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The 3 Series has been freshened for 2017, receiving some suspension tweaks, updated interior touches, and a bit more horsepower for the turbo four-cylinder, which is now called the 330i. We got a frugal 26 mpg overall in the all-wheel-drive version we tested. Handling has been sharpened, giving back some of the agility the 3 Series had lost. The firm ride is absorbent but can get choppy. The seats are supercomfortable, and the cabin is impeccably furnished. Despite some diesel clatter, the 328d gets a standout 35 mpg overall, and its 49 mpg on the highway gives it an impressive range. You can also opt for a wagon or a less powerful, but more affordable, 320i. The M3 can give ultra-high-performance cars a run for their money. The plug-in hybrid version can cover 14 miles on electric power.

Road Test

The BMW 3 Series has long been a sports sedan benchmark -- and perennial best-seller to boot. Not only is the 3 a focused sports sedan, it also boasts a well-crafted interior with high-tech electronics and thorough attention to detail. Recent updates...


  • Fun to drive, thanks to engaging handling and responsive powertrains
  • Fuel efficient with either the gasoline or diesel four-cylinder engines


  • Controls and gear selector take getting used to
  • Rear seat not the roomiest

Best Version to Get

The 330i is the popular middle-of-the-road option. If you live where it snows, you'll likely want the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Most cars at dealers will have the Sport trim, which includes a sport suspension and sports seats. Buyers who want a softer ride or more room in the s...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (248 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (248 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (320 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (425 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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