About This BMW
|Engine||2.0L 4 CYLINDER|
|Transmission||8 Spd Automatic|
|Drivetrain||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Warranty||Full Factory Warranty|
More than any other model, the 3 Series is the car that BMW has long built its brand and reputation on. With a combination of luxury and performance that few competitors have been able to emulate, the 2017 BMW 3 Series scores highly in our rankings of luxury small cars.
Is the BMW 3 Series a Good Car?
There's a reason BMW tags its most famous model using the phrase "the ultimate driving machine." Along with a couple of other BMW models, the 2017 3 Series is among the best performance vehicles in the class. Handling is a pleasant balance of sportiness and comfort, though the base engine is underpowered. However, there are several upgrades that provide more muscle.
Matching this impressive performance, is the 3 Series' interior, which features premium materials to provide an air of elegance. It's short on a rearview camera and some other common standard features, but the included infotainment system is one of the best of any brand.
The BMW 3 Series has been an excellent overall car for decades, and that still rings true for the 2017 model.
Should I Buy the BMW 3 Series?
One reason shoppers may consider the 2017 BMW 3 Series is for the badge and prestige that are synonymous with the brand. This year's model lives up to those standards. It's hard to beat the combination of performance, luxury, and comfort offered in the 3 Series, all for a price that's about average for the class: $33,450.
However, other luxury brands have developed tough competition for the 3 Series, including the Audi A4, which sits very high in our rankings and is a slightly better vehicle overall. If you prefer luxury over performance, then the Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be on your list. In contrast, the BMW 4 Series will fit the bill if your priorities are reversed. Still, the 3 Series remains one of the smartest choices you can make in the luxury small car class.
If you find yourself apprehensive about pulling the trigger on a $33,000 luxury car, especially when shopping in this segment for the first time, you might consider leasing. Often your monthly lease payment could be around what you'd pay in financing, and you won't have to worry about maintenance or other problems down the road when your warranty expires. Sure, you'll be empty-handed after three years, but luxury vehicles often depreciate quickly enough to the point where it would be in range with what you'd spend on the lease in total. For more information, check out this month's BMW deals for lease and finance specials on the 3 Series, 4 Series, and most of the brand's lineup.
3 Series Interior
How Many People Does the 3 Series Seat?
The BMW 3 Series seats five people on standard leatherette upholstery, which BMW dubs SensaTec. The front seats are comfortable and can be adjusted in many ways to find a suitable driving or riding position. The optional sport seats provide good all-around support and a snug fit, which is great for when you test the car's limits on curvy backroads. In the rear, most passengers should find space to relax and enjoy the ride. However, taller occupants in the back seat will probably wish for more legroom.
The Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class also seat up to five people, and the BMW 4 Series seats four or five, depending on the body style. All of these cars' front seats are roomy and provide plenty of comfort and support. (But let's be honest, what else would you expect from a luxury vehicle?) Things get a little dicier when you hop in the back seat. While the 3 Series' legroom is a bit limited, the 4 Series (especially coupe models) can be a little snug on headroom. C-Class sedans are somewhat cramped in the rear, and it will really be a tight fit for adults in the back of coupe or convertible models (which also only seat four). By contrast, the A4's back seat is spacious enough to hold adults comfortably, even for extended periods of time.
3 Series and Car Seats
You might experience a few hiccups if you plan on using the LATCH car-seat system in the 3 Series. Because the lower anchors are buried deep in the seat, they are hard to reach, and there's not a lot of extra room to move your hands around them. On the plus side, the straps are easy to attach once you find the anchors, and the top tether anchors are all easy to locate as well.
3 Series Interior Quality
The 2017 3 Series' cabin is handsomely designed and features excellent craftsmanship, with high-quality materials throughout. Certain trim pieces like brushed metal or wood grain make the interior feel upscale and modern. However, the 3 Series still trails other class rivals. The Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 could have a hard time battling it out for the title of nicest interior in the class. Completely redesigned for 2017, the A4 comes with standard leather seating, which is very rare even among small luxury cars. The C-Class is extremely lavish inside, with premium materials covering nearly all surfaces, along with beautiful styling.
