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BMW 3 Series

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Version
320d Prestige
  • 320d Prestige
    DieselAutomatic 39,80,000
  • 320d Sport Shadow Edition
    DieselAutomatic 41,40,000
  • 320d Luxury Line
    DieselAutomatic 45,30,000
  • 330i M Sport Shadow Edition
    PetrolAutomatic 47,30,000
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₹ 39.8 Lakhs
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BMW 3 Series Key Specifications

PriceRs. 39.8 Lakhs onwards
Mileage 16.05 to 22.69 kmpl
Engine 1995 to 1998 cc
Transmission Automatic

3 Series Price List

BMW 3 Series price starts at ₹ 39.8 Lakhs and goes upto ₹ 47.3 Lakhs. Diesel 3 Series price starts at ₹ 39.8 Lakhs. Petrol 3 Series price starts at ₹ 47.3 Lakhs.

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BMW 3 Series Review

BMW added the acclaimed petrol version of its 3 Series, the 330i, to their Indian portfolio in May this year. It goes without saying that it caters to the petrol-head crowd who like the smoothness and refinement that’s associated with a gasoline motor. Let’s dive into the looks now.

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What is it?

Why would I buy it?

Strong refined motor, comfortable ride with good long distance capability

Why would I avoid it?

Petrol efficiency can be a deterrent, vertical movement at higher speeds with some roll too

 

BMW added the acclaimed petrol version of its 3 Series, the 330i, to their Indian portfolio in May this year. It goes without saying that it caters to the petrol-head crowd who like the smoothness and refinement that’s associated with a gasoline motor. Let’s dive into the looks now. 

On the whole, there aren’t any surprises in this department since the 3 has been around for some time now. Since this is the M Sport version, there are some mild differences such as the restyled front bumper with redesigned air dams, and the reshaped rear bumpers. 

That aside, the stance is still sporty thanks to the arrow silhouette with the long bonnet and a low-set posture. Then, there are the sharp creases, those 18-inchers with low profile 225-section tyres upfront, and 255-section ones at the rear. On the whole, we’d describe the 330i as nothing short of looking ‘purposeful’ – read shred the tarmac!

How is it on the inside?

Its standard BMW 3 Series fare here too. Sadly, the dashboard layout has begun to show its age and looks outdated to say the least. Segment competitors like the A4 have taken the game forward with modern dashboards. Nevertheless, quality levels are in-sync with what we’ve come to expect from the German brand. Our car came with attractive brown leather seats that elegantly lit up the ambience within the cabin. However, it somehow didn’t get along the silver textured trim and overall black interiors.

Let’s get to the seats now. The front ones are sporty since they have lots of contours, are firm and have electrically adjustable lateral support for that snug fit. It doesn’t end here. And there’s manually adjustable thigh support, adequate headroom and lots of knee-room too. At the rear, a tall transmission tunnel limits this to a strict four-seater. 

That said, the rear bench is flatter (compared to the front), and this combined with the ample legroom and a relaxing backrest angle makes for a comfortable place to be. Then again, it is slightly short on thigh support, and headroom could be a hassle for tall passengers. This brings us to the boot which despite being large, suffers from the spare wheel eating into the useable space. So, it can swallow one medium-sized suitcase and some soft bags at the most. 

Our BMW 330i came with the M Sport Package. It uniquely adds an aggressive black-gloss finish on the kidney grille, BMW etched on the door sills, the M Sport steering wheel, and the catchy ‘M’ logo on the car key and front fenders. When it comes to safety features, the 330i gets eight airbags, ABS, dynamic stability control with dynamic traction control, side impact protection, tyre pressure indicator and run-flat tyres.

How does it drive?

Now this is the exciting bit. Under that long hood is the 2.0-litre turbocharged motor that dishes out 252bhp and 350Nm of torque. All that power is passed on to the rear wheels through an eight-speed auto transmission with paddle shifters. Just like all BMW petrol motors, this one is smooth and packs enough performance to keep the driver’s adrenaline pumping. And what’s impressive is that any enthusiastic pedal input is instantly rewarded with some enticing exhaust growling too.

This motor lays down its power on the road extremely well with hardly any turbo lag, and at no point would you feel the need for more performance. What also aides matters is the potent/ quick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox. With ample gears closely stacked, the ‘box always finds the right gear at the right time. Not to forget that the gears downshift sportily to the red-line too.

There are four driving modes that alter the engine/gearbox and steering responses - Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Eco Pro mode gets the motor to offer the least response when compared to all modes. It coasts as soon as you get off the throttle and is mainly done to maximize efficiency. Comfort mode doesn’t offer the coasting feature, but is partially more responsive than Eco Pro. Here, as soon as the driver backs off the accelerator pedal, the transmission upshifts multiple times almost immediately. 

