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BMW 3 Series Saloon

320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto

BMW 3 Series Saloon - 320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£36,790.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
50.4 MPG
0-62 mph
7.1 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
4
CO2
146 g/km
By Line

The BMW 3 Series gets wide-ranging improvements in seventh generation form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The BMW 3 Series has ruled the compact part of the mid-sized executive segment for more than forty years and the company's hopes are high for this seventh generation version. It's smarter, slightly larger, more efficient and considerably high-tech. All the things you'd expect really. Something else you'd expect from this model is rear wheel drive handling purity. It doesn't disappoint in that regard either.

Background

The BMW 3 Series Saloon has had an unparalleled reputation both for its quality, and supreme handling in the premium midsize segment for more than 40 years and this, the seventh generation, raises the bar even higher. When the first BMW 3 Series was launched in 1975, it revolutionised the segment and became the Munich maker's most successful car. Since then, over 15 million 3 Series models have been sold globally and this contender is regarded as the heartbeat of the brand. With revised styling, improved driving dynamics, better efficiency and innovative features, this seventh generation model aims to continue that success story. A stiffer more sophisticated platform with revised suspension, plus stronger safety standards, a more up-market cabin and wider-reaching media connectivity will all help in that regard.

Driving Experience

It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and 184hp 320i. The 320i's same 2.0-litre engine's also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. At the top of the range, the road burning M3 Competition saloon also has a 3.0-litre twin turbo six cylinder petrol engine, this one developing 503hp. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.1s (or just 6.8s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an optional M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering. This is standard on the M340i ad the M3 Competition.

Design and Build

This seventh generation 3 Series model has had its proportions radically revised. The MK7 design is 85mm longer than its predecessor and 16mm wider, but just 1mm taller. Added to that, its wheelbase has been extended by 41mm and its track widths are wider too. As usual, there'll be saloon and Touring estate body styles. At the front, the large BMW kidney grille elements are framed by a single surround and split up by wide bars and link to the headlight units. The Munich brand's customary twin headlights feature the familiar two-way split that is further emphasised by an eye-catching notch in the front apron that rises into the headlight contour. The bonnet has four contour lines leading to the BMW kidney grille. A pair of character lines rise to the rear of the car at door-handle level and a contour line near the side skirts guides the eye to the sculpted rear wheel arches. There's the usual 'Hofmeister kink' near the rear C- pillar. And at the rear, slim, darkened light units house L-shaped taillights. Inside, the instrument panel has a modern, light look with horizontal lines, high quality electroplated trim strips and contours that extend into the doors. The newly-designed instrument cluster and Control Display form a large surfaced screen grouping, while the controls not included in these units are arranged into clearly structured function panels. Your dealer will also be keen to tell you about this MK7 model's clever 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice-activated infotainment system that responds to the prompt "Hey BMW".

Market and Model

When you pause to consider that one product line - the 3 Series saloon - accounts for fully a quarter of BMW's global sales, you begin to appreciate quite how much there is riding on this car. Pricing starts at around £31,000 for the 318i petrol; or around £33,000 for the 318d diesel - with a premium of around £2,800 more for the xDrive system. You'll need a budget of nearly £40,000 for the 330e PHEV petrol model. Across the range, for the prices being asked, you now get quite a lot, with even base 'SE' trim now featuring kit like Extended LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colour settings, a reversing camera, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. All 3 Series models benefit from 40:20:40 split folding rear seats and folding rear headrests as standard. The entry model features a leather Sport steering wheel and BMW Live Cockpit plus, with its 8.8-inch central instrument cluster. There's a slightly more dynamic-looking mid-range 'Sport' model but if budget permits, you'll probably want to stretch up to top 'M Sport' trim. This gives you a body kit, sports seats, an M leather steering wheel and the new 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' dash package, which gives you a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.3-inch central instrument cluster and BMWs brand new ID7 operating system.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has concentrated on improving the efficiency of the 3 Series and there are benefits right across the board. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 60.1mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 122g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 44.1mpg and up to 145g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid which can deliver up to 217mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 return of as little as 30g/km.. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

'More where you need more and less where you want less - otherwise leave well alone' seems to be the mantra of this seventh generation BMW 3 Series. If BMW wanted to build a model that would convert those who didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, then this MK7 design probably isn't that car. Its appeal is largely the same. If, on the other hand, you're crunching hard numbers, then it's hard to see this Munich maker's much improved mid-sized executive model coming off second best to anything in its division. The class-leading rear-wheel drive driving dynamics are merely the icing on the cake. Beneath the styling changes and interior upgrades are some serious engineering updates. A new family of petrol engines and big changes to the diesel powerplants come winging in, delivering unprecedented performance/economy combinations. The 3 Series has changed a lot about the way we buy cars in this class, continually forcing its rivals to play catch up. This one's no different. As you were, people.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
BRAKES
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Dry braking
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC ) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Hill start assist
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
  • M sport suspension
  • Stroke dependent dampers
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming
DRIVER AIDS
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Cruise control with brake function speed limiter
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
  • Variable sport steering
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Auto start-stop
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • BMW service history
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service
  • iDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • On board computer - average speed fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Aluminium tetragon interior trim
ENGINE
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB tuner
  • Electronic service booklet
  • Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • Fading support
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Solid paint
  • Visible VIN plate
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim front centre console armrest
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Vernasca leather upholstery
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • Make-up mirror lights
PACKS
  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
SAFETY
  • 2 tone horn
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sport seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
SECURITY
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation
TRANSMISSION
  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
WHEELS
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" NON-RFT M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M inlcuding BMW mobility kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2: 127
  • HC: 30E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 82
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1998
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: B48B20M1
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 94.6
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • EC Combined: 50.4
  • EC Extra Urban: 57.6
  • EC Urban: 41.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 5.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 8.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 9.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 6.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 6.8
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: i
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 184
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 7.1
  • BHP: 184
  • Engine Power KW: 135
  • Engine Power RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Torque NM: 300
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1350
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 790M
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1435
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4709
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4
  • Wheelbase: 2851
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1827
  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 480
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 59
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2050
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1495
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 555
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£287.30
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,585.74 inc VAT
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Ex VAT
£239.42
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,154.78 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
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36,790.00
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£199 +VAT
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Personal lease
£287.30
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£2,585.74
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£239.42
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£2,154.78
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£287.30
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,585.74 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£239.42
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,154.78 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
36,790.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
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Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
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Vehicle Information
List Price
£36,790.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
50.4 MPG
0-62 mph
7.1 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
4
CO2
146 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£287.30
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,585.74 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£239.42
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,154.78 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
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BMW 3 Series Saloon

320i M Sport 4dr Step Auto

BMW 3 SERIES SALOON *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£287.30
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,585.74 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£239.42
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,154.78 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC