BMW 3 Series

₹ 49.32 Lakhs

On-Road Price, Mumbai

Overview of the car

Sedan

Automatic

Diesel

13.3 Mileage

57 Litres

8 AirBags

5 Seater

2 years / Unlimited kms

Performance Metrics
225

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
7.9

seconds

0-100 kph
11.3

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1995 cc
Max Power
188 bhp
Torque
38.7 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2810 mm
Ground Clearance
157 mm
Bootspace
480 ltrs
Turning Circle
11.3 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Double Joint Spring-Strut Axle
Rear Suspension
Five-Arm Suspension
Steering Type
Electric Power Steering
Tyres
Front: 225/55 R16
Rear: 225/55 R16
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The steering is full of feel, body control is very good and the 3-series corners with a degree of poise and confidence its rivals just can’t match. The suspension tweaks have also helped the ride, as the car absorbs bumps and lumps well.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The all-new, feature-packed interiors and shockingly spacious back seat havent just raised the bar, they have catapulted it out of reach of its competition.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Strong performance,ride,engaging handling

What you won’t like?

Low Seating position

TorqueX Says

New Diesel Engine and Tweets to the Suspension Help Bring the 3-Series Back into the Limelight

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Autocar Review

BMW 3 Series Review, Road Test

BMW 3 Series

What is it?

Luxury and driving pleasure have always been the focus of every BMW, and with the sporty 3-series luxury sedan, the brand’s bread-and-butter model, it’s no different. The car recently received a facelift and in the wake of the ongoing anti-diesel sentiment in India, BMW has now brought back the petrol model in the form of the 320i.

The engine in question displaces 1,998cc and comes with a twin-scroll turbo to boost performance. Power produced is a healthy 184hp and there’s 270Nm of torque. Like all traditional BMWs, power is sent to the rear wheels and there’s an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The car is available in two variants – Prestige and Luxury– which retail at Rs 36.90 lakh and Rs 42.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.

The exterior of the car remains unchanged from the diesel 3-series, but what keen drivers may miss is the sportier body kit and bigger 18-inch wheels that the diesel 3-series offers on its range-topping M Sport variant.

What’s it like on the inside?

BMW did update the interior of the 3-series recently with the facelift and it now makes use of better quality materials all around. The insides are a bit brighter and more plush looking, and there are more metallic highlights thrown around. However, it still doesn’t feel as plush as the class-benchmark, the C-class. Some of the plastic bits still feel hard and the basic design has started to age a bit as well. What some older customers also won’t like is the low and sporty seating position that is typically BMW. The rear seats though, have plenty of legroom and support for the thighs and the seat-back is better than most cars in its class.

In terms of equipment, the more expensive Luxury gets a new and larger 8.8-inch iDrive screen, 20GB of internal storage, navigation, a 205W-nine-speaker audio system and full-leather seats. This variant also gets steering-mounted paddle-shifters for the gearbox and Sport+ mode(the Prestige version only gets three driving modes – Comfort, EcoPro and Sport).

 

What’s it like to drive?

With 184hp available, acceleration is quite strong. 0-100kph takes just 8.14 seconds and 140kph comes up in 15.03 seconds, the latter as quick as the diesel 320d; Merc’s C-class petrol, which accelerates from 0-140kph in 14.98s is marginally quicker though. The engine also behaves like a typical BMW motor. To begin with, it’s almost impossible to tell that this engine has a turbo; power delivery is smooth and there are no sudden spikes in the power curve. Power also builds seamlessly from as low as 1,500rpm. There’s an extremely strong tug past 3,500rpm and the four-cylinder even spins all the way to 6,800rpm. It isn’t nearly as enthusiastic in the last 1000rpm as some of BMW’s earlier naturally aspirated engines and it doesn’t sound nearly as sweet either, but what it loses out in enthusiasm, it more than makes up for in mid-range punch. That said, there is a hint of hesitation when you try and accelerate from around 1000rpm, but apart from that, this motor is just very impressive.

Otherwise the 3-series is the super ride, handling and steering package it has been since its launch four years ago. The steering is full of feel, body control is very good and the 3-series corners with a degree of poise and confidence its rivals just can’t match. What makes the package even sweeter is that this new car rides quite beautifully, absorbing most of the bumps and potholes you come across on our roads with plenty of suppleness and silence. You do encounter the stiffness in the springs when you run over sharp bumps, but that’s only to be expected.

Should I buy one?

The 3-series has always managed to blend comfort and fun to drive in a single package, and the new 320i is no different. There’s a fair amount of performance on hand, the car drives beautifully and comfort on the back seats is excellent too. Those who expected it to be priced a bit lower than the diesel, as earlier, are likely to be a bit disappointed though. Still, the new 3-series is a real BMW and is right up there with the best cars in its class; the compact luxury sedan to buy if you like to drive.  

 

 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (8)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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