2020 BMW 3-Series Is A Jack Of Most Trades, Master Of Plenty

The BMW 3-Series is considered, along with Merc’s C-Class, the default choice in the premium compact sedan segment. That’s because it’s proven time and time again that it’s a great all-rounder, and the all-new, seventh-gen, is better than ever.

From the updated exterior styling, which is more of an evolution of its predecessor, to the well-equipped interior, the latest 3-Series is more mature. In terms of space, it’s average for a premium compact sedan, with 480 liters (17 cu-ft) of boot capacity and the ability to sit two people in comfort on the rear bench; three would be a crowd due to the tall transmission tunnel. Then again, interior space has never been the 3er’s strong suit…

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The front seats are very comfortable and leather and soft-touch plastics cover just about every visible surface, so it retains that premium feel. The equipment level is not bad either, with the iDrive infotainment system being offered as standard on all grades along with ambient lighting, a reversing camera and parking sensors all around. However, getting the fully digital gauges means upgrading to the 330i M Sport range-topper, which is powered by a 258 PS (254 hp / 190 kW), 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

In terms of performance, the 330i M Sport, which was reviewed by CarsIreland, offers sufficient punch. The 8-speed automatic transmission is very smooth, and the adaptive suspension, which is part of the M Sport package, provides a perfect balance between comfort and sportiness.

Not everything about the 3-Series G20 is rosy, though. Apart from space, pricing is perhaps its biggest drawback, as it carries a €54,000 (~$61,000) sticker price in Ireland, which gets close to €60,000 (~$67,700) after adding some options.

The 330i won’t remain the range-topping model for long, as next month, that role will be taken by the 340i xDrive, with a straight-six that pushes out 387 PS (382 hp / 285 kW), which in turn will be topped by the new M3 in mid-2020.


  • carlbolt

    She is gorgeous.

  • Six Thousand Times

    So much prettier than either Henry Catchpole or Mat Watson. Still, if you’re buying a BMW, get a smooth inline six

    • SteersUright

      roughly $10k more though, but, I’d fully agree.

  • SteersUright

    I drove M sport version and loved it. I think its getting a bad rap for no reason. The only true faults are an absolutely ridiculous price (who doesn’t lease these anyway?) and annoying turbo lag right off the line. Otherwise it felt powerful for a base car, luxurious, well made, and stood up to a full day of track abuse, something I do not see many others in this segment doing. The rough ride is 100% the run-flats, which have always been abysmal. I’d replace those immediately, put them back on at lease end.

  • Bash

    She is a perfect match for the car.

  • Matt

    This appears to be the Irish-market special BMW ‘Tree Churty Eye’.

  • Six_Tymes

    wait, did they make the front grille so large that it’s top section that is on the hood solid? meaning fake? are you kidding me?!

  • erly5

    The black grille is awful, looks like a cheap aftermarket accessory.

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