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2019 BMW 3 Series full range price and features announced

By Tony O'Kane, 17 Jun 2019 News

2019 BMW 3 Series full range price and features announced

BMW Australia expands its 3 Series range with the 320i, 330e and M340i

BMW Australia has announced pricing for the rest of the all-new 3 Series range, with the 320i range opener, 330e plug-in hybrid and performance-oriented M340i xDrive joining the 320d and 330i that have been in local showrooms since March.

Set to begin deliveries in September, the new additions to the 3 Series family will help broaden the appeal of BMW's stalwart midsize sedan. 

2019 BMW 3 series

The 320i brings the price of entry down lower, retailing at $64,900 and representing a $3000 saving against the similarly-specified (but diesel-powered) 320d that has, up until now, been the cheapest variant in the range. Powered by a 135kW/300Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol, the 320i trades mechanical oomph for a more budget-friendly pricetag when compared to the more muscular 320d.

Its equipment levels are roughly the same as the 320d, though, with features like the M Sport package (which bundles a sportier steering wheel, seats, Alcantara upholstery and a black headlining together), M Sport suspension, advanced driver assist features, parking assistant, a dual-screen infotainment/instrument panel, LED headlamps, wireless phone charger and 18-inch alloy wheels all as standard.

2019 BMW 330e

Meanwhile, the 330e sits in the middle at $75,900. It asks a $5K premium over the turbo petrol 330i's retail sticker, but brings a synchronous electric drive motor and lithium-ion battery to endow it with a useful 60km of emissions-free range. With 185kW (or 215kW for short periods) and 420Nm when both its petrol and electric motors are working in concert, the 330e can zip to 100km/h from rest in a hothatch-like 5.9 seconds.

Its specification builds on that of the 320i/320d, with M Sport brakes, adaptive M suspension, keyless entry, Vernasca leather upholstery, 360-degree parking camera view, additional driver aids and 19-inch alloys as standard.

However it's the M340i xDrive that's the star performer for now - at least until the next-generation M3 breaks cover. The M340i is the only model in the range to feature an engine bigger than 2.0 litres, with its 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six generating 285kW and 500Nm - 45kW and 50Nm more than the previous-generation M340i.

With all of that power going to all four wheels via a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic, performance is predictably brisk, and the zero-to-hundred sprint is done away with in just 4.4 seconds.

Standard equipment also gets a boost with the M340i, which receives a powered tailgate, leather-trimmed dash, adjustable lumbar support, heated front seats, laser headlamps, a Harman/Kardon 16-speaker premium audio and 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels. 

The existing 320d and 330i carry over with no changes

The 320d starts at $67,900, which is an increase of $2100 over the equivalent last-gen diesel.

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With a twin-turbo four-pot, the 320d sends 140kW and 400Nm to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power has not increased during the generational leap as the engine carries over from the sixth-gen model.

However, BMW claims the latest 3 Series is up to 55kg lighter than  its predecessor depending on specification.

Stepping up to the more powerful 330i costs $70,900, meaning the cost of the mid-level sedan has not changed between generations.

The same can’t be said for power, with 190kW and 400Nm being sent to the rear wheels (up 5kW/50Nm) via an eight-speed automatic ‘box. The engine is a modified version of that fitted to the outgoing 330i.

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Australian customers will be treated to the latest-generation of BMW’s adaptive M suspension as standard on the 330i, lowering the ride height by 10mm and adding electronically controlled dampers. The 320d has M sport suspension as standard, which lowers the ride height, but misses out on the adaptive dampers.

Customers can also option an M Sport limited-slip differential for their 330i, with the electronically controlled system aiding the car’s dynamic ability.

Competing against the all-new 3 Series are its classic rivals, the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The latter’s C220d starts at $64,900, undercutting the BMW, while the C300 wears a sticker price of $71,400, making it the most expensive of the German trio in equivalent spec. The older C300 has the same 190kW output as the BMW 330i, but is down 30Nm.

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Meanwhile, the A4 2.0-litre TDI starts at $67,300, making it line-ball with the diesel BMW. Both have a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 140kW and 400Nm, with the most significant difference being where power is sent – the Audi diverting grunt to the front treads, while BMW preferences the rear.

Audi’s A4 2.0-litre TFSI is priced at $70,300, making it the cheapest of the Germans, however it is the least powerful with outputs of 185kW and 370Nm.

PRICING

The full BMW 3 Series range is available for order now, though the 320i, 330e and M340i xDrive aren't due to begin deliveries until September 2019. 

  • BMW 320i - $64,900
  • BMW 320d - $67,900
  • BMW 330i - $70,900
  • BMW 330e - $75,900
  • BMW M340i xDrive - $99,900