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BMW 3 SERIES SALOON 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto

BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
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BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG48.70
  • 0-62mph7.3 secs
  • Top Speed146 mph
  • C02134 g/km
  • BHP184
  • Torque199 lbs/f
  • P11D27%

Review

The BMW 3 Series has ruled the compact part of the mid-sized executive segment for more than forty years and the company's hopes are high for this seventh generation version. It's smarter, slightly larger, more efficient and considerably high-tech. All the things you'd expect really. Something else you'd expect from this model is rear wheel drive handling purity. It doesn't disappoint in that regard either.

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The BMW 3 Series gets wide-ranging improvements in seventh generation form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The BMW 3 Series Saloon has had an unparalleled reputation both for its quality, and supreme handling in the premium midsize segment for more than 40 years and this, the seventh generation, raises the bar even higher. When the first BMW 3 Series was launched in 1975, it revolutionised the segment and became the Munich maker's most successful car. Since then, over 15 million 3 Series models have been sold globally and this contender is regarded as the heartbeat of the brand. With revised styling, improved driving dynamics, better efficiency and innovative features, this seventh generation model aims to continue that success story. A stiffer more sophisticated platform with revised suspension, plus stronger safety standards, a more up-market cabin and wider-reaching media connectivity will all help in that regard.

Driving Experience

It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 184hp 320i. The same engine's also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.1s (or just 6.8s for the auto). At the top of the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - thoiugh only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an optional M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering. This is standard on the M340i.

Design and Build

This seventh generation 3 Series model has had its proportions radically revised. The MK7 design is 85mm longer than its predecessor and 16mm wider, but just 1mm taller. Added to that, its wheelbase has been extended by 41mm and its track widths are wider too. As usual, there'll be saloon and Touring estate body styles. At the front, the large BMW kidney grille elements are framed by a single surround and split up by wide bars and link to the headlight units. The Munich brand's customary twin headlights feature the familiar two-way split that is further emphasised by an eye-catching notch in the front apron that rises into the headlight contour. The bonnet has four contour lines leading to the BMW kidney grille. A pair of character lines rise to the rear of the car at door-handle level and a contour line near the side skirts guides the eye to the sculpted rear wheel arches. There's the usual 'Hofmeister kink' near the rear C- pillar. And at the rear, slim, darkened light units house L-shaped taillights. Inside, the instrument panel has a modern, light look with horizontal lines, high quality electroplated trim strips and contours that extend into the doors. The newly-designed instrument cluster and Control Display form a large surfaced screen grouping, while the controls not included in these units are arranged into clearly structured function panels. Your dealer will also be keen to tell you about this MK7 model's clever 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice-activated infotainment system that responds to the prompt "Hey BMW".

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. Pricing starts at around £34,000 for the 320d diesel - with a premium of around £2,800 more for the xDrive system. You'll need a budget of around £38,000 for the 330i petrol model. For that though, you now get quite a lot, with even base 'SE' trim now featuring kit like Extended LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colour settings, a reversing camera, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. All 3 Series models benefit from 40:20:40 split folding rear seats and folding rear headrests as standard. The entry model features a leather Sport steering wheel and BMW Live Cockpit plus, with its 8.8-inch central instrument cluster. There's a slightly more dynamic-looking mid-range 'Sport' model but if budget permits, you'll probably want to stretch up to top 'M Sport' trim. This gives you a body kit, sports seats, an M leather steering wheel and the new 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' dash package, which gives you a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.3-inch central instrument cluster and BMWs brand new ID7 operating system.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has concentrated on improving the efficiency of the 3 Series and there are benefits right across the board. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Average fuel consumption is rated at 64.2mpg for the 2WD 320d (the automatic version registers 67.3mpg) - or 62.8mpg for the 320d xDrive. The 320d's CO2 emissions are 115g/km (or 110g/km for the automatic), while the 320d xDrive's CO2 emissions are 118g/km. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is 48.7mpg and the CO2 reading is 132g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e iPerformance petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid. The Steptronic automatic transmission option 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 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.

