It all boils down to the car's startlingly ineffective turbocharged engine. Units Affected 840000 Motor Trend tests dozens of vehicles every year, everything from fuel misers to speed demons. Even the simpler version of iDrive was easy enough to use, and I never found myself lamenting the lack of extraneous features. The base model will get a very respectable 22 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway and the eight-speed model will get 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Without a doubt, the M Sport suspension sharpened the 328i's reflexes without sacrificing ride quality too much.
Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. The 3 Series sedan is available with a turbocharged 2. But panic braking isn't something you deal with on a regular basis I hope! With a fuel consumption of 6. The recall began on December 2, 2014. The 328 would have never come out on top in our competition if it didn't balance its excellent drivability with some mainstream benefits. The full complement of exterior colors from the 328i Sedan is available, with exception of Estoril Blue Metallic which requires M Sport Line unavailable on 320i.
Given that small motors in low-spec has been a time-honored tradition across the Atlantic for decades, this persona feels quite appropriate for the model and nicely balances its plain but inoffensive styling. As is required of all 2012 and later models, the 3 Series includes and an with. I had the misfortune of driving my tester 300 miles through a pair of ice storms, and not once did the car's drivetrain have me feeling anything other than supremely confident in the face of slick, snow-and-brimstone covered highways. Petrol Fuel System : Direct Injection. Truth be told, we didn't find many.
For the 320i the package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels with summer tires and increased top speed limiter, sport seats, M sport suspension, M steering wheel and anthracite headliner. The drive mode select system was equally incapable of injecting any fun into the equation, with Sport and Sport + modes merely increasing the volume, not the thrust, generated by the four-cylinder engine. You have to really want to sip fuel to drive the 320i xDrive in Eco mode. The extra gears allow the 328i to launch confidently off the line without sacrificing efficient cruising. Damping rates too soft for a car with so much grunt.
The is preparing to enter a new generation and Mercedes announced it will also be working on smaller engines that will improve fuel economy. The coupe, convertible and top-performing M3 versions remain unchanged, but the redesigned wagon hits dealerships this spring as a 2014. Seemingly to broaden its appeal beyond driving enthusiasts, the 3 Series offers more high-tech gadgets, comfort features and interior room than ever before. Electronic stability control with a brake-wiping feature to keep them dry in the rain and traction control are also standard with the car. Top speed is an electronically-limited 130 mph. The 320i can count on 180 horses and 184 lb-ft of twist from its turbocharged mill, which is a significant 50 ponies fewer than the next step up on the drivetrain ladder for the sedan. Next year, redesigned two-door 3 Series and M3 models become 4 Series and M4 coupes and convertibles.
You will have to manually dim the mirror, and winter may make you wish you had splurged for heated seats. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. The latest 3er is set for a more direct fight with the 211-hp Audi A4 2. That's not worth paying for? This reasonably priced entry-level 3-series, however, will serve as an attractive alternative to the competition's front-wheel-drive newcomers. Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes vary the accelerator and power-steering responsiveness along with the transmission's willingness to downshift and hold lower gears. A new base model joins the sedan lineup in 2013: the 320i and 320i xDrive sedans are powered by a version of the turbocharged 2.
Safety The 2013 3 Series sedan was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, having scored Good in frontal, side, rear and roof-strength tests. Owners will appreciate the incredibly flexible 8-speed automatic transmission, while drivers seeking maximum involvement may opt for a traditional 6-speed manual on the non-xDrive 320i. With now excelling with advanced twin-scroll turbocharger technology, we expect this model to be a top performer in its class — both in speed and efficiency. The new 320i is equipped with the same N20 engine that powers the : a direct-injected, four-cylinder force-fed by a single twin-scroll turbocharger. Fuel mileage for the 320i xDrive is listed at 23-mpg in city driving and 35-mpg on the highway: I saw 20 miles per gallon with a heavy highway component in cold winter weather. All our test cars had automatic transmissions and were clocked with two adults onboard. The rear-drive M3 coupe and convertible are also carryover models and are powered by a naturally aspirated 414-hp, 295 lb-ft 4.
Standard safety equipment includes frontal airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags that protect front and rear occupants in side impacts. Non-linear and lacking feel, the list of rivals with more communicative and natural-feeling steering systems i. . All our test cars had automatic transmissions an. Sales of the 3 Series in Canada through to the end of September this year are up almost 20% to 9,855 copies sold. A choppier ride is a minor trade-off for quick reflexes and unshakable stability. This review covers the 328i sedan, which was redesigned for 2012.