The BMW 3 series has always been the benchmark in handling and performance. In India the current 3 series has enjoyed a fan-following with sales encompassing its rivals. However just when rivals like Mercedes Benz had launched the refreshed C-class, BMW is back with a bang with the new 3 series. We mean brand new and ready to give its rivals nightmares again. The new 3 series has increased length of 93mm and a larger wheelbase by 50mm. Thanks to a wider track the new 3 looks meaner and leaner.
Imperial Blue Brillant Effect
Midnight Blue GT Variant
Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect GT Variant
Black Sapphire GT Variant
Alpine White GT Variant
Mineral Grey Prestige Variant
Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect Prestige Variant
Havanna Prestige Variant
Glacier Silver Prestige Variant
Mineral Grey Luxury-Line Variant
Melbourne Red Luxury-Line Variant
Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect Luxury-Line Variant
Havanna Luxury-Line Variant
Glacier Silver Luxury-Line Variant
Black Sapphire Luxury-Line Variant
Alpine White Luxury-Line Variant
The BMW 3-Series has been one of the most successful executive saloons the car maker has ever made. The 3-Series always formed the base for the more powerful and sportier M3 which in itself justifies the kind of engineering that goes into making a 3-Series. Since its conception back in the seventies, the 3-Series has spawned into a family spanning five generations and now, it’s the time of the latest F30 generation. It has been launched in 2012. The new BMW 3-Series looks nothing short of stunning with the highly expressive headlights that blend into the famous twin-kidney grille. The intakes on the front bumper are there to vent air around the front wheels reducing drag. BMW call this “Air Curtain”.E ven in the Luxury Line trim the 3-Series oozes sportiness. It has a more aggressive stance its predecessor.
Inside, buyers can choose the interior options that best suit their tastes depending on Sport Line, Luxury Line and Luxury Line Plus trims. Of course, the 328i in Sport Line trim is the one to choose if you want a car with all the bells and whistles. The cockpit is angled towards the driver by seven degrees and puts all the important controls within easy reach to provide a sense of personal control and comfort. Seats in the all-new BMW 3 Series are electrically adjustable on both the driver and front seat passenger sides.The larger dimensions of the all-new BMW 3 Series (length +93 mm, wheelbase +50 mm) mean that the rear seat passengers can now enjoy extra legroom.
The new 3 Series has two engines- petrol and a diesel. The new BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine's displacement of 1,997 cc delivers maximum power of 245 hp. The 320d has an unchanged maximum power of 184 hp at 4,000 rpm. The new 3 Series is available with two engines- a diesel and a petrol. The 320d gives 19 kmpl which is a great figure. The petrol 328i will give 10-12 kmpl depending upon driving style. ECO PRO mode further helps save fuel.
The classic BMW 3-Series rear-wheel-drive set-up and a balanced weight distribution provide for great handling. The new BMW 3-Series is fitted with the electromechanical power steering system EPS (Electronic Power Steering), which uses an electric motor to provide steering assistance, with no concessions on the sporty steering characteristics for which this sedan is noted. The new BMW 3-Series thus uses lightweight sliding-calliper brakes with large vented discs. The aluminium front callipers bring a further reduction in unsprung masses. The brake system is further supported by various state-of-the-art electronic safety systems, which are integrated into the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system for improved driving dynamics and safety
The prices for the new BMW 3-series start at Rs 29 lakhs to Rs 38 lakhs. For this price you get a much more improved car and probably which is best in class too! For a detailed analysis read below
The larger dimensions of the all-new BMW 3 Series (length +93 mm, wheelbase +50 mm) mean that the rear seat passengers can now enjoy extra legroom. Behind the fully contoured front seats, 14 mm of additional knee room and 8 mm of extra headroom further enhance the passenger’s comfort. The volume of the luggage compartment has been increased by 20 litres to a total of 480 litres.
The cockpit is angled towards the driver by seven degrees and puts all the important controls within easy reach to provide a sense of personal control and comfort. Seats in the all-new BMW 3 Series are electrically adjustable on both the driver and front seat passenger sides.
The BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System) with 6.5 inch high-resolution display and BMW Radio Professional are featured as standard in the all-new BMW 3 Series. BMW Navigation Professional (integrated Global Positioning System - GPS)
Spacious and luxurious
Rear seat not class best
The BMW 3 Series has a Boot space of 480 liters being an internationally acclaimed Sedan it’s quite good.
The instrument cluster comes with four analogue displays, which comprises of a Speedometer, a rev counter, the fuel gauge, oil temperature and other information display along with outside temperature as well as other on-board computer functions. All in all the other meters illuminate the Speedometer vehemently.
The BMW 3series got classy looking gear lever which small in size, designed in curvy shape with chrome finish, it lies just in the middle console of the car. Though its speed auto transmission.