3 Series Cargo Space
The BMW 3 Series sedan offers 13 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about average for the class. That's certainly enough for a few golf bags, suitcases, or shopping bags. This is also the exact amount of space offered in the Audi A4 and the BMW 4 Series convertible. Other 4 Series models have more space: the standard coupe has 15.7 cubic feet and Gran Coupe models have 17 cubic feet. The Mercedes C-Class has the least amount of space in the bunch: 12.6 cubic feet.
Shoppers who want greater everyday utility will want to consider the 3 Series in either the hatchback Gran Turismo or Sports Wagon configuration. Both models have around 25 cubic feet of space with the back seats up, and you can fold those seats down to get over 50 cubic feet.
3 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 3 Series comes standard with BMW's iDrive system, which is consistently regarded as one of the best infotainment systems on the market. While some other systems utilize a touch screen, iDrive is controlled by a knob on the center console, which can be reached easily from a driving position.
The system responds quickly to inputs from the controller, and the display features sharp graphics. A downside to not having a simple touch screen is that the controller may take some getting used to. You'll need to learn how to navigate the menu screens to perform some tasks. A cool feature lets you use your finger to draw letters or numbers on top of the controller; the system will recognize these inputs for addresses or contact names.
New for 2017 is BMW's inclusion of Apple CarPlay into its list of optional features. With this interface, you can plug your iPhone into the infotainment system and access your favorite smartphone features like media, messaging, contacts, and apps, all in a familiar layout on the infotainment screen.
Like iDrive, Audi's MMI infotainment system earns high praise for its ease of use. It comes standard in the A4, and you'll also get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Android Auto functions in the same way as Apple CarPlay, but for Android devices.) Conversely, Mercedes' COMAND system found in the C-Class is a bit convoluted, with an ill-placed touchpad controller. It also requires multiple steps to perform some basic functions.
3 Series Performance
3 Series Engine: Powerful Upgrades
The 2017 BMW 3 Series is among the best overall performers in the class, thanks in no small part to a wide range of engine options that provide good power. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the base 320i is an exception, with only 180 horsepower. That's too little power for the price tag, and it makes the 3 Series one of only a few cars in the class with less than 200 horsepower.
You can get a more powerful version of the base engine in the 330i, which makes 248 horsepower. This version also has better acceleration, but it will cost you about $5,000 more. If your wallet can take the hit, the 330i will be much more bearable for daily driving. Its power compares better with the standard engines in the 3 Series' primary competitors. By comparison, the base engine in the 4 Series has 240 horsepower, the Audi A4's has 252 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with 241 horsepower. All three of these cars deliver potent acceleration for most everyday situations.
If you're really looking to get pushed to the back of your seat, consider opting for the 340i, which features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that puts out 320 horsepower and delivers one of the sportiest rides in the class. Some test drivers even think this engine rivals the performance of the M3 (see below for more on the M3).
An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard in all 3 Series models and trims, and a six-speed manual is optional in sedan models. The automatic transmission shifts quickly and seamlessly, and both gearboxes have a high rev limit that they can effortlessly hit for maximum acceleration.
3 Series Gas Mileage: Efficient Options
The 3 Series' standard engine gets 23 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which are about average fuel economy estimates for the class. Despite the large power gains, fuel economy for the 330i stays about the same, at 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The large six-cylinder unsurprisingly sacrifices some efficiency, getting 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
In addition to the trio of traditional gas-burning engines, the 3 Series is available with two other engines that are geared toward even better fuel efficiency. The first is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which, like the base engine, makes 180 horsepower. According to EPA estimates, it gets 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
You can also opt for a plug-in hybrid model, the 330e. It pairs the 180-horsepower base engine with an electric motor for a combined 248 horsepower. On only electric power, it has a range of 14 miles, so you can run quick errands around town with no emissions. It also has combined city/highway mileage of 71 mpg-e.
The two alternative fuel 3 Series models may seem like a good choice if you want to save money on gas, but crunching the numbers tells a little different story. With average fuel prices and average yearly mileage, you'll only save $300 on fuel per year by buying the hybrid. You would have to own the car for more than 35 years to make up the $10,000-plus price difference. The diesel would save you $450 in fuel costs per year over the standard 3 Series, and it's cheaper than the hybrid. You can make up the diesel's price in a little over 15 years.
3 Series Ride and Handling: Less Sporty, More Comfy
For generations, the 3 Series has been the benchmark for athletic handling in luxury cars. That prominence has faded a little bit as rivals have caught up and BMW has begun focusing equally on comfort. The well-weighted and composed steering is good for everyday driving as well as conquering twisty roads.
