The USP of this car is the extended length; let us begin at the rear seats. Step in and you instantly notice the extra legroom which is quite a lot, thanks to the 110mm extended wheelbase. It’s not like the standard wheelbase 3 Series is exactly short on length but this addition of space does wonders in adding a feeling of spaciousness while being seated here. What’s more, even the middle seat occupant will have no shortage of leg space but will have to contend with the high transmission tunnel and central vents. This extended length also means ingress and egress is an easier task. This should be a good selling point for those who want a car that will allow them to be chauffeured in comfort but be equally involved when they are in the mood to get behind the wheel.
Extended length apart, the rear seats in this 320Ld luxury line car that we are reviewing also get rear AC vents with its climate zone, USB type-C charging point, centre armrest storage, and fold-out cup holders that can be accessed by pressing down here. However, we would have liked it if BMW had added in sun blinds and the ability to move front passenger seat from the rear as standard fitment for this long-wheelbase 3 Series.
While this car’s main USP is the large rear space, it’s a BMW 3 Series and that means the front seats are still the stars of the show. Get in and you are transported into a luxurious space lined with leather, high-quality plastics, and two large screens. Everything feels nice and falls easily to hand. We are glad that BMW still offers a plethora of physical buttons for all the functions which could have easily become one too many but they are all well laid out and it won’t take much time to develop muscle memory for all the functions.
The buttons all work for this- the 10.25-inch display running BMW’s live cockpit professional with in-built navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as screen sharing. You also get access to BMW’s inbuilt apps which can be downloaded from respective online stores. Oh also, if you want to go direct, then this screen is also a touch unit, something that’s been introduced with this generation of the 3 Series.
The seats themselves are quite comfortable with electric adjustment and memory function for the driver. The visibility all around is surprisingly good thanks to the large glass area and the sight of watching those lines on the hood lead the way is a BMW 3 Series experience in itself.