Summary

'More where you need more and less where you want less - otherwise leave well alone' seems to be the mantra of this seventh generation BMW 3 Series. If BMW wanted to build a model that would convert those who didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, then this MK7 design probably 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 mid-sized 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 styling changes and interior upgrades are some serious engineering updates. A new family of petrol engines and big changes to the diesel powerplants come 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.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth telephone preparation with USB audio interface with audio streaming
BMW Navigation system
Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
Rear park distance control
Servotronic PAS
Automatic start/stop system
Average speed gauge
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Brake force display
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Controller and Control Display+6.5" monitor
Digital clock
Door/boot open warning light
iDrive controller on centre console
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Lights on warning
M Sport instrument cluster
Odometer
Oil sensor for level and grade
On board computer
On board diagnostics
Operation warning of all exterior lights
Optimum shift indicator
Outside temperature display
Pesonal profile
Real time traffic information
Run flat tyre indicator
Service interval indicator
Trip computer
Entertainment
6 speakers
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
CD player
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
LED headlights with beam throw control, follow me home function and front LED daytime driving lights
M designation side badges
Model designation
Solid paint
2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
Active air flap radiator grille
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlight beam throw control
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour roof mouldings
Chrome exhaust tailpipe
Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
Clear indicator lenses
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
Door sill finisher with M designation
Dynamic brake lights
Electric front and rear windows with one touch/convenient open/close function
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Green tinted heat insulating glass
Heated rear window with automatic switch off
Heated windscreen washer jets
High gloss black air inlets
High gloss black finish B pillar
High gloss black rear bumper insert
High gloss shadow line
High level third brake light
LED fog lights
LED rear lights
LED welcome home lights
M aerodynamic body styling
Matt black exterior trim
Pearl chrome door mirrors
Rain sensor + automatic driving lights control
Shark fin roof aerial
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
Dakota leather upholstery
M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
Manual adjustable height/backrest/length front seats
12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
3 rear seat head restraints
4 foldable grab handles - rear with clothes hook
4 lashing points on luggage floor
40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Anthracite headlining
Automatic interior light soft on/soft off system
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Folding front centre armrest + storage
Front and rear door armrests
Front and rear velour floor mats
Front door storage bins with bottle holder
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Glovebox light
Glovebox opener with chrome spider
Height adjustable front headrests
Indirect front interior illumination - soft-light function
Leather gear knob
Leather gear selector lever handle
Leather handbrake lever
Luggage compartment lighting
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Rear child seat isofix attachment with passenger airbag deactivation
Storage compartment in rear centre console, front and rear door trims and under luggage compartment
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Two front cup holders with a sliding lid
Packs
Non Smokers pack
Extended lighting package - 3 Series
Technical
M sport suspension
Battery cut-out switch
Drive Performance Control
Electronic differential lock
Multi-link rear suspension
Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
Trim
Hexagon aluminium trim with estoril blue matt finish
Air-conditioning and radio control panel with Chrome highlight
Wheels
18" M Star spoke alloy wheels - Style 400M
Run-flat tyres
Low rolling resistance tyres
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats (2 front, 3 rear), front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
ABS
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking pre-tensioning
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash sensor
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
Hill start assist
Rear child proof door locks
Seatbelt security check for driver seat
Side impact protection
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitor
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Automatic drive away locking facility
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Remote control including integrated key with blue insert
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.151
CO2 (g/km) 138
HC 0.04
Noise Level dB(A) 66
NOx 0.025
Particles 0.0003
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B48B20M0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 47.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 54.3
EC Urban (mpg) 37.2
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 184
Coin Description i
Coin Series M Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 28E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.3
Engine Power - BHP 184
Engine Power - KW 135
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 199
Engine Torque - MKG 27.5
Engine Torque - NM 270
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 146
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 255/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style M STAR SPOKE STYLE 400M
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1429
Length 4633
Wheelbase 2810
Width 1811
Width (including mirrors) 2031
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 2035
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 480
Max. Loading Weight 585
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 695
Minimum Kerbweight 1450
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.3

