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BMW 3-series

The BMW 3-series feature excellent drive quality and perfect body balance

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
318d 122 hp 5.6 l/100km Diesel 10.6 s 206 km/h
318i 129 hp ? Petrol 10 s ?
320i 150 hp 7.4 l/100km Petrol 8.8 s 220 km/h
320d 163 hp 5.7 l/100km Diesel 8.3 s 225 km/h
320si 173 hp ? Petrol ? ?
325i 218 hp 8.4 l/100km Petrol 7 s 245 km/h
328i 230 hp ? Petrol ? 250 km/h
330d 231 hp 6.5 l/100km Diesel 6.7 s 250 km/h
330i 258 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 6.3 s 250 km/h
335d Twin Turbo 286 hp 7.5 l/100km Diesel 6.1 s 250 km/h
335i Twin Turbo 300 hp 9.5 l/100km Petrol 5.5 s 260 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 520 mm
Width 1 817 mm
Height 1 421 mm
Wheelbase 2 760 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 395 kg
Weight (max) 1 840 kg
Boot space (min) 460 l
Boot space (max) 460 l
Fuel capacity 61 l


   The BMW 3-series is produced since 2005. It is available as sedan, coupe, convertible and estate.

   All engines on the new 3-series provide strong performance. The diesel engines are more attractive than ever, as they feature excellent fuel economy and are willing performers. The best all-rounder is the 2.0-liter diesel, delivering 163 hp. The hottest is the BMW 335i model, delivering 300 hp and accelerating to 100 km/h (60 mph) in just 5.5 seconds. Manual gearbox, comes as standard, while automatic is optional.

   The BMW 3-series has a sharpest steering in the class. Furthermore the steering is accurate and gives a good feedback to the driver. Excellent body control and strong grip give it poise through corners. However a firm suspension makes you aware of bumps, but it's not uncomfortable.

   The BMW 3-series has a well isolated cabin from the outside noises. Engines are silent, however you can still tell, weather it is diesel or petrol, but you can barely hear it even as the revs go up. Some wind noise is noticeable at high speed, but the road noise is well kept away. Consequently the quiet 3-series cars are great as a long-distance cruisers.

   The 3-series BMW is more expensive to buy than similar Audi or Jaguar models, but it is one of the best cars in this class. It's low running costs and rock solid mechanical reliability make it a good choice, furthermore it will keep it's value well.

   Inside the cabin everything is built-to-last from the top quality materials. There are numerous trim combinations. The dash layout is clear and easy to use, unless you will go for the fiddly iDrive control system. The steering wheel and drivers seat both have a good range of adjustments.

   The rear passengers have enough legroom, but the headroom in not sufficient. However there is a large boot, but it's shape could be better.

   There is plenty of safety equipment inside the 3-seris BMW. It comes with front, side and curtain airbags as standard. Furthermore an ABS, run-flat tyres and stability control system are standard as well. It is worth mentioning, that it received a maximum five stars rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Thieves are kept away by deadlocks.

   The basic 3-series models are fitted with air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows and CD player. The ES trim adds alloy wheels and foglights. The top-specification cars come with larger alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel, traction control and parking sensors. Options includes voice-operated controls and headlights that swivel around corners.

   Production of the BMW 3-series still continues. The new M3 model will be available since 2007.


   Advantages: The BMW 3-series feature excellent drive quality and perfect body balance going through corners. The engines are strong, yet economical. Interior refinement is excellent.

   Disadvantages: The rear headroom is limited. The car is pricey to buy.

   Verdict: Brilliant to drive, but considering it's price equipment list could be longer.

   Also consider: Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-class.


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