No points for guessing that Sport+ mode is the way to go for the best possible performance. Electronic stability control (ESC) gets it switched off by-default, and the transmission holds a lower gear at all times to give you instant thrust as soon as the accelerator pedal is tapped. Although Sport mode offers the same qualities as ‘Sport+’, what essentially sets them apart is that Sport mode does not hold the gear at the rev-limit as it upshifts automatically at 6700rpm. In Sport+ (manual), the gears are held at the 6900rpm redline.

This brings us to the ride and handling. Armed with the strong motor and a supple ride, the 330i makes for a great long distance sedan. It rolls on a suspension that absorbs bumps well regardless of the speed, and it is only over the sharp bumps that the suspension can be heard with a thud inside the cabin. Plus, there is some vertical movement that tosses the passengers about, especially while going over undulations/bumps at higher speeds. Throw the 330i spiritedly around bends and it certainly exhibits more roll - more than what we would have liked. There is immense grip though, thanks to the M Sport version getting wider tyres at the rear. 

Also, the 330i’s steering is accurate and weighs up nicely as speeds increase. While the Comfort and Eco Pro modes help make the steering lighter, it is heavier/sportier in Sport and Sport+ modes. When it’s on the move, there’s ample feedback coming in from the wheels which allows the driver to push the 330i, especially around corners. On the braking front, we would have appreciated more feedback from the brake pedals as they felt wooden. Nevertheless, they stop the car as intended.

Should I buy one?

Let’s talk about what goes against the 330i. The overall design has begun to look outdated, and it will need frequent visits to the petrol pump. Then, there are things like the bouncy ride over sharp bumps at higher speeds and the lack of rear headroom for tall occupants. On a positive note though, one will thoroughly appreciate the entertaining power output from this motor, the comfortable ride, and the good grip from the tyres. It also entices with its sorted ergonomics, some flashy M Sport equipment, and the snug front seats and comfortable flatter rear ones. If you’ve been looking to park a competent petrol ‘3’ in your garage, then we think the search has surely ended.

Where does it fit in?

The BMW 330i M Sport Edition comes with a price tag of Rs 53.57 lakhs, and locks horns with the Audi A4 30TFSI that’s priced at Rs 50.32 lakhs, and the Mercedes-Benz C200 which is available for Rs 49.04 lakhs (all prices on-road Mumbai).

 

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3 Series Features

  • Drive and Transmission
    • 8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission
    • BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Servotronic steering assist
    • Launch Control Function
  • BMW Lines
    • Sport Line
    • Entry sills 'BMW'
    • Exclusive design features in Black High-gloss
  • Exterior Equipment
    • LED headlights with four LED DRL light rings
    • LED Fog lights
    • Heat protection glazing
    • Rain sensor and automatic driving lights
  • Interior Equipment
    • Front armrest, sliding with storage compartment
    • Centre armrest in rear with 2 cup holders
    • Gearshift paddles
    • Glass sunroof, electric
    • Lights package with ambient lighting
    • Multifunction Sport leather steering wheel
    • Roller sunblinds for rear & rear side windows
    • Smokers package
    • Start/Stop button
    • Sport seats for driver and front passenger
    • Storage compartment package
    • Floor mats in velour
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
    • BMW Apps
    • BMW Head-Up display with full colour
    • Navigation system Professional with 3D maps
    • Rear View Camera
  • Technical Data
    • Automatic Start/Stop function
    • Brake Energy Regeneration
    • CO2 Emission g/km
    • Fuel Economy km/l
  • Safety Features
    • Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
    • Electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor
    • ISOFIX child seat mounting
    • Tyre pressure indicator
    • Runflat tyres with reinforced side walls
    • Emergency Spare Wheel
    • Side-impact protection
    • Warning triangle with first-aid kit
  • Upholstery
    • Sensatec Black/Red highlight | Black
    • Sensatec Veneto Beige | Veneto Beige
  • Alloy Wheels
    • Road Side Assistance 24x7
  • BMW Service Inclusive
    • BSI Basic
    • BSI Plus
    • BSI Plus with Repair Inclusive

BMW 3 Series Colours

3 Series is available/sold in the following colours in India.

* Colours shown are indicative and may vary slightly from actual car colours.

BMW 3 Series Mileage

Fuel TypeTransmissionEngine CapacityMileage
PetrolAutomatic1998 cc16.05 kmpl
DieselAutomatic1995 cc22.69 kmpl

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