BMW 3 Series

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₹ 39,80,000 - ₹ 47,30,000
* Delhi. May vary.

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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine Displacement 1995 cc
Transmission Type Automatic
Fuel Type Diesel
Maximum Power 190 HP @ 4000 rpm
Maximum Torque 400 Nm @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
Engine Description BMW Twinpower Turbo
Gearbox 8-Speed Steptronic Automatic Gearbox
No. of Cylinders 4
Driving Modes BMW Driving Experience Control (Modes : Comfort, ECOPRO, Sport, Sport+)
Drivetrain Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
Paddle Shift
CO2 emissions in g/km 116.62
CO2 emissions in g/km 116.62 g/km
Automatic Start/Stop Function
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
Mileage (ARAI) 22.69 kmpl
Top Speed (KMPH) 235
Mileage (City) 12 kmpl (approx.)
Mileage (Highway) 15 kmpl (approx.)
0-100 kmph 7.2 seconds
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall Length 4633 mm
Overall Width 2031 mm
Overall Height 1429 mm
Wheelbase 2810 mm
Ground Clearance 157 mm
Kerb Weight 1585 kg
CAPACITY
Seating Capacity 5 (2 + 3)
Number of Seating Rows 2 Rows
Number of Doors 5 Doors
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 litres
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
Front Brakes Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Brake Energy Regeneration
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
WHEELS & TYRES
Alloy Wheels
Wheels 40.64 cm (16 inches)
Spare Wheel
Tubeless Tyres
Tyre Size V-spoke style 656 (225/55 R16)
Runflat tyres with Runflat indicator Yes (With Reinforced Side Walls)
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Ashtray Yes (Smokers Package)
Steering Mounted Controls
Rear AC Vents
Remote Fuel Filler
Air Conditioner Yes (2 Zone Air Conditioning)
Power Steering Yes (Servotronic Steering Assist)
Rear Defogger
Heat-reflecting windscreen Yes (Heat Protection Glazing)
Engine Start/Stop Button
Rain Sensing Wipers Yes (Rain Sensors & Automatic Driving Lights)
Power Windows
Remote Boot Release
MID (Multi Information Display) Yes (High Resolution Instrument Display With Extended Contents)
EXTERIOR FEATURES
Body Coloured Bumpers
Outside Rear-view Mirrors Yes (Foldable With Anti-Dazzle Function, Mirror Heating & Memory)
Headlight Washer
Tinted Glass
Heated Outside Rear View Mirrors
INTERIOR FEATURES
Leather Steering/Gear knob Yes (Multifunction Sport leather steering wheel)
Chrome Inside Rear View Mirror Yes (With Automatic Anti-Dazzle Function)
Child Seat Mounting Provisions Yes (ISOFIX Child Seat Mounting)
Rear Sunshade Yes (Roller Sunblinds For Rear Side Windows)
Sunroof
ACTIVE & PASSIVE SAFETY FEATURES
Front Seatbelt Pre-Tensioner Yes (Pyrotechnic Belt Tensioners At The Front & Belt Force Limiters At Front)
Warning Triangle Yes (With First-Aid Kit)
Rear Seat Belts Yes (3-Point ELR)
Park Distance Control (PDC) Yes (Rear)
Side Impact Beams
Airbags Yes (Airbages For Driver & Front Passenger, Head Airbags For Front & Rear, Side Airbags For Driver & Front Passenger)
Side Impact Protection System (SIPS)
Rear View Camera
Crash Sensor
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts Yes (3-Point ELR)
BRAKING & TRACTION
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Traction Control Yes (Dynamic Traction Control)
Brake Assist
LOCKS & SECURITY
Engine Immobilizer Yes (Electronic Vehicle Immobilizer & Crash Sensor)
INSTRUMENTATION
Programmed Service Reminder Yes (BMW Condition Based Service) (Intelligent Maintenance System)
Tachometer
LIGHTING
Head Light Yes (LED headlights with four LED DRL light rings)
Front Fog Lights LED
DRLs (Daytime Running Lights)
Interior Room Lamp Yes (Lights Package With Ambient Lighting)
ORVM Turn Indicators Yes (LED)
INFOTAINMENT
Music System iDrive with 16.5cm colour display, CD drive and controller with direct menu control buttons
Number of Speakers Stereo loudspeaker system (100 W, 6 er system (100 W, 6 loudspeakers)
MP3 Playback
USB Compatibility
CD Player Yes (CD Drive & Controller With Direct Menu Control Buttons)
GPS Navigation System
Bluetooth Compatibility Yes (With Audio Streaming)
Glass Embedded Antenna Yes (Glass Sunroof, Electrical)
SEATS & UPHOLSTERY
Front Centre Armrest Yes (Sliding With Storage Compartment)
Leather Seats Yes (Sensatec Black | Black / Sensatec Veneto Beige | Veneto Beige )
Leather Seats Yes (Sensatec Black | Black / Sensatec Veneto Beige | Veneto Beige)
Folding Rear Seats
Rear Centre Armrest Yes (Centre Armrest In Rear With 2 Cup Holders)
Driver Seat Adjustment Yes (Electric) (For Driver & Passenger) (Memory Function For Driver Seat)
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
Body Type Sedan
Official Tagline The Ultimate 3
Summary BMW 3 series is a premium sedan coming from the German car maker. The sedan remains an attraction in the high end segment where BMW delivers the highest quality. BMW 3 Series 320d Prestige comes with a 1995cc Diesel engine which generates a maximum power of 187 bhp @ 4000 rpm and gives out a torque of 400 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm. The car has a top speed of 235 kmph and has a certified mileage of 22.69 kmpl.