There is an open compartment under the front center arm rest as well as the rear center console and there are a couple of cup holders.
Being a luxuriant Sedan Car BMW 3 series has a spacious Glove box at front.
BMW 3 Series is loaded with luxurious accessories like, 6 CD changer, Multimedia appliances in different format and AUX IN port and USB/Audio Interface which helps to connect an external device easily to your CD player. One can now have complete control at the convenience of steering wheel. One can enjoy music with Hi-Fi Loud speakers system integrated with 10 speakers. There is a music interface for Smartphones too.
The BMW 3 Series has an automatic air conditioning, with powerful cooling system which enhances the comfort level of this Sedan. The standard air conditioning unit featured in the new BMW 3 Series employs an additional filter system that also becomes effective when switched to the air circulation mode.
The BMW 3 series has its arm rest in the middle console both at front a rear which is quite comfortable when it comes to a luxuriant Sedan car like this.
The air Vents of BMW 3 series are very well designed by keeping the comfort in mind. The air vents are designed as such the can work in the climate control technology introduce by BMW. Each air vent of the automatic climate control system is controlled by a compact and centrally located flap mechanism, rendering additional stepper motors unnecessary. When opting for a two-zone automatic climate control system, both the driver and the front seat passenger are able to set the desired temperature f
The interior space is exceptionally comfortable and so is the spacious seating arrangement, which can easily have room for 5 commuters. The interiors of the BMW 3 Series include Dacota leather upholstery.
The leg room is 120/960mm (max/min) which is quite appropriate for a luxurious car like BMW 3 Series.
The Knee room is 850 /620mm (max/min) which much comfortable for the commuters in the BMW 3 Series.
The shoulder space is 1400 mm which indicates the passengers in the back can easily enjoy the ride while going for any long drive or trip of course a sedan like BMW 3 Series proves that.
The head room is 940 / 920 mm respectively at front and rear which indicates the passengers in the back can easily enjoy the ride while going for any long drive or trip of course a sedan like Accord proves that.
BMW 3 Series possess a very sporty looking leather wrapped electronically powered three spoke steering wheel with audio controls and other functional controls mounted on it. All in all it’s a multifunctional power steering.
BMW 3 Series is equipped with power windows on each door. The arm rest beside the driver seat at the door has the control switches for the four windows, while each door got their own control switches on the respective doors in the Arm rest.
Looking upon the safety and elegance BMW 3 Series has the keyless entry option with remote In addition to controlling the power door locks for the driver's and all other doors, this system also lower all the power windows and other functionalities too. This allows drivers to vent the interior of the BMW as they approach their vehicle.
The driver information display in BMW 3 Series consist of four analogue displays, which comprises of a Speedometer, a rev counter, the fuel gauge, oil temperature and other information display along with outside temperature as well as other on-board computer functions.
The new BMW 3-Series looks nothing short of stunning with the highly expressive headlights that blend into the famous twin-kidney grille. Having said that, don’t think for a moment that the shape of car isn’t designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, because it is. The intakes on the front bumper are there to vent air around the front wheels reducing drag. BMW call this “Air Curtain”.E ven in the Luxury Line trim the 3-Series oozes sportiness. It has a more aggressive stance its predecessor and in full sport trim it is a different animal all together.
Rear styling too similar to 5 series
The outsides of this new BMW 3 Series luxury sedan are simply fascinating and polished with a signature BMW kidney shaped front radiator grille that has 11 slats and are finished in glossy chrome. The air intakes are black in color with a high gloss finish and in a line specific design. The large and aggressive head light cluster is equipped with Xenon powered headlamps, which have high as well as low beams and the standard four LED light rings as well. There are horizontal inserts in the front
The rear end BMW3 Series has a large wind shield with an elegant and neatly carved out boot lid, which has a prominent BMW insignia on the lid. The dynamic tail light cluster comes with a flashing function to help the vehicles behind tell the difference between a light tap of the brake or a hard stop. The exhaust pipe trim is also finished with high gloss chrome, which makes it look sportier and energetic.
The side profile is reflected by body colored external rear view mirrors, which are integrated with a side turn blinkers. The body colored door handles and the neatly carved out pronounced wheel arches have been fitted with a modish set of newly designed 17 inch multi spoke styled light alloy wheels. The side profile also has precise contours along with ascending lines. These lines stretch this premium sedan optically and enhance its dynamic character.
BMW 3 Series got a ground clearance of 140 mm which is quite good for Indian roads thinking about a luxurious sedan car.
The front body colored bumper has a couple of radiant fog lamps, which have a high gloss finish to its surrounds.
The large and aggressive head light cluster is equipped with Xenon powered headlamps, which have both high as well as low beams. This advanced headlamp cluster comes with a new sophisticated features of a head light washing feature and the standard four LED light rings as well.
