The BMW 3 Series is an excellent car that boasts high quality, attention to detail and a long list of high-tech features. Sure, it's a bit less engaging to drive than it used to be, with less tactile steering. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Suspension seems underdamped. There is a bit of bounce in the suspension in the front end that make the car feel less well controlled than a BMW ought to be."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Still the best affordable handling vehicle for its class"

Anonymous, NM (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"the BMW sport wagon handles like a sports car. Handles beautifully"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"seat doesn't go up enough to allow me to really see as much as I would like. I am 5'5""

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Love everything about it. Great car!"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I love the diesel drivetrain, this is my first automatic transmission car in forty plus years of driving, and it is a good automatic (if such a thing exists!) The torque makes it peppy, the fuel economy is great, but it is very much influenced by climate... fuel economy dips five to seven MPG in winter cold, and running the air conditioner in the summer also whacks the fuel economy. Handling is good, but the run-flat tires and the wimpy steering tuning dull the experience compared to older BMW"

JAMES K., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and braking are excellent, but the steering is numb - not what I expect from a BMW."

DAVID J., CO (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"engine/exhaust sound is not good enough for a performance car. The 3 L turbo makes a muffled moaning noise and does not sound sporty at all."

LIU D., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The 3 Series Wagon I have comes with xDrive and I would have preferred a stiffer (sport) suspension for more crisp handling. The car as it is is very good but it could be better."

Anonymous, UT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is my favorite of all 50+ cars that I've owned. It is comfortable, sporty, very very fast, handles extremely well, and gets 32 mpg on trips. It's the best of all the things that a car can be."

DANTE T., NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Maybe the most economical car I've ever owned (30+ real mpg) and the fastest!"

EDWARD C., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Performance on the road. Very responsive. Acceleration and handling key factors. Excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration and handling."

ROBERT J., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"TIGHT responsive steering and very reliable in snow and wet conditions"

EUGENE C., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration with turbo for passing and entering highway"

GARY C., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Turning ratio"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a 6 sp MT and the car is just plain fun to drive. It's very quick and nimble, like driving a go cart!"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Lots of power for a smaller 4 banger turbo."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Hard suspension for a $53,0000 car"

BOBBY F., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a 328GT, which is longer and sits higher than standard 328s. It steers like a BMW, which is to say accurately and confidently, but there's too much body roll because of its height."

JAMES H., DC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"There is quite a bit of road noise."

Anonymous, MO (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very fun to drive. Great power. Great fuel consumption. Easy to park Negative : Too small. Long trips are not comfortable"

DARYL D., MI (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"My wife is primary driver and she likes the fuel efficiency and how well it handles."

MARK G., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"One of the finest handling cars I've ever owned. Handles better than my old Z3 and that's saying something. Does not have the performance that a 325 has but the gas mileage is better and considering it's the same engine not so highly tuned it will no doubt last a lot longer with less trouble."

C C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"A BMW Is definitely a fun car to drive. It accelerates quickly and smoothly. And it hugs the road, great handling."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I was very pleasantly surprised at the acceleration and mileage I get from the BMW diesel as compared to my son's stick shift VW Jetta diesel, which in my view is much more lethargic. Also the BMW handling is safe and secure and has good road feel, plus it is very economical."

E T., NH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is surprisingly rapid for a 4 cylinder engine, due to the duel turbo chargers. Handles very well also."

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very impressive acceleration with the turbo charged engine and yet it will get 36 MPG on the highway."

D B., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling great, but run flat tires ride harsh and are loud"

JIM S., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great car to drive. 4-cylinder turbo is quite as smooth as the old 6-cylinders, but gas mileage is better (25 mpg for someone who enjoys the car's performance). Turbo lag can be a little disconcerting when you're trying to get into a small opening in traffic. Hatchback configuration is a great combination of practicality and styling - way better than the wagon in my opinion."

TOM S., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I love the handling-just wish everybody didbt have the same black car"

FAITH S., CT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling lacks feedback/road feel through the steering wheel. I would strongly prefer stiffer steering with more feel of tires on the road. Loved the steering on a 2001 330ci (premium and sport packages, not a ZHP)."

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It's pure pleasure. You cannot go back and drive any other car after experiencing BMW drive."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Despite my initial concerns about minimal steering feedback (especially compared with my former Infiniti G35 coupe) and the somewhat rough engine idle, I am very satisfied with how the car steers and how the engine performs."

