The BMW 3 Series is a sedan offered in by the German carmaker. The sedan comes in two engines, a petrol and a diesel. The BMW 320i comes in two variants, 320i Prestige and 320i Luxury Line. The BMW 320d comes in four different variants, 320d Prestige, 320d Sport Line, 320d Luxury Line and 320d M Sport. In terms of safety, it comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Corner Braking Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. Key features include LED headlights with four LED DRL (Daytime Running Lamps) light rings, LED fog lights and BMW connected drive with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
The driver seat in the BMW 3 Series can be adjusted electrically and has a memory function for the convenience of the owner.
The cruise control on the higher models of the BMW 3 Series is fairly simple to operate and the start/stop function saves fuel when needed.
The headlamps of the BMW 3 Series offer good illumination while driving at night
The BMW 3 Series is entry level sedan in BMW’s range. It has the classical three-box design comprising of long bonnet, short front overhang, long wheelbase and rear set greenhouse all of which promise pure dynamics. The transition from the roof line to the rear window lends the vehicle a coupé-like appearance. The iconic BMW kidney grill with 11 slats is done in black high gloss or chrome as per the variant. Combined with the LED headlight with four LED DRL light rings emphasises the breadth and the sporting character of the vehicle.
The BMW 3 Series creates an impression of a cockpit with efficient space management in order to provide the driver access to all information on the instrument display. In the middle part of the central console is the iDrive controller which controls all the functions on the monitor upfront that is easily accessible by both front occupants. There is ample amount of space with cup holders and a removal storage compartments. It also has additional storage compartment in the central console for mobile devices. The interior trim has choices like walnut with pearl chrome and anthracite with pearl chrome. It also has Bluetooth with audio streaming and handsfree.
The BMW 3 Series has two engine options a 1,998cc petrol and 1,995cc diesel. The petrol engine generates 184 hp of power at 5,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque between 1,350 and 4,600 rpm. The diesel engine generates 190 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Both engines are tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.
The BMW 3 Series is equipped with an 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission for all variants. The transmission offers smooth gear changes and features well tuned ratios which have a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance.
In terms of safety, BMW 3 Series comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Corner Braking Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. It also has an electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensors. It also comes with side impact protection with runflat tyres with reinforced side walls.
The BMW 3 Series petrol variants come with a certified mileage of 17.61 kmpl whereas the diesel variants come with a mileage of 22.69 kmpl. These reasonable figures are due to the 8 speed Steptronic transmission which reduces engine speeds thereby reducing fuel consumption.
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