BMW 3-series has appeared on our 10 Best list 23 years in a row, including for 2014.The gold standard of sports sedans, the
Now in its sixth generation, it is renowned for an unmatched combination of smooth powertrains, brilliant handling, and comfortable yet driver-focused interiors. However, the new F30’s base turbo four, abrupt stop-start, and electric power steering are causing some discord among the loyalists.
Almost always silky engine, balanced chassis, no-nonsense interior layout.
Stop-start rumble highlights the turbo four’s balance issues and is even more noticeable with the auto, steering could use some tactility, costs nearly 50 grand.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $48,195 (base price: $35,795)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 122 cu in, 1997 cc
Power: 240 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 255 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 110.6 in
Length: 182.5 in
Width: 71.3 in Height: 56.3 in
Curb weight: 3485 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS*:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.7 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 28.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.5 sec
Braking, 70-0 mph: 191 ft
EPA city/highway driving: 24/36 mpg
C/D observed: 21 mpg
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