The dynamic tail light cluster comes with a flashing function to help the vehicles behind tell the difference between a light tap of the brake or a hard stop.
The BMW 3 Series has a couple of radiant fog lamps, which have a high gloss, finish to its surrounds in the front bumper.
BMW 3 Series has a wheelbase of 2760 mm. The tyres measure up to be 205/55 R16.The diesel variant 320D comes with tyres that measure 225/50 R16.
The BMW 320i has light alloy wheels measuring 360 7Jx16 with V spokes.BMW 330i has multi spokes light alloy wheels measuring 284 8Jx17 .The diesel variant 320D comes with star spoke light alloy wheels with dimensions as 283 7Jx16 .
The BMW 3 series has body coloured and black outlined downwards outside mirrors which are electrically retractable with sleek turn indicators on it.
BMW 3 Series comes in different variant such as Havanna Sparkling Bronze, Black, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Mineral White, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect, Mineral Grey, Orion Silver, Alpine White, Liquid Blue.
BMW 3 Series don’t have this rear wiper option.
BMW 3 Series don’t have Roof rails option across its variants.
The new BMW 3 Series luxury sedan also has a panoramic sun/moon roof on the top, which makes it more stylish.
BMW 3 Series don’t have this option.
BMW 3 Series don’t have this option.
Spare wheel space is there at the back boot of BMW.
The new BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine's displacement of 1,997 cc delivers maximum power of 245 hp at 5,000 rpm while, thanks to twin-scroll turbocharging, the maximum torque of 350 Nm is developed at just 1,250 rpm and remains constant up to 4,800 rpm. These statistics translate the new BMW 328i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds, on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The 320d has an unchanged maximum power of 184 hp at 4,000 rpm, and powerful torque of 380 Nm on stream between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. Standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of just 7.5 seconds.
Both engines offer great performance
Diesel not refined
The BMW 320i picks up amazingly from 0 to 100kmph in a matter of 9.8 seconds
The BMW 3 Series reached a top speed of 216km/h.
The BMW 3 Series can reach 40-60 during overtaking acceleration at 1.79 seconds and 80-100 in just 2.64 seconds.
The BMW 3 series has 8 Speed Automatic Transmission.
The 2012 BMW 3 Series comes in five guises out of which BMW 320d, BMW 3 Series 320d Luxury Line, BMW 3 Series 320d Sport and BMW 3 Series 320d Luxury Plus are all diesel variants and the only petrol variant is BMW 3 Series 328i Sport Line. The diesel variants hold a 1995cc engine four-pot, under their hood which is considered to be one of the best four-cylinder diesel mill in the auto world. The 2.0L diesel engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox which effectively churns
The 2.0L diesel engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox effectively churns out 184bhp peak power 380Nm torque @ 1,750-2,750rpm. The single gasoline variant also holds a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol motor with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger produces 245bhp power and 350 @ 1,250-4,800rpm.
The BMW3 Series has the option of NVH controls so the noise levels are always at minimum.
The new 3 Series is available with two engines- a diesel and a petrol. The 320d gives 19 kmpl which is agreat figure. The petrol 328i will give 10-12 kmpl depending upon driving style. ECO PRO mode further helps save fuel
Excellent economy for diesel
Petrol loses efficiency when driven hard
|GT 320d Sport Line||19.59 kmpl|
|320d Luxury Line||22.69 kmpl|
|320d Sport||22.69 kmpl|
|320d M Sport||22.69 kmpl|
|GT 320d Luxury Line||19.59 kmpl|
|320i Prestige||22.69 kmpl|
|320i Luxury Line||22.69 kmpl|
The four cylindered engine gives an ARAI mileage of 18.88 kmpl which says that the fuel efficiency of the diesel version of BMW 3 series is quite good.
The petrol version of the BMW 3 series gives an ARAI mileage of 14.79 kmpl. The power produced iby the engine is 245bhp @ 350 Nm.
BMW 3 Series gives 11.0 kmpl (approx.).
BMW 3 Series gives 21.0 kmpl (approx.).
BMW 3 Series 18.88 kmpl (approx.).
The tank range of BMW 3 Series is 1000 Kms in one single tank which car bare 75 litres and the petrol variant can do 800 Kms in one full tank.
The classic BMW 3-Series rear-wheel-drive set-up and a balanced weight distribution provide for great handling. The new BMW 3-Series is fitted with the electromechanical power steering system EPS (Electronic Power Steering), which uses an electric motor to provide steering assistance, with no concessions on the sporty steering characteristics for which this sedan is noted. the new BMW 3-Series thus uses lightweight sliding-calliper brakes with large vented discs. The aluminium front callipers bring a further reduction in unsprung masses. The brake system is further supported by various state-of-the-art electronic safety systems, which are integrated into the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system for improved driving dynamics and safety
Class best handling
Not as good as previous version
BMW 3 Series possesses great handling. All the variants of BMW 3 Series have disc brakes both at the front and rear, the braking of the car is efficient as well, the car has Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Run flat indicator. BMW 320i, 330i, 320D Corporate Edition and 320D Highline, all have a Double joint spring-strut axle front suspension and a five link rear suspension.
