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Driver Convenience

  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Automatic start/stop system
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW live cockpit professional
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator, front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service
  • Front/rear park distance control
  • IDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Pesonal profile
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Variable sport steering

Entertainment

  • DAB tuner

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing
  • Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Black roof mouldings
  • Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator + bottom segment in matt black
  • Brushed aluminium inserts in the front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Extended LED headlights
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Front and rear bumpers with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Left and right split exhaust tailpipes
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • M designation on left and right front side panels
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Matt black exterior trim
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient lighting
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
  • Front sport seats
  • Gear selection lever with M specific designation
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • Steering column length adjustment lever
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
  • Three zone automatic air conditioning
  • Through load system with 40/20/40 folding rear seat
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon
  • M aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon

Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • ABS
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Crash sensor
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
  • DSC+
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Hill start assist
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Selectable automatic lock when driving away
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation

Technical

  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Electronic differential lock
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • Run-flat tyres

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

120

HC

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1995

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

84

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90

Engine Code

B47D20O0

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

61.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

67.3

EC Urban (mpg)

53.3

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

190

Based On ID

Coin Description

d xDrive

Coin Series

M Sport

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Service Interval Mileage

15500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

6.9

Engine Power - BHP

190

Engine Power - KW

140

Engine Power - RPM

4400

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

295

Engine Torque - MKG

40.8

Engine Torque - NM

400

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

145

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R18

Tyre Size Rear

255/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

RUN FLAT TYRES

Wheel Style

DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 790M

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1445

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4709

Wheelbase

2851

Width

1827

Width (including mirrors)

2068

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

59

Gross Vehicle Weight

2170

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

480

Max. Loading Weight

630

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1600

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1540

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.95

On The Road

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Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

'More where you need more and less where you want less - otherwise leave well alone' seems to be the mantra of this latest BMW 3 Series. If BMW wanted to build a model that would convert those who didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, then this revised MK6 design isn't that car. Its appeal is largely the same. If, on the other hand, you're crunching hard numbers, then it's hard to see this Munich maker's much improved compact executive model coming off second best to anything in its division. The class-leading rear-wheel drive driving dynamics are merely the icing on the cake. Beneath the low-key styling changes and modest interior meddling are some serious engineering updates. A new family of petrol engines and big changes to the diesel powerplants comes winging in, delivering unprecedented performance/economy combinations. The 3 Series has changed a lot about the way we buy cars in this class, continually forcing its rivals to play catch up. This one's no different. As you were, people.

Background

Since 2012, when BMW introduced the sixth-generation 3 Series to its range, not a lot of remedial work has really been necessary. BMW's compact executive weapon was deployed, it decimated the field and normal service was resumed. Fire and forget, if you like. But, as you can imagine, rivals in the compact executive sector don't tend to take that sort of treatment very well and since the launch of the original MK6 model 3 Series, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus and Jaguar have all launched talented all-new rivals into this segment This is BMW's response, a smarter-looking, more efficient, cleverer 3 Series. You'll need to be in the know to fully appreciate the significance of the changes that have been made but take some time to understand BMW's thinking here and it's hard not to be impressed.

Driving Experience

If you're of a generation who remembers the badge on the back of a 3 Series denoting its engine size, you might be a bit confused by the latest line-up. The 330i, for example, no longer packs a six-cylinder lump, instead squeezing 252PS from its turbo four, replacing the old 328i in the process. If you do want a six-cylinder petrol engine, BMW will sell you the 340i, a new variant that wings in with 326PS (the same as the old 'E36' M3 Evo super-coupe) and will take a blink over five seconds to get to 62mph. At the other end of the petrol engine range is - and you might want to take a seat for this - a 136PS three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine that's been pinched from the MINI line. Most of the diesel engines are heavily modified or new. At the base of the range is the 116PS 316d trim and the 150PS 318d, but the most attractive models will likely be the 320d and 320d Efficient Dynamics. The regular 320d weighs in with a gutsy 190PS, for a 0-62mph time of 7.2sec in automatic trim. The aforementioned 320d ED wields a more modest 163PS but retains the same 400Nm torque, so it's not much slower but it is a whole lot more economical. The 258PS 330d is automatic only and scuttles to 62mph in 5.6sec, while there's a 313PS 335d at the top of the tree with a huge 630Nm. BMW will continue to offer the 3 Series with its xDrive four-wheel drive system. It's available as an option on the 320i, 320d and 330d and is standard on the 335d. Munich has also made big advances with the latest eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Design and Build

One thing that hasn't changed all that much is BMW's low-key approach to mid-life styling updates. Blink and you'll miss them. Stand looking at the car for fifteen minutes and you might still miss them. The key design theme seems to be to make the car look wider and lower than before, so BMW has revised the front and rear bumper assemblies with broader horizontal elements. The headlights have also been tinkered with, LED indicators now acting as eyebrows across the top of the light units. At the rear, the tail lamps are full-LED units with more heavily curved light bars. There is also a revised range of wheels, with rims up to 19 inches in diameter available as an option - and 20-inch wheels can be selected from the BMW accessories range. The cabins have had a similarly light touch applied to them, with a splash of chrome here and a high-gloss surface there. Other updates include cup holders in the centre console with a sliding cover and an additional practical storage area for items such as a smartphone, positioned forward of the cup holders. There's a respectable amount of rear legroom for what remains a manageably-sized car. The saloon's luggage bay still measures 480-litres - or there's the Touring estate version with 495-litres.

Market and Model

When you pause to consider that one product line - the 3 Series saloon - accounts for fully a quarter of BMW's global sales, you begin to appreciate quite how much there is riding on this car. That's why you won't see out-there updates, divisive styling or radical technology pioneered on a 3 Series. It's a car that needs to appeal to an awful lot of people. In the UK, only the 318d, 320i and 320d models will be offered with all four trim levels: SE, Sport, Luxury and M Sport, so expect these models to make up the lion's share of domestic sales. Choose the entry-level 318i and 316d models and you get a choice of SE or Sport trim only. Go for the mainstream SE trim and you get cloth seats and a reduction in interior chrome jewellery. The Luxury, Sport or M Sport models get an accent strip in the instrument panel that continues into all four doors, while Sport and Luxury trims get leather upholstery. Business Navigation is now standard on all 3 Series saloon and Touring models. And yes, you can still get the barnstorming M3 super-saloon variant. Prices sit in the £25,000 to £40,000 bracket and there's a premium of around £1,500 to go from the saloon to the Touring estate variant.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has concentrated on improving the efficiency of the 3 Series and there are benefits right across the board. The three-cylinder petrol engine records CO2 emissions of just 122g/km (with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission),a 12% improvement over the previous BMW 316i. Fuel consumption is equally impressive, with the saloon returning up to 54.3mpg and the Touring estate version 51.4mpg. The 320i isn't far behind with CO2 emissions of 134g/km and fuel consumption of 48.7mpg. Of course, most UK customers will look to the diesel engines and they're not going to be disappointed. For example, the 316d returns up to 68.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 109g/km. Go for the pokier 320d and though you get more power (up from 184 to 190PS),emissions have been reduced by 6% to just 111g/km, not at all bad for a car that can hit 143mph. The Steptronic automatic transmission option now features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the new Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to ""anticipate"" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.