BMW 3 Series

5/5
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Verdict

The BMW 3 Series has been around since 1975 and since then it has been an extremely popular machine. Available as a Saloon, an Estate and in Gran Turismo form, the 3 Series line-up accounts for a massive amount of BMW’s overall annual sales.

Performance

The 3 Series family runs on a selection of 3, 4 and 6-cylinder engines. The TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engines throw up some very attractive statistics that should keep most drivers happy. These 3.0 litre engines offer a maximum output of 326hp at between 5,500 and 6,500rpm. The claimed 0-100km in the 340i is that it will achieve this speed in just 5.2 seconds. The 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engines can produce an output of 252hp and BMW reckons it’ll give you 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds in the 330i. The 3-cylinder petrol engine returns 136hp from its 1.5 litre engine.
The 6-cylinder 3.0 litre diesel engine offers 313hp in the 335d xDrive saloon and can generate an impressive 630Nm of torque. In the extremely popular 320d the 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine offers a very plausible 190hp.

Ride & Handling

M Sport suspension is optional with this vehicle and when you opt for it there is a noticeable improvement in body control. In saying that, the standard suspension isn’t terrible, it just has room for improvement. The M3 offers an amazing drive and the technology in the vehicle truly kicks-in to ensure maximum body control. The xDrive model also handles very well with better traction than standard models.

Refinement

Both the petrol and diesel models can get a bit loud, especially the 4-cylinder options. The 3 Series is well insulated and journeying in this vehicle is very refined. Of course, you should expect extra noise from the M3!

Quality & Reliability

The iDrive infotainment system is easy to use and is very intuitive. The plastics are of high quality and the front cabin is a comfortable place to be. As standard you will find alloy wheels as well as a selection of upholstery cloth. A choice of interior finishes is also available. Of course, as you go through the available options in the “Sport” and “Luxury” trims you will find that the selection available goes up market, but entry level equipment is impressive when compared to some of BMW’s competitors.

Safety & Security

There is a myriad of safety systems available when you go down the 3 series route. Systems include the “Driving Assistant” package. This is a mix of lane departure warning technology along with approach control and pedestrian warning systems.
Also available is adaptive cruise control, or as BMW calls it, “Active cruise control”. This is different in that it’s very handy in traffic jams. When there’s lots of traffic the driver can set the system to take over and it maintains a safe distance between you and the driver in front.

Space & Practicality

The 3 Series is a practical saloon. The space is not what one would call vast, but to be fair there’s enough room for the larger of us to the front and rear. The opening of the boot is slightly narrow and it can be difficult to get bulky items like buggies or larger suitcases in.

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Key Facts

Make

BMW

Model
3 Series
Variant
3 Series Saloon F30 318i SE
Car Category
Compact Executive
First Launched
2012
Engine (L)
1.5
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€37,420
Driver Review Rating
4
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.4
Average km/L
18.5
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
57
Fuel Tank Range
1056 km
Cost of filling a tank
€74.9
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.19
CO2 emmissions
129 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
136 bhp
Max Power kW
101
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1499
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Rear
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
210 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
8.9 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
480 L
Air Conditioning
Automatic air conditioning
Automatic Parking
Available as optional extra
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available as optional extra
Power Steering
Yes
Reversing Camera
Available as optional extra

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Interior Comfort

Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
USB Connectivity
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
480 L
Tyre size front
205/60 R16 mm
Tyre size back
205/60 R16 mm

Technical Information

Power
136 bhp
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