PAUL M., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Outstanding handling with MSport package, added on M Performance Power Kit and M Performance Exhaust for another 20-30HP and bad-ass exhaust note."

DAVID B., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"its so fast it scares me. What can I say 0--60 in 4,5 seconds."

JOAN D., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"impressive handling and response in all driving situations on all roads. solid road feel, quiet, a+ cargo space."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a very responsive car that is a lot of fun to drive."

KRISTY P., OR (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a driver's car - fun to drive"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Outstanding handling and acceleration with excellent fuel economy. Really fun to drive, practical and well appointed."

Anonymous, UT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration with the twin turbos"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It does not accelerate as fast as I would like"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent"

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Mine is a 328 D (diesel) so while a little slower off the line, I wanted the hybrid-like mpg with the fun to drive element. It has best of both. I live up in the hills and it's a fun ride every time into town. And it appears BMWs diesel is cleaner w/o playing computer tricks."

BILL W., UT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling is noticeably better than other cars I have driven."

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration and handling. The reason I buy a BMW over other brands."

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is great, the handling doesn't seem to be as sporty as I anticipated."

Marco G., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are very responsive. The noise level is higher than I like, partially due to the "run flat" tires that increase noise and create a harder ride above 55 mph."

Greg G., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"great handling. love to drive on the curvy roads in the mountains"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling is quick as is the acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is reasonably well-optioned, tough not completely (no Dynamic Handling package or Technology package). In comfort mode, the car is too "floaty" for its size and brand image (though even BMW has dropped the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan...must tell you something). In Sport mode, it feels like it should all the time, though the ride seems unnecessarily choppy. I dislike the run-flat tires a lot, both in terms of handling and what they mean if you get a flat far from civilization."

Tom W., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The auto handles like a sport car and has lots of power."

Hugh G., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling is not up to typical BMW level, steering is too light. Acceleration is fantastic"

Kenneth L., MI (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"My wife and I test drove several cars before settling on this one, and we both are true believers in BMWs message "The Ultimate Drive Machine""

Sergei K., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Outstanding handling and comfort"

Rodney B., DE (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Agile, quick, safe and fun to drive. I had a 4 cyl 2012 version before this vehicle which has 3L 6 cyl engine. I like the 4 cyl performance better. The 6 cyl makes more difference at highway speeds and needing to pass."

Jeff D., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I find the navigation system so terrific I can't live without it. I use it wherever I go for ETA and ways to get there if traffic is dense"

Susan M., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"great acceleration and sport mode option, excellent handling"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent in all respects"

Anonymous, SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All wheel drive combined with a powerful engine makes for excellent acceleration in any climate. We live in a rainy area (Seattle) and this combination is great when merging into fast moving traffic from a stop. When cornering or navigating around town everything is precise."

William G., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW are fun to drive, it's a drivers car. Everything is situated at your fingertips."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The diesel engine is terrific. Very peppy acceleration and excellent fuel economy with mpg between 45 & 55."

E T., NH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Peppy and responsive, especially in sport mode"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is superb considering it is a turbo 4-cylinder engine. I routinely get 33-34 MPG on the highway. Handling is excellent and car always seems sure footed, even in winter."

Anonymous, IA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Good: The driving experience. Great handling and very peppy. Bad: BMW should make an effort to include a quality sound system in all their cars. My old Lexus 330ES had a much better sound system than this BMW. It was the only disappointment I had with this car."

Anonymous, NV (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very responsive and agile"

Richard C., ID (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is a joy to drive and much less fatiguing to drive on long trips than our previous cars."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"We clearly underutilize the full potential of the iDrive system. We would use more features of the iDrive system if it were more user friendly and intuitive."

Jeffrey C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Driving experience."

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Super handling and acceleration."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"it has plenty of power around town"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very positive and easy to control"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Driving experience is poor. Sterling is extremely soft, especially between 25 to 69 mph, this is not the “the ultimate driving machine‿."

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Car handles like a go kart, very stable, great acceleration, will move when needed."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent control. Great acceleration to get out of tight jams."

Fran G., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Extremely fast for a sedan. Can out accelerate most cars and can quickly merge into traffic."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The driving experience is a 10. The audio is a 6. After the 4 year warranty, I am receiving annoying calls multiple times every day to sign up for additional protection. I receive weekly mailings. I declared that I didn't want to subscribe. Still getting calls! That is the downside of this experience. Almost to the pointy of discussing this with the State Attorney General. The calls are disruptive and don't take no for an answer."