All the variants of BMW 3 Series have disc brakes both at the front and rear. The braking of the car is efficient as well, having an Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
The safety features of the car include - Air bags that are present for the driver and front passenger, head airbags front to rear, side air bags for driver and front passenger, Antilock Braking System, Concerning Brake Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Run Flat indicator, Safety battery terminal clamp, Bumper system with aluminum impact absorbers at the front and steel impact absorbers at the rear, integrated side impact protection, Ergonomic seat belt system at the r
BMW 3 Series have ABS.
BMW 3 Series has the option of Traction control which is named Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
In suspension, the front axle of the new BMW sports sedan is based on a proven design which provides an optimal fusion of driving dynamics and comfort. The wheel suspension combines maximum stiffness with minimum weight, while aluminium torque struts, wishbones and swivel bearings bring a substantial reduction in unsprung masses. Incorporating various significant improvements and refinements, the rear axle of the new BMW 3-Series makes an important contribution to the new model's improved driving dynamics and comfort. The ride is great now.
Improved ride over earlier verion
Ride is not class best
The interior space is exceptionally comfortable and so is the spacious seating arrangement, which can easily have room for 5 commuters. The leg room is appropriate and so is the shoulder and head space, which gives a much unperturbed driving experience for all the occupants. The door sill finishers are in an aluminum finish with BMW Luxury lettering at the front. The premium upholstery integrated in this BMW 3 Series has a few options, to begin with the seats are covered in Move cloth Amber or t
BMW 3 Series has Double joint spring-strut axle front suspension to ease driving at any terrain
BMW 3 Series a five link rear suspension.
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Pros Young Sporty Feel
Cons Bad for BMW's Image?
A lot of people say the 3 series is spoiling BMW's luxury image in India because there are more of them on the road and the styling is not as classy as some of the higher end cars.. But I think the styling and size of the car is great! It is a young car for younger people and probably has the opposite positioning in this regard to the Mercedes Benz.. It drives really well.. At the end of the day, if you like to drive yourself.. this is probably a better car to own!
12 of 17 users found this review helpful.
Pros nice interior good use of features
Cons average fuel economy
nice car with a lot of goooooooood features . nice interior with koooollll features .but the fuel economy nt great . but in the audi a4 c230 . you should be going for the 3 series .
2 of 3 users found this review helpful.
Pros Running is excellent
Cons Average is not good enough
An excellence performance has been rised up which has a super shape. I think that this car is very reflexible in its interior and seats have a great comfort. We can say it a proper car.
0 of 3 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Look, Run Flats, Handling, Mileage, Engine, Music System
Cons No idrive
The best in its class. The after sales service is also very good specially in Gurgaon. The pick up of this car is extremely good does 0-100 in 8.9 secs...very solid car ..have side impact protection as well.. the dynamic traction control system is superb it really helps u in cornering specially at speeds above 140 km/h...very quiet cabin u cant even hear the engine noise ....the legroom should have been more specially for back....overall a dream car to own....audi and merc are no match
0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
Pros good mileage
Cons lless comfortable
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1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
Pros great looks,royality in this car,the pick up touches mah heart
i like this bmw is my favourite car n the new one can be compared with audi a6 they all audi,mercedese etc. cant be compared wid bmw even bmw is th owner of rolls-royce
6 of 7 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,
Cons CongestedUncomfortable,Drive quality poor and bumps are felt on speed breakers
Overall an excellent car except for the suspension Very stable at high speed Excellent pick up
1 of 3 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
The Beemer is really a wonderful car with her sleek looks and brilliant engine performance. It is really a Joy to drive a BMW.
0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,
I was on a drive on weekend and it rained. But the mechanism to bring up the roof didn't work. Ultimately i got soaked, the interiors got wet, my laptop stopped working and my phone screwed up. However, BMW did fix up the problem which was related to a fuse apparently. But it was a difficult moment for me. But at the same time I enjoyed the experience with the rain splashing over me. It was something that i will experience again. But BMW should make reliable cars in every way.
1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,
Finally my baby comes home. What a lovely car. I got mine in black. My wife totally loves me for getting this beauty home. It is so comfortable and has a great appeal. The design is so modern and sporty. One of the best luxury sedan in the market. I thought of Audi but the BMW brand always appealed to me since childhood so I went with the BMW 3 series. Totally loving the car.
14 of 19 users found this review helpful.