Model designations are consistent across the body styles and standard equipment is similar, though the coupes and convertibles include a few more features in the base price. The wagon is not offered with the turbocharged engine. They have as much power as most drivers will ever need, and they deliver the same inherent goodness as the 335s and most of the key features. Safety features include front-impact airbags that deploy at different rates depending on the severity of impact, front passenger side-impact airbags and full-cabin, curtain-type head protection airbags. The convertible seats four, like the coupe, but it's not offered with all-wheel drive. The Telemetric package provides safety, convenience and concierge services.
Active safety features, designed to help the driver avoid collisions, include Dynamic Stability Control and the latest generation antilock brakes. Few cars in this class can match the 3 Series for its overall balance of high-technology, rationality and most significantly, performance and driving pleasure. A theft-deterrent system protects your investment. Rain-sensing variable-intermittent wipers come with heated washer jets. . Heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry are all standard.
Differences lie in body style or exterior design, though the coupe and convertible seat four passengers while sedan and wagon seat five. The engine supplies its power through to the wheels via a 6 speed manual gearbox. They seat four, like the convertible, but they'll appeal to those who want sporting capability something like a sports car's but need a reasonable back seat and decent-sized trunk. The two-door 3 Series coupes are the sportiest. A six-speed manual transmission is the sole option and comes with a hill-holder clutch and traction control for the rear differential. Foglights and a sport suspension distinguish the Coupe from other models, and a theft-deterrent system protects your investment.
The shapely coupe has two doors, a two-place rear seat and a slightly smaller trunk than the sedan, with a firmer, sport-tuned suspension that's optional on other body styles. Vinyl front bucket seats are height-adjustable and sit on either side of a center console that leads back to the split-folding rear. Even the optional automatic transmission is tuned for crisp, sporty shifting. The sedans have been freshened with exterior styling updates and small interior refinements. The front passenger bucket comes with the same height adjustability.
Some competitors offer more room, more power, better mileage or maybe better interiors for less money. Wheel size varies from 16 to 18 inches. The variable-intermittent wipers are rain-sensing and come with heated washer jets, and a theft-deterrent system makes it hard to drive away without the keys. The 328i and 335i Convertibles might be the sexiest 3s, with a fully automatic, one-button folding hardtop. Heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry are all standard, as well as cruise control. Air conditioning and dual-zone automatic climate controls keep the temperature at a reasonable level, a cabin air filter keeps things fresh, and a power sunroof provides an open-air motoring option. The Cold Weather Package adds electrically heated seats, a heated steering wheel, high-intensity headlight washers and a split-folding rear seat with ski sack.
This powerplant features double overhead camshaft valve gear, 6 cylinder layout, and 4 valves per cylinder. Air conditioning is handled via the dual-zone automatic climate controls, pushed through a cabin air filter, and a power sunroof provides an additional cooling option. Comfort and convenience features include air conditioning and dual-zone automatic climate controls. There are long-time fans who'll tell you that the basic appeal of their favorite Bimmer is getting mucked up with too much annoying stuff. Heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry come standard, as well as cruise control.
All offer a choice of aluminum or different wood interior trims, with vinyl upholstery. A cabin air filter keeps things fresh, and a power sunroof provides an open-air motoring option. Exterior dimensions for all models are relatively compact, making them good cars for crowded city centers. These are rear-wheel-drive cars, though all-wheel drive is available. Despite its improved fuel economy, it retains the sporting character that has long defined the 3 Series line. It weighs a stated 1655 kg at the kerb. The variable-intermittent wipers are rain-sensing and come with heated washer jets.
It's great for couples or families who often bring the dog, though it isn't available with the twin-turbo engine. The four-door 3 Series sedan is most familiar, and among the most passenger friendly. The vinyl front bucket seats are height-adjustable and separated by a center console. The firmer sport suspension, optional with other body styles, comes standard on the coupe, and these are the lightest cars in the line. All models share mechanical components and similarly compact exterior dimensions. Handling response is sharp and precise, and braking capability is best in class. A center console leads back to the split-folding rear seat.
But aside from subjective price-value analysis, the noteworthy hitch in the 3 Series is the downside of its many electronic gizmos. The Sports Wagon adds substantial cargo space and utility. The upgrade twin-turbo six in the 335i is one of the most viscerally satisfying engines in production. With a six-speed manual transmission, hill-holder clutch, and traction control, you can feel confident on any surface. A diesel-powered sedan is new this year.
Wood interior trim adds a touch of upscale elegance even at the entry level, as do illuminated visor mirrors, a tachometer, trip computer, and outside-temperature indicator. Available all-wheel-drive adds extra security in foul weather. Even with the 328xi, you still get wood interior trim, illuminated visor mirrors, a tachometer, trip computer, and an outside-temperature indicator. A rear defogger is joined by a rear wiper and washer, and roof rails give you additional luggage options. The convertibles add knee airbags that help keep front passengers from sliding under the seat belts. The vinyl front bucket seats are height adjustable and separated by a center console. The 3 Series sedans define sports sedan and remain the target for every luxury car brand from Acura to Volvo.