Vickie T., KS (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles well"

Karl K., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great engine response and acceleration, but the GT does roll more than a standard 3-series."

Joseph M., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I love the acceleration of this car and it's steady handling in all conditions."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I like the ability to switch to different modes of driving, i.e. Sport, Comfort, Eco."

William W., AR (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"VERY PEPPY, GOOD BRAKES, HANDLES WELL"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Best acceleration and handling on any car I have ever driven"

Jeannie G., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Reliability much worse than expected."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are excellent. In this year model acceleration lags just a bit until the turbo kicks in, but far less than most turbo engines. It appears newer models handle this even better. The handling is the main reason you get this car, it's just one of the best out there for a sedan."

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration at low rpm is sluggish, until turbo kicks in. Not much torque. Engine is much more responsive in sport mode. Not a fan of the four cylinder engine."

Brent H., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling and fuel mileage"

Michael E., MN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great drive Great mpg Wonderful range"

T A., DC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles beautifully, accelerates powerfully which I like. It corners better than any other car I have driven."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car has fabulous handling. When I drive it, it feels like an extension of myself. I like the small size of the car - it makes it so easy to drive."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Best handling car I have ever owned."

Jeffrey S., UT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very fun to drive, especially in sport mode and/or with paddle shifters (although this does compromise gas mileage). Pronounced turbo lag if you try to accelerate quickly at very low speeds. You definitely want to put it into sport mode if you're trying to squeeze into a tight traffic window. The different suspension settings don't seem to do much. I got the handling package, have never driven the same model without it, so don't know how much difference it makes. Optional xenon lights are a must for night driving on dark roads."

Tom S., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All around great"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Quick acceleration"

Anonymous, NV (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great handling. Drives like no other vechile."

Mary T., IN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"transmission does not shift up on downhill driving, very much like shift geaers"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration and cornering. I love to drive this car on the open road"

Joseph T., KS (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration and excellent handling."

Anonymous, AL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling of this car is outstanding and it is why I love my BMW."

Mary S., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration in this car is very good, handling is also very good which is what the 3 series BMW's are known for."

Steve W., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Car has exceptional acceleration and handling. The three drive modes change the driving experience to the desires of the driver."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"effortless acceleration, very smooth engine, handling is secure"

Kenneth L., MI (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"excellent acceleration handling also very good"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles and generally performs better than any other car I have owned."

Angus F., OH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration with the base engine 320i. Very good brakes and road handling"

Uygar S., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent handling when used in sport mode. Acceleration is as expected with a diesel, but the twin turbos provide good low end torque."

Dennis C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Power and acceleration is great. The handling on the 2014 is a little soft for a BMW."

Anonymous, UT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"There is an annoying delay in the drive-by-wire throttle response, making the car feel sluggish at times. The handling and steering feel are not up to the usual BMW standards."

David S., NH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Like most BMWs, handling and safety are superb. You feel safe and confident behind the wheel."

Philip S., NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration was very linear and had plenty of power which I always felt amazed from an efficient 4 cylinder. The 3 series handles so well and is a blast to drive. Having more expensive cars I felt like the 3 series is a bargain for what you get."

Molly K., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I'm actually quite surprised at the acceleration, handling and quietness for a diesel automobile. My previous diesel car, a 2009 VW Jetta TDI had noticeable turbo lag but the BMW does not."

Chuck W., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Love the firm handling you can expect in a BMW. The acceleration is powerful, and yet it gets 30+ mpg on the highway. It can purr or roar with ease."

Anonymous, IN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Car (328GT) feels ungainly not very maneuverable in in-town driving. Handling at speed on curvy roads is not as crisp and leads to more lean than I've seen in previous BMWs."

James H., DC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Still handles beautifully"

Anonymous, AL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent handling and acceleration: just what I purchased a BMW for. Especially considering a rather small 2liter engine."

Gordon Z., AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Best combination of handling and performance of any car we've ever owned"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The turbo 4 provides a similar driving experience to the old inline 6, but is certainly noisier and rougher."

Mark S., CT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration and handling."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very tight and secure with excellent acceleration. In sport mode it's exceptionally tight and fun to drive on winding roads."

Peter P., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Never worry about getting up to speed in traffic. Hit the pedal and off we go. It will go around a turn quickly without complaining. If someone is tail gating and the highway clover leaf is coming it’s a good quarter of a mile gap at the bottom of the clover leaf. Ultimate Driving Machine puts a smile on my face"

Ralph S., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very quick acceleration and handles very well on road including curves."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a fun car to drive. For a car this size, I have never experienced this type of acceleration and I rarely drive it in Sport mode. Its a fun car to drive."

