehicle key with M specific designation
Selectable automatic lock when driving away
Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid and panic mode
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
CO2 146
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 2068
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 555
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 44.10
Urban 44.10
Extra Urban 41.50
Badge Engine CC 1998
Badge Power 184.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.87
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 7.10
Engine BHP 184.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1495
Engine Torque 300.00
Top Speed 146
Front Tyres 225/45 R18
Rear Tyres 255/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1435
Length 4709
Wheel Base 2851
Width 1827
Fuel Tank Size 59.00
Weight 2050
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1495
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The BMW 3 Series has ruled the compact part of the mid-sized executive segment for more than forty years and the company's hopes are high for this seventh generation version. It's smarter, slightly larger, more efficient and considerably high-tech. All the things you'd expect really. Something else you'd expect from this model is rear wheel drive handling purity. It doesn't disappoint in that regard either.

Background

The BMW 3 Series Saloon has had an unparalleled reputation both for its quality, and supreme handling in the premium midsize segment for more than 40 years and this, the seventh generation, raises the bar even higher. When the first BMW 3 Series was launched in 1975, it revolutionised the segment and became the Munich maker's most successful car. Since then, over 15 million 3 Series models have been sold globally and this contender is regarded as the heartbeat of the brand. With revised styling, improved driving dynamics, better efficiency and innovative features, this seventh generation model aims to continue that success story. A stiffer more sophisticated platform with revised suspension, plus stronger safety standards, a more up-market cabin and wider-reaching media connectivity will all help in that regard.

Driving Experience

It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and 184hp 320i. The 320i's same 2.0-litre engine's also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. At the top of the range, the road burning M3 Competition saloon also has a 3.0-litre twin turbo six cylinder petrol engine, this one developing 503hp. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.1s (or just 6.8s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an optional M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering. This is standard on the M340i ad the M3 Competition.

Design and Build

This seventh generation 3 Series model has had its proportions radically revised. The MK7 design is 85mm longer than its predecessor and 16mm wider, but just 1mm taller. Added to that, its wheelbase has been extended by 41mm and its track widths are wider too. As usual, there'll be saloon and Touring estate body styles. At the front, the large BMW kidney grille elements are framed by a single surround and split up by wide bars and link to the headlight units. The Munich brand's customary twin headlights feature the familiar two-way split that is further emphasised by an eye-catching notch in the front apron that rises into the headlight contour. The bonnet has four contour lines leading to the BMW kidney grille. A pair of character lines rise to the rear of the car at door-handle level and a contour line near the side skirts guides the eye to the sculpted rear wheel arches. There's the usual 'Hofmeister kink' near the rear C- pillar. And at the rear, slim, darkened light units house L-shaped taillights. Inside, the instrument panel has a modern, light look with horizontal lines, high quality electroplated trim strips and contours that extend into the doors. The newly-designed instrument cluster and Control Display form a large surfaced screen grouping, while the controls not included in these units are arranged into clearly structured function panels. Your dealer will also be keen to tell you about this MK7 model's clever 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice-activated infotainment system that responds to the prompt "Hey BMW".

Market and Model

When you pause to consider that one product line - the 3 Series saloon - accounts for fully a quarter of BMW's global sales, you begin to appreciate quite how much there is riding on this car. Pricing starts at around £31,000 for the 318i petrol; or around £33,000 for the 318d diesel - with a premium of around £2,800 more for the xDrive system. You'll need a budget of nearly £40,000 for the 330e PHEV petrol model. Across the range, for the prices being asked, you now get quite a lot, with even base 'SE' trim now featuring kit like Extended LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colour settings, a reversing camera, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. All 3 Series models benefit from 40:20:40 split folding rear seats and folding rear headrests as standard. The entry model features a leather Sport steering wheel and BMW Live Cockpit plus, with its 8.8-inch central instrument cluster. There's a slightly more dynamic-looking mid-range 'Sport' model but if budget permits, you'll probably want to stretch up to top 'M Sport' trim. This gives you a body kit, sports seats, an M leather steering wheel and the new 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' dash package, which gives you a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.3-inch central instrument cluster and BMWs brand new ID7 operating system.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has concentrated on improving the efficiency of the 3 Series and there are benefits right across the board. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 60.1mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 122g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 44.1mpg and up to 145g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid which can deliver up to 217mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 return of as little as 30g/km.. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

'More where you need more and less where you want less - otherwise leave well alone' seems to be the mantra of this seventh generation BMW 3 Series. If BMW wanted to build a model that would convert those who didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, then this MK7 design probably isn't that car. Its appeal is largely the same. If, on the other hand, you're crunching hard numbers, then it's hard to see this Munich maker's much improved mid-sized executive model coming off second best to anything in its division. The class-leading rear-wheel drive driving dynamics are merely the icing on the cake. Beneath the styling changes and interior upgrades are some serious engineering updates. A new family of petrol engines and big changes to the diesel powerplants come winging in, delivering unprecedented performance/economy combinations. The 3 Series has changed a lot about the way we buy cars in this class, continually forcing its rivals to play catch up. This one's no different. As you were, people.

