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Snackable Review: BMW 3 Series

23 Oct 2015 Car Reviews

Snackable Review: BMW 3 Series

BMW’s 3 Series was once the compact luxury sedan, but these days its rivals have never been stronger in either number or competitiveness. Can a major 2015 update for the current-generation model bring key advantages?

PLUS

  • For second time in 2015, BMW Australia has greatly improved the value of every BMW 3 Series model – either by cutting prices, adding equipment, or both.
  • Value of 340i model improved by about $25,000 since November 2014 (when 335i).
  • At the pointy end of its segment for driving entertainment.
  • Selectable suspension settings standard on 320i model and above – bringing excellent ride quality in Comfort mode and the tightest body control in Dynamic mode.
  • The BMW 3 Series already had benchmark engines but all-new petrol and diesel engine family further improves performance and fuel economy. All engines are mated to a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox.
  • 320d with four-cylinder turbo diesel officially uses just 4.4 litres per 100km.
  • 340i model tremendously quick off the mark and through the gears.
  • Range starts at a competitive $54,900 for the 318i, which is powered by a three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

MINUS

  • Variable Sport steering that is optional on some models and standard on 340i is affected by bumps and cambers, and should be smoother generally.
  • Interior has been given some extra polish with additional trim elements, though while it looks sufficiently smart it still trails the C-Class’s super-classy cabin and will be outpointed by upcoming Audi A4.
  • In a sports-luxury sedan context, the sound of 340i’s turbo six-cylinder could be louder and more satisfying.
  • Rear headroom could be more generous.

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