Horne T., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Almost a hot rod, my 3 series wagon, all wheel drive accelerates very well while maintaining excellent traction. Handling is responsive and comfortable."

William G., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All responses are linear, appropriately muted and as good as I could ever want."

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling is wonderful, acceleration is brisk with the twin-turbo 4, yet highway driving is smooth and comfortable. The engine sound at idle is disconcerting, but it sounds much better when on the move."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Agile acceleration, quite ride with good road feel and handles corners well."

Gary C., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, NV (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo is quite engaging. It accelerates well. There is turbo lag. Also the automatic transmission is a bit slow to react when you slow down but don't have to come to a complete stop, then have to accelerate again. I would buy the 6 cylinder if I had to do it again."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"While not a rocket sled, the 328i had more than enough pickup, and it has proper BMW handling. It's a great entry-level BMW driving experience, and was enough to finally tempt my wife away from her beloved Toyota Prius."

Mark B., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent fuel mileage with BMW power and handling"

Frank M., VT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The car drives like a dream. handles and accelerates well"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"My diesel BMW has plenty of get-up and go while maintaining great mpg. The car is meant to be driven."

Paul K., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Drives like a dream."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a quick car that is very agile through the corners. The brakes are also exceptional for this price point."

Josh K., IN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"RWD with nanny aids off reminds me of when driving was fun and required practiced skill."

Anonymous, AE (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"There is a slight lag when accelerating fast unless you have it in sports mode. Downshifting is difficult as it does not synchronize well to the engine speed."

Thomas S., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very stable. Excellent acceleration when needed."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Fast acceleration when needed. Very good gas mileage. Responsive handling"

Mark C., NM (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration. You don’t actually need more than this kind of power and torque on the streets."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It is very peppy but I prefer the non-turbocharged straight six I had in my last 3 series as it was smooth. This idles somewhat roughly."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"good enough acceleration. Good handling but not as good as my Honda S2000 or an old BMW 3 series."

Thomas Y., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent performance."

Edward C., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It has excellent acceleration with its turbo engine and excellent mileage. Handling is superb. The idrive controller has a steep learning curve. And the voice recognition system is laughable it's so bad."

D B., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration and handling"

Larry B., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is an amazing performer. Quick acceleration, effortless, sure braking and responsive, confidence-inducing handling sum to a car which is a simple joy to drive - in traffic or on open roads."

Robert R., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Goes faster, handles better and sounds better than previous 2010 328 model. But your body style choices do not include convertible, which this is."

Leslie K., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very smooth and powerful. Excrellent acceleration and control."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The M seating is very comfortable with it's adjustability and the climate control works like a dream. The ride is very sure in the sport mode and the noise is very quiet considering it's a diesel."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seat is not comfortable"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seat very uncomfortable and too low. I have to sit on a cushion which make it even more uncomfortable. Also do not like the stop/start feature."

Anonymous, MD (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is disappointingly LOUD, mostly from road noise. For a luxury car, I expected it to be much quieter. I'm only 5-6 and the seats are extremely uncomfortable, especially the headrest intrusion. I can't drive this car for long distance as my back/shoulders would ache. But otherwise, I love the ride and handling of this car."

GERALD T., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent handling, fun to drive"

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Climate control system seems quirky - have to set to very low temperature to make it run and stay cool enough in summer"

Anonymous, MD (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very comfortable ride"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are very adjustable, including lumbar support, which is very important to me. I would buy a less expensive car that has a superior seat."

PENELOPE J., OH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats could be more comfortable"

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Not happy with the 4 cyl engine. Acceleration is very good but engine idle, exhaust, and acceleration sounds too much like a 4 cyl and not enough like a BMW."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Controls for audio are not intuitive. My only real complaint for vehicle."

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Front seats are multi-adjustable and thigh support extension is wonderful for long trips. Climate controls are easy to understand for both driver and passenger."

JOE O., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great lumbar support."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has great acceleration and it's a 4 cylinder."

MARY S., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Have the sport option seats that are great-many adjustments to cradle and support the body. Road noise is terrible. My '99 diesel dully is quieter."

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The ride is very rough especially when hitting a bump or even a small pothole."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"excellent driving quality; great comfort; easy to use controls and perfect blue tooth system"

GERALD R., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"seats too large (leg area) for shorter people, and the ride is a bit slushy compared with prior BMWs for my taste"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"every thing is very good"

BILL W., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"A lot of wind noise."