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Head up Display Standard (ex. VAT)
Automatic tailgate operation Standard (ex. VAT)
Bluetooth telephone preparation with USB audio interface with audio streaming Standard (ex. VAT)
Wifi hotspot preparation Standard (ex. VAT)
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £291.67 (ex. VAT)
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW gesture control Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Drive recorder Standard (ex. VAT)
Electric bootlid Standard (ex. VAT)
Adaptive M suspension Standard (ex. VAT)
Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control Standard (ex. VAT)
Harman/Kardon loud speaker system £683.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Electric glass sunroof £791.67 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Sun protection glass £266.67 (ex. VAT)
M rear spoiler Standard (ex. VAT)
High beam assistant Standard (ex. VAT)
Fully electric towbar £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Adaptive LED Headlights Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Laserlights Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents Standard (ex. VAT)
Preparation for high beam assistant Standard (ex. VAT)
Driver seat lumbar adjustment £162.50 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery Standard (ex. VAT)
Heating steering wheel £141.67 (ex. VAT)
Driver and front passenger lumbar support £220.83 (ex. VAT)
Electric seat adjustment with memory Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery with contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon Standard (ex. VAT)
Comfort pack - 3 Series Saloon £766.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium pack - 3 Series Saloon £1416.67 (ex. VAT)
M Sport plus pack - 3 Series Saloon 320i/318d/320d £1833.33 (ex. VAT)
Visibility package - 3 Series Saloon/Touring £1250.00 (ex. VAT)
Technology pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring £1500.00 (ex. VAT)
Driving assistant professional pack - 3 Series £1041.67 (ex. VAT)
Parking assistant plus pack - 3 Series £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack in combination with emergency spare wheel - 3 Series Saloon Standard (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack with USB - 3 Series Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Comfort pack in combination with emergency spare wheel - 3 Series Saloon £766.67 (ex. VAT)
Comfort plus pack - 3 Series Saloon £1566.67 (ex. VAT)
Comfort plus pack in combination with emergency spare wheel - 3 Series Saloon £1566.67 (ex. VAT)
Additional storage compartment pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Additional storage compartment pack in combination with emergency spare wheel - 3 Series Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Alpine white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral grey £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Black sapphire £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Sunset orange £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral white £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Portimao blue £579.17 (ex. VAT)
M Sport braking system Standard (ex. VAT)
M sport seatbelt Standard (ex. VAT)
M Sport brake in high gloss red £250.00 (ex. VAT)
M Sport brake in red calipers £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Comfort access system with smart opener Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Individual piano black trim £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Piano black interior trim £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Sensatec instrument panel Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Aluminium tetragon interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Mesh effect aluminium interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Fine wood oak grain open pored interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
High gloss fine wood ash grey brown interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Black with grey stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Cognac with mokka stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Tacora red with black stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Ash grey brown interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Oak grain open pored interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Run-flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
18" M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M Standard (ex. VAT)
19" M double spoke bicolour jet black light alloy wheels - Style 791M with mixed tyres and run flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
19" BMW individual double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 793 with mixed tyres and run flat tyres £625.00 (ex. VAT)
18" M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M with run flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
18" M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels with Style 790M inlcuding BMW mobility kit Standard (ex. VAT)

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Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming
Front/rear park distance control
BMW Online services
iDrive controller on centre console
Personal Profile
Variable sport steering
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Pesonal profile
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Oil sensor for level and grade
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
Auto start-stop
Condition based service
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
BMW service history
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
M sport suspension
Battery cut-out switch
Electronic differential lock
Larger capacity fuel tank
Petrol Particulate Filter
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
Stroke dependent dampers
Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
DAB tuner
Electronic service booklet
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
Rear wiper
Body colour door handles
High gloss shadow line
Body colour fuel filler flap
Black roof mouldings
LED daytime running lights
Dynamic brake lights
Body colour mirror caps
M aerodynamic body styling
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
M designation on left and right front side panels
M designation side badges
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Acoustic glazing
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator + bottom segment in matt black
Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
Left and right split exhaust tailpipes
Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Matt black exterior B pillar
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
Extended LED headlights
Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
M designation on front side panels, left and right
Fading support
Body colour mirror caps with bottom segment in matt black
Heated front seats
Anthracite headlining
Front and rear door pockets
Front head restraints
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Front and rear velour floor mats
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Front sports seats
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Ambient lighting
M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Front and rear reading lights
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading system
Make-up mirror lights
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Three zone automatic air conditioning
12V power socket in front storage compartment
3 spoke M leather steering wheel
Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
Steering column length adjustment lever
2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Centred top Luggage compartment lights
3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
Heated driver and front passenger seats
3 zone automatic air conditioning
Illuminated armrest storage compartment
Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
Ambient lighting with welcome carpet light
M sport leather steering wheel
Deletion of Lumbar support on passanger side
Backrest width adjustment
Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
M sport exterior styling pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Anti-lock brake system
Side impact protection
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Brake assist function
Warning triangle and first aid kit
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Dynamic brake control
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Brake energy regeneration
BMW emergency call
Brake drying
Braking pre-tensioning
Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
2 tone horn
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Variable torque distribution
Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Child proof locking system in rear door
Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Dry braking
Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Vehicle key with M specific designation
Selectable automatic lock when driving away
Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid and panic mode
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
CO2 146
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 2068
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 555
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 44.10
Urban 44.10
Extra Urban 41.50
Badge Engine CC 1998
Badge Power 184.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.87
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 7.10
Engine BHP 184.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1495
Engine Torque 300.00
Top Speed 146
Front Tyres 225/45 R18
Rear Tyres 255/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1435
Length 4709
Wheel Base 2851
Width 1827
Fuel Tank Size 59.00
Weight 2050
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1495
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