BMW 3 Series Review

03 Oct, 2014 07:07 PM

Synopsis

As the company’s best-selling model, it certainly attracts the attention of customers. The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series, first shown to the world in late 2011, was brought to the market in 2012, and the exterior is strongly influenced by the F10 5 Series.

Exterior

The new BMW 3 series shows improvements in every department, including exterior and interior design. Without straying too far from the classic form, BMW have added some stylish touches, adding musculature to an already bold design. The car now features an expansive kidney-shaped grille and broader headlights. The addition of two striking lines down the car’s flanks gives it a sharp, sporty look, and the enlarged bonnet is more masculine, even aggressive. The car’s rear retains the classic BMW shape, but its expanded boot-lid is clearly inspired by the 5 series. The 3 series has been lengthened by almost 100mm, with a wider wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks.

Interior

Inside the 3 series, a number of small modifications update the design for increased comfort and style. The dashboard has been tilted toward the driver, and enhanced with a range of textures that create a 3D layered appearance. In the 328i, the ‘Sport’ edge now features a bold scarlet stripe running the full length of the front. Above the center console is the widescreen infotainment screen. The newly added iDrive system has been updated.

Comfort and Convenience

The addition of a ‘Drive Performance Control’ option enables a quick shift from Sport to Comfort. The increased size of the wheelbases provides greater legroom at the rear, and the seats have been enhanced to offer greater leg support and a more ergonomic back-rest. Previous incarnations of the 3 Series have suffered from a lack of foot room, but the new design corrects this issue. The front seats are wide, comfortable and offer plenty of shoulder support.

Dashboard and Storage

The slick, stylish, well laid out dashboard takes its cue from the highly successful 5 Series. All of its materials feel and look classy and durable, with a choice of wood or metallic trim inserts. There is ample storage: deep pockets in the doors, an expansive glove box and numerous cup holders, plus the wide 480-liter loading bay, which is on a level with the Audi A4.

Music System

The 3 Series comes equipped with a sophisticated infotainment system, including connected apps for your iPhone, email and text message dictation, Bluetooth Office, full internet access with live updates and an optional Harman Kardon Sound System offering total 3D sound.

Engine and Gearbox

New BMW 3-series is available in both petrol and diesel. The petrol variant is powered by a 1997cc Twinpower Turbo engine; it generates maximum power of 245 bhp at 5000 rpm with maximum torque of 350 nm at 1250 rpm. The diesel variant is powered by a 1995cc Twinpower Turbo engine; it generates maximum power of 181 bhp at 4000 rpm with maximum torque of 380 nm at 1750 rpm. Both the engines are mated to eight-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration and Performance (0-100 kmph plus Top Speed)

The performance of the 3 series is superb. The car jumps from 0-100kph in a sizzling 6.1 seconds, with 180kph in 22.1 seconds, and a maximum speed of 250kph. Of the available options, most drivers will appreciate the diesel engines most. The 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine of the 320d is speedy and highly flexible, while the equivalent engine in the 328i is responsive but can feel strained. The 335i’s 3.0-turbocharged engine revs beautifully and is very fast and flexible. On the whole, the engines are smooth revving, although when cold the 4-cylinder diesel engines produce considerable noise.

Mileage

Thanks to the new lightweight, 8-speed gearbox in the 3 series, in addition to the smart Eco Pro mode and auto stop-start system help to make it an unbeatably efficient vehicle in its class. The 320d gives 11.1 kmpl in the city and 15.5 kmpl, and the 328i gives 7.5 kmpl in the city and 12.5 kmpl on highways. The running costs of the 320d’s diesel engine is impressive given the power output, particularly if you opt for the EfficientDynamics options, which doesn’t significantly impact performance.

Safety Features

As standard, the 3 Series includes 6 airbags. The Dynamic Stability Control includes ABS, Dynamic Brake Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control. Buyers can choose the Active Security Package, which includes lane departure and lane change warnings.

Suspension and Braking

The 3 series offers capable suspension that absorbs most shocks and provides an exceptionally smooth and comfortable ride. In the diesel, the underlying firmness of the car’s suspension means that it can get quite loud. The 328i in particular is seamless on a variety of road surfaces.

Ride and Handling

The new 3 series handles beautifully and offers a top-notch ride. Drivers who choose the standard suspension options and setup may find themselves somewhat disappointed with the results. At lower speeds, the 3 Series feel unsettled: there’s an excessive degree of body rolling around corners, and some vertical movement when braking hard. However, if you opt for the cars’ adaptive dampers as an optional extra, in that case the 3 Series is one of the best rides in its class.

Shades Available

New BMW 3-Series is available in ten shades: Black Sapphire, Havana, Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver, Imperial Blue, Orion Silver, Mineral White, Sparkling Bronze, Mineral Grey and Liquid Blue.

Accessories

The BMW 3 Series has a range of accessories available: rear spoilers, star spokes, mud flaps, wheel bolt locks, snow chains and winter wheel and tyre sets, decorative wheel trims, handbrake grips, key holders and lever knobs.

Reasons to Buy and Value for Money

The 3 Series is a versatile, high-performance vehicle with capable suspension, smooth handling, exceptional acceleration and plenty of intuitive features to suit every driver. The vehicle’s low running costs and high performance mean that it represents excellent value for money.

Verdict

The brand-new 3 Series is an excellent all-rounder vehicle: spacious inside yet sleek and compact outside, offering excellent performance at a low running cost, and a truly enjoyable ride.

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