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active cruise control with stop and go + speed limiter £620.00
Apple CarPlay preparation £235.00
Digital cockpit £295.00
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging and Wi-Fi hot spot £395.00
Front/rear park distance control £420.00
Head up Display £825.00
Lane change warning system with blind spot check £440.00
Navigation System Professional Multimedia FOC
Park assist with gap measurement and steering assist FOC
Reversing camera £330.00
Speed limit display £220.00
Surround view with top and side view cameras £500.00
Variable sport steering £230.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
Entertainment
BMW advanced loudspeaker system £430.00
Harman/Kardon loud speaker system £675.00
Online entertainment FOC
TV function £825.00
Exterior Features
BMW Individual paint £1,395.00
Electric glass sunroof £895.00
Electric towbar £750.00
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle £300.00
Headlight wash system £215.00
High beam assistant £150.00
Icon Adaptive LED headlights with four white LED corona rings and LED front indicators £745.00
Metallic paint £665.00
Model designation deletion FOC
Sun protection glass £320.00
Trim designation deletion on side FOC
Windscreen with grey shadeband £60.00
Interior Features
3 spoke sports leather multi-function steering wheel FOC
BMW Extended individual merino leather upholstery £1,215.00
Driver + passenger electric lumbar support £265.00
Electric front seats with 2 position memory on drivers + drivers mirror memory + auto dip park function on passenger mirror + heated door mirrors £945.00
Electric sunblind on rear window £275.00
Foldable rear head restraints £50.00
Full black panel display £140.00
Heated front seats £350.00
Heated rear seats £280.00
Heated steering wheel £170.00
Manual rear side sunblinds £190.00
Sliding front centre armrests £45.00
Packs
Active security pack - 3 Series £1,280.00
Active security pack - 3 Series when bought with professional media or professional media plus pack £1,130.00
Advanced Parking pack - 3 Series £895.00
Driving assistant pack - 3 Series/M3 £400.00
Extended storage pack - 3 Series Saloon £155.00
Interior comfort pack - 3 Series Saloon £590.00
Media pack - Professional - 3 Series £840.00
Media pack - Professional - 3 Series with Digital cockpit £1,135.00
Media pack - Professional plus - 3 Series £1,435.00
Media pack - Professional plus - 3 Series with Digital cockpit £1,730.00
Smokers pack - 3 Series £25.00
Paintwork
Individual paint - Champagne quartz £1,395.00
Individual paint - Citrine black £1,395.00
Individual paint - Smoked topaz £1,395.00
Individual paint - Tanzanite blue £1,395.00
Metallic - Black sapphire £665.00
Metallic - Estoril Blue £665.00
Metallic - Glacier Silver £665.00
Metallic - Melbourne red £665.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £665.00
Metallic - Sunset orange £665.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Safety
Dynamic safety FOC
M Sport braking system £570.00
Security
Comfort access system £495.00
Technical
Adaptive M Sport suspension £515.00
Delete M sports suspension FOC
Trim
Aluminium carbon trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight FOC
Ash grain white wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish £375.00
Ash grain wood trim finishers and metal inlay with pearl chrome highlight £260.00
BMW Extended individual Merino leather - Black £1,215.00
BMW individual merino leather instrument panel £1,075.00
BMW individual nappa leather finished instrument panel £815.00
Brushed aluminium trim finishers with black high gloss highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Black FOC
Dakota leather - Black with blue highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Black with dark oyster highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Cognac with brown highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Oyster with dark oyster highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Red with black highlight FOC
Extended Individual Merino leather - Amaro brown £1,215.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Cashmere Beige £1,215.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Cohiba brown £1,215.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Opal white £1,215.00
Fineline anthracite wood interior trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight £100.00
Hexagon aluminium trim with black high gloss finish FOC
High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish FOC
Piano Black trim with pearl chrome finish £375.00
Sycamore red brown dark wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish £375.00
Wheels
18" M double spoke alloy wheels - style 441M in Ferric grey £175.00
19" M Star spoke alloy wheels - Style 403M £700.00
Tyre mobility system FOC
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