Depending on how you equip your 3-Series, you can end up with a spirited, sensible sport sedan, a focused track-day machine that really looks the part, or a small luxury sedan with a sporting edge. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. Coupe and Convertible versions have a 6-speed automatic available instead of the 8-speed and a 230-hp six , but a 6-speed manual gearbox is also offered throughout the entire 3-Series lineup. An M Sport package lowers the ride height by 0. The sedan gets front knee airbags. The rear-drive M3 coupe and convertible are also carryover models and are powered by a naturally aspirated 414-hp, 295 lb-ft 4.
In Edmunds brake testing, a 328i sedan with 18-inch summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 115 feet, while the 328i M Sport stopped in 109 feet. There are other trim lines too, one of them being Sport. The changes on the outside are nice, and the revised interior is better in virtually every way, including the welcome increase in size. Got to admit we left it in Sport most of the time which keeps traction turned on and avoids any embarrassing spills. It has many safety features, and with all wheel drive it hugs the road in rain and snow. The trunk is about average for the class at 13 cubic feet. Maps are out of date and error filled.
But we found the power advantage of the 335i over the 328i to be negligible in most but not all situations. The 335is has a twin-turbocharged 3. That's because the two sedans make use of the same 2. Moving a foot under the bumper can also open the trunk. Another eye-opener for new shoppers is that most of these cars have imitation leather upholstery rather than the real thing in their base models the A4 is an exception. Small storage space and trunk. However, last year's redesign only applied to the 328i and 335i sedan.
But I found it to be considerably evolved toward the look of the current 5-series, especially in terms of the tail lights. Yes, I had heard the gurgled idle and gnarled engine note and felt the occasional vibration. Yes, our test car was one of the most expensive in the Challenge, even without navigation and some other features, but it was reasonably well-equipped and accommodating, and no other car made us as gleeful behind the wheel. Most shoppers will be pretty happy with this engine. Additionally, 3-Series models can be dressed up in Luxury Line, Modern Line, and Sport Line guise.
We're not sure how it will hold its charm over the long term, though it may make for a collector car someday. A parking assistance package adds a rearview and surround-view camera system for better maneuverability around the mall parking lot, and advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitors and lane-departure warning can add peace of mind. There is also a temporary overboost function that bumps max torque up to 370 lb-ft. The nine-speaker sound system is excellent. That might be the answer for some. In the gee whiz arena, it rocks. With better seat contouring and that added inch or two, it's now possible to fit adults in back, although taller occupants will still be splaying their knees and you won't want to subject adults to vast distances in the back seat.
Almost no driver aid technologies are available at this trim level. Sport seats just up the ante on all of the above. In one case the dome light had not been properly attached to the headliner. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. The ActiveHybrid3 offers lower emissions and better fuel economy, but it's expensive. We drove a 328i hard up a primitive mountain road, overdriving the tires, allowing the active safety features to limit speed around the bumpy switchbacks. The electric power assist program builds nicely and doesn't add artificial weight to the steering, and it even provides a little feedback at the 3-Series' limit of grip, which is further than most people would consider taking the car.
As is required of all 2012 and later models, the 3 Series includes antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control. A head-up display relays useful information to the driver via the windshield. The recall is expected to begin October 9, 2015. However, techies will want to look further up the line for gadgets. The 2013 3-series is all-new, and the changes are significant compared to the last generation, which. Crack in visor mirror from purchase.
The interior is roomy and comfortable with the instrumentation in the correct places. The convertible lacks the side curtain airbags, but the regular front-seat side airbags extend up to head level and there are also pop-up rollover hoops. Data Unavailable Third Leg Room in. Data Unavailable Spare Bolt Pattern Data Unavailable Spare Tire Size Data Unavailable Interior Passenger Area Coupe-328i xDrive Select Trim to compare. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.