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The BMW 3 Series has ruled the compact part of the mid-sized executive segment for more than forty years and the company's hopes are high for this seventh generation version. It's smarter, slightly larger, more efficient and considerably high-tech. All the things you'd expect really. Something else you'd expect from this model is rear wheel drive handling purity. It doesn't disappoint in that regard either.

Background

The BMW 3 Series Saloon has had an unparalleled reputation both for its quality, and supreme handling in the premium midsize segment for more than 40 years and this, the seventh generation, raises the bar even higher. When the first BMW 3 Series was launched in 1975, it revolutionised the segment and became the Munich maker's most successful car. Since then, over 15 million 3 Series models have been sold globally and this contender is regarded as the heartbeat of the brand. With revised styling, improved driving dynamics, better efficiency and innovative features, this seventh generation model aims to continue that success story. A stiffer more sophisticated platform with revised suspension, plus stronger safety standards, a more up-market cabin and wider-reaching media connectivity will all help in that regard.

Driving Experience

It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and 184hp 320i. The 320i's same 2.0-litre engine's also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. At the top of the range, the road burning M3 Competition saloon also has a 3.0-litre twin turbo six cylinder petrol engine, this one developing 503hp. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.1s (or just 6.8s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an optional M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering. This is standard on the M340i ad the M3 Competition.

Design and Build

This seventh generation 3 Series model has had its proportions radically revised. The MK7 design is 85mm longer than its predecessor and 16mm wider, but just 1mm taller. Added to that, its wheelbase has been extended by 41mm and its track widths are wider too. As usual, there'll be saloon and Touring estate body styles. At the front, the large BMW kidney grille elements are framed by a single surround and split up by wide bars and link to the headlight units. The Munich brand's customary twin headlights feature the familiar two-way split that is further emphasised by an eye-catching notch in the front apron that rises into the headlight contour. The bonnet has four contour lines leading to the BMW kidney grille. A pair of character lines rise to the rear of the car at door-handle level and a contour line near the side skirts guides the eye to the sculpted rear wheel arches. There's the usual 'Hofmeister kink' near the rear C- pillar. And at the rear, slim, darkened light units house L-shaped taillights. Inside, the instrument panel has a modern, light look with horizontal lines, high quality electroplated trim strips and contours that extend into the doors. The newly-designed instrument cluster and Control Display form a large surfaced screen grouping, while the controls not included in these units are arranged into clearly structured function panels. Your dealer will also be keen to tell you about this MK7 model's clever 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice-activated infotainment system that responds to the prompt "Hey BMW".

Market and Model

When you pause to consider that one product line - the 3 Series saloon - accounts for fully a quarter of BMW's global sales, you begin to appreciate quite how much there is riding on this car. Pricing starts at around £31,000 for the 318i petrol; or around £33,000 for the 318d diesel - with a premium of around £2,800 more for the xDrive system. You'll need a budget of nearly £40,000 for the 330e PHEV petrol model. Across the range, for the prices being asked, you now get quite a lot, with even base 'SE' trim now featuring kit like Extended LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colour settings, a reversing camera, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. All 3 Series models benefit from 40:20:40 split folding rear seats and folding rear headrests as standard. The entry model features a leather Sport steering wheel and BMW Live Cockpit plus, with its 8.8-inch central instrument cluster. There's a slightly more dynamic-looking mid-range 'Sport' model but if budget permits, you'll probably want to stretch up to top 'M Sport' trim. This gives you a body kit, sports seats, an M leather steering wheel and the new 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' dash package, which gives you a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.3-inch central instrument cluster and BMWs brand new ID7 operating system.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has concentrated on improving the efficiency of the 3 Series and there are benefits right across the board. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 60.1mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 122g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 44.1mpg and up to 145g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid which can deliver up to 217mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 return of as little as 30g/km.. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

'More where you need more and less where you want less - otherwise leave well alone' seems to be the mantra of this seventh generation BMW 3 Series. If BMW wanted to build a model that would convert those who didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, then this MK7 design probably isn't that car. Its appeal is largely the same. If, on the other hand, you're crunching hard numbers, then it's hard to see this Munich maker's much improved mid-sized executive model coming off second best to anything in its division. The class-leading rear-wheel drive driving dynamics are merely the icing on the cake. Beneath the styling changes and interior upgrades are some serious engineering updates. A new family of petrol engines and big changes to the diesel powerplants come winging in, delivering unprecedented performance/economy combinations. The 3 Series has changed a lot about the way we buy cars in this class, continually forcing its rivals to play catch up. This one's no different. As you were, people.

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