The BMW 3-Series is one of the brand’s most iconic models and the company graced us with an all-new version earlier this year.
Looking like a shrunken down 5-Series, the 2019 3-Series is longer and wider than its predecessor and now features the longest wheelbase in its class. While the extra room will certainly be welcomed by backseat passengers, can the all-new model live up to its reputation of being the ultimate driving machine?
The embargoes have finally been lifted on the first drives of the sedan and we’re starting to get an idea of how the car stacks up. Autocar took a spin in a couple of different models and came away pretty impressed with the company’s new four-cylinder diesel engine, although they contend it sounds a “little bit gruff at times.”
When it comes to ride and handling, the publication says the car is “spot on” as the handling has improved over its predecessor. However, the ride quality seems to suffer a bit as the car is firm but never too harsh.
The interior also impresses as BMW paid attention to the details and used high quality materials and modern technology. As a result, the 3-Series now has a cabin that’s competitive with the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
The review then switches to the M340i which is praised for having great handling and a powerful six-cylinder engine. Even the optional all-wheel drive system doesn’t spoil the fun as it’s rear-biased and allows the tail to swing out with relative ease.
The 2019 BMW 3-Series will go on sale in the United States in March and pricing starts at $40,250. The M340i will arrive in the summer with a base price of $54,000.
In America, the base model is the 330i which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. The M340i, on the other hand, has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 382 hp (284 kW / 387 PS) and 369 lb-ft (499 Nm) of torque.