Ride quality is excellent as well, as the 3 Series is unfazed by jarring bumps or potholes in the road. You can also tailor your experience with adjustable driving modes. However, reviewers note that choosing the Sport mode doesn't seem to actually improve anything; it just makes the ride rougher.
The BMW 4 Series has among the highest performance scores in the class, due to its very sporty and dynamic handling. It has precise steering and strong brakes for ample stopping power. Like the 3 Series, the Audi A4 offers a nice balance of good handling and ride comfort. It is a tad less sporty than the BMW, though.
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Features & Specifications*
- Engine: 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-Cylinder 16V DOHC
- Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic w/STEPTRONIC
- Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
- Rear-wheel drive
- 3.15 axle ratio
- 90-Amp/Hr 900CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
- Regenerative 170 Amp Alternator
- 4340# Gvwr 900# Maximum Payload
- Gas-pressurized shock absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 15.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Vehicle Name : BMW 3 Series
- Body Style : Sedan
- Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
- EPA Classification : Compact Cars
- Base Curb Weight (lbs) : 3295
- Engine Type : Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
- Displacement : 2.0 L/122
- Fuel System : Gasoline Direct Injection
- SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 180 @ 5000
- SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 200 @ 1250
- Trans Order Code : 205
- Trans Type : 8
- Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
- First Gear Ratio (:1) : 4.71
- Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 3.14
- Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 2.11
- Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.67
- Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.28
- Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
- Reverse Ratio (:1) : 3.29
- Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 3.15
- Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : 900
- Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 170
- Suspension Type - Front : Strut
- Suspension Type - Rear : Multi-Link
- Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) : Strut
- Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) : Multi-Link
- Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
- Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) : 37.1
- Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
- Disc - Front (Yes or ) : Yes
- Disc - Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
- Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) : 12.3
- Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) : 11.8
- Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.84
- Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.67
- Wheels: 17" x 7.5" Light Alloy V-Spoke (Style 395)
- Tires: P225/50R17 AS Run-Flat
- Wheels w/Silver Accents
- Clearcoat paint
- Body-colored front bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper
- Black Side Windows Trim And Black Front Windshield Trim
- Body-colored door handles
- Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light tinted glass
- Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
- Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
- Chrome grille
- Trunk Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Front fog lamps
- Perimeter/Approach Lights
- LED brakelights
- Front Tire Size : P225/50VR17
- Rear Tire Size : P225/50VR17
- Front Wheel Size (in) : 17 x 7.5
- Rear Wheel Size (in) : 17 x 7.5
- Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
- Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
- Wheelbase (in) : 110.6
- Length, Overall (in) : 182.5
- Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) : 71.3
- Height, Overall (in) : 56.3
- Track Width, Front (in) : 60.3
- Track Width, Rear (in) : 61.9
- Trunk Volume (ft³) : 13
- Radio: AM/FM/HD
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
- Regular Amplifier
- Audio Theft Deterrent
- Wireless Streaming
- Window grid diversity antenna
- Hi-fi sound system
- Satellite radio preparation
- 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
- Front bucket seats
- 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
- 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
- Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
- Manual tilt/telescoping steering column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer And Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows
- Leather steering wheel
- Front cupholder
- Rear cupholder
- Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
- Interior Lock Disable
- Valet Function
- Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
- Cruise control w/steering wheel controls
- Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
- Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation And Console Ducts
- Illuminated locking glove box
- Driver foot rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert And Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full cloth headliner
- Leatherette door trim insert
- Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
- SensaTec Leatherette Upholstery
- Day-night rearview mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage And 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-to-off interior lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim And Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
- Cargo Area Concealed Storage
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
- Tracker System
- Hands-Free Bluetooth & USB Audio Connection
- Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Trip computer
- Outside temp gauge
- Analog Display
- Manual Anti-Whiplash w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest And Rear Center Armrest
- Perimeter alarm
- Engine immobilizer
- 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air filtration
- Passenger Capacity : 5
- Front Head Room (in) : 40.3
- Front Leg Room (in) : 42
- Front Shoulder Room (in) : 55.1
- Second Head Room (in) : 37.7
- Second Leg Room (in) : 35.1
- Second Shoulder Room (in) : 55.1
- Electronic stability control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
- Rear child safety locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
- Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) : 28
- EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) : 23
- EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) : 35
- Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 6.3
- Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) : 15.8