Acceleration, fuel economy, handling, cabin features
Expensive, conservative styling, steering feel
The redesigned-for-2012 BMW 3-Series has a wider track and is now 93 mm longer than the outgoing model, with the wheelbase stretched by 50 mm. That makes the 3-Series more spacious than before, but the new car is also 40 kg lighter. It is now also available in three trim variants – the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. An optional M sport package consisting of sporty suspension, cabin trim and body kit is also offered. A choice of two "TwinPower" turbo engines are available. In addition to the 3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbo engine powering the 335i, there is a new 240 hp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine in the BMW 328i. A detuned 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine in the base 320i model and a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine in the base 316i model became available later. An 8-speed automatic gearbox with auto start-stop tech is offered for the first time, although there is also a 6-speed manual available that will likely never be shipped here by local dealers. In addition, all the tech features offered in the 5-Series seems to be offered in the 3-Series as well, including variable steering, dynamic damper control, brake energy regeneration, iDrive computer, heads-up display, surround-view cameras, parking assistant and more. Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, stability control, seatbelt pretensioners, optional automatic braking and more.