Optional Active Steering This high-tech adjunct to the standard power steering varies the effective turning ratio to correspond with vehicle velocity, making it easier to maneuver at low speeds while enhancing stability under freeway cruising conditions. Although the 328i and 335i share the same 3. Power, braking and handling are perfectly matched to the vehicle's size and intended usage. In back, the taillights are reminiscent of older 5 Series lights. All 3 Series models are fitted with extended-mobility run-flat tires, so no spare is included. All vehicles have a marvelously balanced chassis and outstanding road feel. Both 6-cylinder powerplants are matched with a superb 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is optional.
The 3-Series makes sure no buyer is left behind by offering four body styles, three engines, and both rear- and all-wheel drive. The wagon also has roof rails for extra cargo-toting flexibility. There's a precise feel to the steering and the well-sorted suspension provides exceptional confidence through even the most challenging corners. That, of course, is what this comparison gallery is all about. Slab sides and blunt fascias of the past have been given more elegance and character, new headlights and taillights bookmark the upgraded look, and there is a newly contoured hood. Standard equipment is generous, with stability and traction controls, xenon adaptive headlights, a moonroof, power heated mirrors, a tire pressure monitor, dynamic cruise control, automatic tri-zone climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, side seat-mounted and curtain air bags and power windows and locks. While the 325i in Europe gets direct injection, it does not spill over to the 328i for North America.
Interior improvements include new trim combinations, more accessible electric window controls, a new 8. The 17- and 18-inch wheels that are part of the optional Sport Package impart an even more aggressive stance than the standard 16-inch alloy rims. The fourth generation of the legendary M3 continues in 2009. The familial resemblance will continue on the forthcoming new , which we have only seen spy photos of. The light-weight powerplant generates 420 horsepower and spins up to 8,400 rpm.
I understand that message and data rates may apply. Fortified with abundant power and torque, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, in either body style and with either transmission, are plenty fast from zero to 60 mph and easily capable of coping with any kind of traffic situation. Differences between body styles, aside from the obvious, are minimal, except for the M3. The sedan and wagon ride on 16-inch alloys instead of the 17-inchers found on the coupe and convertible. Take a look at the pictures below and decide for yourself. In addition to rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive is available on all body types except the convertible. The all-wheel-drive versions add retractable headlight washers.
Even at its entry level, the 3 Series package provides an engaging mix of character, quality and performance. This gem of an engine produces 300 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. I hereby consent to receive text messages from or on behalf of dealer at the mobile phone number I provided above. The 335i models are powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the same 6-cylinder engine. Easily adjusted and very supportive seats are the norm, as is one of the nicest steering wheels found in a modern automobile.
If you're a genuine driving enthusiast who still believes that there's just something special about German automotive engineering, virtually any selection from the 328i and 328xi menu could be just what you're looking for. In the 335, twin turbochargers up the output to 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Mobile Phone Number: - - Phone is required. Like its bigger brothers, the 3-series will get the next-gen iDrive system when equipped with an optional navigation system. For the 2009 model year, has refreshed its 3 Series lineup.
Historically, the 3 Series is among the industry leaders in resale value, besting the , and Infiniti G37 and on par with the. Last Name: Last Name is required. The European lineup consists of five diesel and five gasoline options for a lineup that includes the 318i, 318d, 320i, 320d, 325i, 325d, 330i, 330d, 330xd, 335i, and 335d. . Coupe, sedan and convertible versions will be available, all powered by a high-revving 4. The big news for 2009 is a new clean diesel engine now available in the 3-Series. I understand that I am opting in to receive text messages from dealer or their employees.
Generating a massive 425 pound-feet of torque, the 335d can sprint to 60 miles per hour in six seconds and is reported to achieve around 36 miles per gallon during highway driving. If you prefer a suspension tuned more towards ride comfort than control, want a rear seat with lots of legroom or need a spacious trunk, the 3 Series may be less attractive than some of its European or Japanese competitors — although the Sports Wagon does offer impressive cargo room even with the rear seat up. In the 328 models, an ultra-smooth 3. While some may find the ride a tad too taut — particularly when fitted with the optional Sport Package — we think the handling advantages more than offset any minor comfort tradeoff. Its Variable Twin Turbo system uses a small turbocharger initially at low engine speeds—working to avoid turbo lag—and as engine speed increases, the second and larger turbocharger kicks in. Other performance-minded improvements include a lower carbon fiber roof, a new aluminum suspension, Mdrive to allow driver configuration of the engine control, high-performance compound brakes and a regenerative braking system that powers the electronics. Our 2009 coupe and convertible keep the same look, so there is hope that when these body styles make their styling changes, the new tranny is part of the enhancements—likely for 2010.
The convertibles add memory to the mirrors and power to the seats. Start-off Assistant Order a 3 Series with a manual transmission and you'll enjoy the benefits of this subtle but effective helper that automatically applies the brakes for a few seconds whenever you're stopped on a hill to help prevent the car from rolling backwards while you engage first gear. Transmissions also are unchanged on this side of the ocean, meaning the six-speed automatic remains. New wheel styles, side mirrors, and a sharper character line round out the changes. The 3-Series is available as a coupe, a retractable hardtop convertible, a sedan and a wagon. A relatively long wheelbase coupled with short front and rear overhangs, plus a slight wedge shape, gives the compact 3 Series a dynamic flair that reflects common styling cues with the larger 5 Series and 7 Series, elements that are further reinforced by the signature twin-kidney grilles.