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BMW 3 Series

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2019
Overall Score
BMW 3 Series 2019 sedan
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The all-new 2019 3 Series sedan feels very similar to the car it replaces but brings infotainment advancements, and standard safety features. The 330i is fitted with a 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a powertrain that is smooth, punchy and emits a satisfying sound. All-wheel drive is available. Handling is quite nimble and the ride is firm and even slightly tense. Seat comfort and fit and finish are first rate. The latest version of the iDrive control system is easy to use once mastered. It even features gesture control. Forward collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection are standard. All-speed AEB, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert are optional. The M340i with a 382-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder and the 330e plug-in hybrid arrive in 2020. The wagon and the hatchback Gran Turismo remain on the outgoing platform.
All Ratings & Reliability
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2018
The 2012 redesign is a bit larger, softer and a little less fun than previous versions. BMW even offers hybrid and diesel versions for those who want frugality with their fun. Within this generation, we think the best bet is a 328i with the Premium package. We'd also get the backup camera, which is included in the Driver Assistance package. If it snows where you live, you'll want xDrive all-wheel drive and the Cold Weather package. Dyed in the wool driving enthusiasts might prefer to keep things simple, going with a 320i with the manual transmission and the Sports package. This adds sports suspension and seats, along with the choice of summer or all-season performance tires. Throw in heated seats and the folding rear seat, skip leather and a moonroof. For 2017, BMW introduced new four-cylinder engines, changing the 328i to the 330i, and cars with navigation get the latest (and somewhat simplified) version of the iDrive infotainment system.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $26,475 - $38,425 $23,600 - $34,850
2017 $20,675 - $32,050 $18,100 - $28,850
2016 $18,250 - $27,825 $15,000 - $24,750
2015 $15,550 - $22,525 $12,150 - $19,650
2014 $13,100 - $19,325 $9,790 - $16,540
2013 $11,000 - $18,800 $7,820 - $15,870
2012 $9,675 - $16,950 $6,570 - $13,220
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2011
The 3 Series is almost universally considered the benchmark sports sedan. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the model delivers pinpoint handling and a snug, but impeccably finished interior. Over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of four-, six-, and even V8 engines, as well as in sedan, convertible, and wagon formats. Regardless of the version you choose, the compliant ride, punchy engine and fun-to-drive formula remain. While this version of the 3 Series BMW offers more interior room than the previous version, responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. Track-monster M3 versions tilt the needle all the way toward sportiness.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $7,875 - $14,175 $4,875 - $10,625
2010 $6,875 - $10,500 $3,940 - $7,240
2009 $6,175 - $9,225 $3,285 - $6,085
2008 $5,675 - $8,200 $2,830 - $5,130
2007 $5,300 - $7,325 $2,475 - $4,325
2006 $4,825 - $6,425 $2,060 - $3,510
1999-2005
BMW 3 Series 2005
The 3 Series is the car that defines a sports sedan, with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model delivers pinpoint handling and a snug, but impeccably finished interior. Over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of four-, six-, and even V8 engines, as well as in sedan, convertible, and wagon formats. Regardless of the version you choose, the compliant ride, punchy engine and fun-to-drive formula remain. While this version of the 3 Series BMW offers more interior room than the previous version, responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. Track-monster M3 versions tilt the needle all the way toward sportiness.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $4,375 - $5,675 $1,705 - $2,805
2004 $4,000 - $5,150 $1,425 - $2,325
2003 $3,750 - $4,750 $1,220 - $1,995
2002 $3,575 - $4,500 $1,060 - $1,785
2001 $3,450 - $4,350 $955 - $1,655
2000 $3,325 - $3,725 $880 - $1,180
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 BMW 3 Series Ratings & Reliability
The all-new 2019 3 Series sedan feels very similar to the car it replaces but brings infotainment advancements, and standard safety features. The 330i is fitted with a 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a powertrain that is smooth, punchy and emits a satisfying sound. All-wheel drive is available. Handling is quite nimble and the ride is firm and even slightly tense. Seat comfort and fit and finish are first rate. The latest version of the iDrive control system is easy to use once mastered. It even features gesture control. Forward collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection are standard. All-speed AEB, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert are optional. The M340i with a 382-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder and the 330e plug-in hybrid arrive in 2020. The wagon and the hatchback Gran Turismo remain on the outgoing platform.
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2018
The 2012 redesign is a bit larger, softer and a little less fun than previous versions. BMW even offers hybrid and diesel versions for those who want frugality with their fun. Within this generation, we think the best bet is a 328i with the Premium package. We'd also get the backup camera, which is included in the Driver Assistance package. If it snows where you live, you'll want xDrive all-wheel drive and the Cold Weather package. Dyed in the wool driving enthusiasts might prefer to keep things simple, going with a 320i with the manual transmission and the Sports package. This adds sports suspension and seats, along with the choice of summer or all-season performance tires. Throw in heated seats and the folding rear seat, skip leather and a moonroof. For 2017, BMW introduced new four-cylinder engines, changing the 328i to the 330i, and cars with navigation get the latest (and somewhat simplified) version of the iDrive infotainment system.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $26,475 - $38,425 $23,600 - $34,850
2017 $20,675 - $32,050 $18,100 - $28,850
2016 $18,250 - $27,825 $15,000 - $24,750
2015 $15,550 - $22,525 $12,150 - $19,650
2014 $13,100 - $19,325 $9,790 - $16,540
2013 $11,000 - $18,800 $7,820 - $15,870
2012 $9,675 - $16,950 $6,570 - $13,220
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2011
The 3 Series is almost universally considered the benchmark sports sedan. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the model delivers pinpoint handling and a snug, but impeccably finished interior. Over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of four-, six-, and even V8 engines, as well as in sedan, convertible, and wagon formats. Regardless of the version you choose, the compliant ride, punchy engine and fun-to-drive formula remain. While this version of the 3 Series BMW offers more interior room than the previous version, responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. Track-monster M3 versions tilt the needle all the way toward sportiness.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $7,875 - $14,175 $4,875 - $10,625
2010 $6,875 - $10,500 $3,940 - $7,240
2009 $6,175 - $9,225 $3,285 - $6,085
2008 $5,675 - $8,200 $2,830 - $5,130
2007 $5,300 - $7,325 $2,475 - $4,325
2006 $4,825 - $6,425 $2,060 - $3,510
1999-2005
BMW 3 Series 2005
The 3 Series is the car that defines a sports sedan, with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model delivers pinpoint handling and a snug, but impeccably finished interior. Over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of four-, six-, and even V8 engines, as well as in sedan, convertible, and wagon formats. Regardless of the version you choose, the compliant ride, punchy engine and fun-to-drive formula remain. While this version of the 3 Series BMW offers more interior room than the previous version, responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. Track-monster M3 versions tilt the needle all the way toward sportiness.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $4,375 - $5,675 $1,705 - $2,805
2004 $4,000 - $5,150 $1,425 - $2,325
2003 $3,750 - $4,750 $1,220 - $1,995
2002 $3,575 - $4,500 $1,060 - $1,785
2001 $3,450 - $4,350 $955 - $1,655
2000 $3,325 - $3,725 $880 - $1,180