Buyer’s Guide to the BMW 3 Series

Buyer’s Guide to the BMW 3 Series

The latest version of the 3 Series is on its way in 2019. Here is a brief look at the new saloon.

The BMW 3 Series is arguably the most well-known executive saloon on the market, and 2019 sees the seventh generation make its debut.

With a series of new tech features, a handsome exterior and improved driver involvement, we take a brief look at the new BMW 3 Series…

2019 BMW 3 Series

What engines are there?

From launch, the 3 Series is fitted with either the 320d diesel or 330i petrol four-cylinder units – with the M Performance-engineered M340i xDrive and plug-in hybrid 330e to follow later on in 2019.

For the 320d – which is likely to be the most popular – power output is 188bhp and 400Nm of torque and it comes with either rear-wheel or xDrive all-wheel drive. The diesel is capable of 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 149mph. That’s all while being able to achieve 67.3mpg and 110g/km CO2. The 330i has 255bhp and 400Nm of torque at its disposal and can get from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds. It’s top speed is limited to 155mph.

What specifications are there?

BMW is offering three trim levels with the 3 Series – SE, Sport and M Sport – with base spec models coming with 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, Bluetooth, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, three-zone automatic climate control, parking assistant with reversing camera and cruise control.

For top-end M Sport models, BMW adds larger displays, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats finished in leather, M Sport-specific equipment and darker exterior trim features.

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2019 BMW 3 Series

What optional kit can I get?

Three major option packs are available with the 3 Series – the Visibility, Premium Package and Comfort packages. The Visibility pack adds the BMW Laserlight headlight units which provide better range, with high-beam assistant ensuring that other drivers don’t get dazzled.

The Premium pack offers a glass sunroof and electric seat adjustment with lumbar support, while the Comfort pack offers an automatic tailgate, additional storage options, a heated steering wheel and comfort access, which allows users to unlock their 3 Series via a smartphone application.

How customisable is it?

BMW offers customers 12 body colours and six alloy options, ranging from 17- to 19-inch units. In terms of upholstery, customers of Sport and M Sport models can choose from five colour combinations for the leather upholstery – with all coming as a non-cost option.

2019 BMW 3 Series

What will it cost?

For the base level 3 Series SE, prices start from £32,620, while the mid-spec Sport option starts from £34,020. Top-end M Sport models cost from £35,520 – with the 3 Series on sale from March 2019.

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