Read our 2011 reviews of them for detailed impressions. Shift into Reverse and the rearview camera automatically displays what's behind the car, valuable for helping the driver spot a low post or a small child. If you'd be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Whether standard or Sport seats, the 3-Series boasts plenty of flexibility for long legs, including extendable thigh support and plentiful side bolstering. An optional variable sports steering setup can quicken the ratio at lower speeds, which helps maneuverability in and out of parking spaces for instance, and skips some of the digital indecisiveness by mechanically altering the ratio. Soft-touch plastic inside the interior door handles feels upscale. We appreciated its 3D topographical views when zigzagging through mountainous terrain.
I do not know if they did it on purpose but it seems like they are liars to me. Interior with M trim is nothing special but fancy names for black plastic dash. Data Unavailable Front Leg Room in. And xDrive all-wheel-drive versions have been added to the lineup this year. Drivability matters, and the 3 Series delivers it — plus a lot more. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. It's much easier to intuit than earlier versions of the system, and we don't seeing it as a deal-breaker, yet you'll want to spend some time getting a tutorial at the dealership.
One example: It had the best observed gas mileage at 28. Fans of the 3-Series will note that the automaker switched its steering system over to an electronic power steering setup after using a hydraulic rack for many years. In sport-mode, this car begs to be really driven. There are a long list of new options, including a tan dashboard, that wasn't available on the old model. Leather comes in all the 328i's Line packages, including our M Sport.
And free is good, right? As a carryover model from the last generation, the 3 Series coupe and convertible are powered by a naturally aspirated 3. Only four tenths slower than the 225kW 335i, at 5. Trunk space is above average in the sedan 13 cubic feet and average in the coupe 11 cubic feet. Most of the 3-Series lineup is offered in Sport Line, Luxury Line, and Modern Line versions, with each of these distinguished by separate trims, materials, and details. We found ourselves giving little thought to the engine, a 2. That's not worth paying for? The other big plus of the direct-injection four-cylinder, of course, is average combined fuel economy of 7. Would buy a second one.
The ride is very balanced. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. This is a great looking car with power when you need it and excellent fuel economy when traveling on long trips. It seems pretty smart about when not to shut off the engine e. But we found the power advantage of the 335i over the 328i to be negligible in most but not all situations. When driving hard, for example on a racetrack, we found it beneficial to switch the system off, allowing the car to slide more and the tires to spin to achieve higher cornering speeds and more responsive acceleration performance coming out of the turns. The affected vehicles may have been programmed with new software that inadvertently makes the front side marker lights inoperative in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights.
The newer sedans are instantly recognizable as more contemporary with their larger greenhouse, more actively sculpted flanks, and wider front-end look. The trunk is about average for the class at 13 cubic feet. But if you are an enthusiast, they're still better than any alternative. Any six-cylinder 2013 model 328 that appears in Cars. I do my own oil change at 5k then the dealer at next 5k.
Otherwise, we'd have to go for the precise-feeling six-speed manual for the inspiration it brings daily driving. Also Dark Burl Walnut trim is now available separately on the 328i and 328i xDrive models. But I truly wanted to believe this four cylinder was as good as the six, that my spoiled days from driving too many fancy cars would not cloud my perception of an engine that makes enormous sense. A head-up display relays useful information to the driver via the windshield. As is required of all 2012 and later models, the 3 Series includes and an with. The transitions between stop and go can be abrupt and is more noticeable than some other makes. Depending on how you equip your 3-Series, you can end up with a spirited, sensible sport sedan, a focused track-day machine that really looks the part, or a small luxury sedan with a sporting edge.
Ante up to the 335i models and you get what, just a few years ago, would have been the domain of V-8 engines—and the high-performance M3. It came with brand new Continentals and new brakes. Sedans were completely redesigned for 2012 and carry over basically unchanged for 2013. Everything else seems like it's in great shape. Oh, mileage is incredible on this car! Getting in and out of the back seats is easy.
Make no mistake, the latest 3 Series sedan is still an entertaining car and you'll enjoy exploring back roads in it, but it's no longer a runaway leader for the sport sedan class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the sedan and wagon with five out of five stars. All our test cars had automatic transmissions an. The 328i sedan has a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A rearview camera is available and can be bundled with a parking assistance program that adds cameras around the car to stitch together a surround-view camera look to help with parking in tight spaces, or pulling out of concealed exits such as alleyways. Where the 3 Series falls short, or shall I say small, is with rear seat room.