VINCENT R., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats: Seats are very comfortable. Climate control: Air conditioning is poor in "auto" mode. Has trouble on hot sunny days. Must set temperature to 65 degrees just to keep the car acceptably cool in summer. Fan is noisy. Noise: Car is a little noisy on rougher pavement. Buzzing from steering column shroud. Ride: Ride is way too soft and bouncy for a sport sedan. Too much cabin motion over normal road imperfections. Driver does not feel confident in cornering because of too much body roll. Car ha"

LAWRENCE K., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"~3 years of ownership and a lot of rattles from the interior trim. Automatic climate control unable to be configured once to work well both during the day and at night. Either too warm during the day or too cold at night. Base driver seat lacks enough lumbar support. Rear view mirror and seating position makes it hard for me to see pedestrians on the right side."

ERIC C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Too hot inside the cabin. Too much glass on a black dash."

ROGER A., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Best audio system controls we have ever seen but the car is noisy due in part to the run flat tires and is a little too small for me (6'4", 245 lb) but my 5'4" wife loves it."

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"sunshield gets in the way when I move it to the left side"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"ride and seats are a bit stiff for long distance."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is packed with features. Automatic seat adjustment for driver preferences is amazing, especially since my wife and I both drive this car and we have about 10" difference in out height. The ride is smooth, but you feel engaged with the road at all times. Noise level can be a bit high sometimes on rough highway areas, but quiet car overall."

Sergei K., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats don't remain cool for long. The noise and comfort of the care are excellent."

Marco G., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Truly an outstanding driving machine, the leather seats are very comfortable, there is almost no road noise and the ride is sublime. This may be the nicest car we own."

William G., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW is a great driving car that handles well. The seats, etc. are very comfortable. The road noise (particularly on the side opposite the driver), however, is a bit higher than expected for a high end car."

Tom L., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is quiet and comfortable to ride in and it is a lot of fun."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I purchased a Luxury Line model and the bolsters on the seats are too small. I've since tried a Sport model and those seats are much more comfortable for both normal driving and for sporty driving. I am sorry I purchased the Luxury Line model."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The 3 series is relatively more comfortable in terms of seats, ride quality and noise level compared to our X-3."

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I think it handles oddly and wonder if there is some suspension component that is damaged."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats on the Luxury line are much less comfortable and supportive than Sport."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats wrap around you and support you through quick-paced turns on windy mountain roads. On the highway the suspension and seats make long trips very comfortable."

Mark B., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats have become firm over time. I added a memory foam seat cushion because the seat was making my tailbone hurt"

Joseph T., KS (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Extreme amount of road and wind noise that dealer says can't remedy or is normal"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Fully adjustable with lumbar support"

Gary C., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats in my Luxury model are better for helping avoid sciatica symptoms than my two previous cars. The ride and noise level for a compact car are very good - they ought to be, given the high price!"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are exceptionally well made and comfortable. They are also easy to adjust. One minor issue is that i sometimes have to hold down the seat memory button to make it switch, opposed to touching it once."

Josh K., IN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Standard seats provide great lateral support and great lumbar support."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"only complaint is steering is much too light"

Kenneth L., MI (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All excellent"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats fit body good and allow a feel of the road"

Karl K., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I get a lot of wind noise. Doesn’t seem as nicely sealed as my previous BMWs. Seats are not as comfortable as my previous ones either. Doesn’t seem as well made as BMWs should be"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"annoying rattle behind dash"

Anthony C., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride is nice, probably not as smooth or quiet as I expected."

Steven M., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The only problem I've had with respect to comfort is an occasional rattling from within the driver's door that the dealer has been unable to resolve; otherwise, the comfort is superior."

Mary S., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seat bottoms are flat and uncomfortable in long trips"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Car is not very quiet at highway speeds, both road and wind noise are higher than I'd like. Sport seats are excellent."

James H., DC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great seats and adjustments"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"ride is very comfortable and it is a very quiet ride. Very well composed and great handling."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are little slippery, wind noise level above 60 mph are loud."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The ride is too "floaty" for a performance sedan. Also, it feels as though some bushings or the shocks already need replacement."

David S., NH (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The RFT makes the ride hard and noisy."

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It's noisy and rides very roughly"

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable ride with adjustable suspension. M Spot seats provide very good lateral support."

Anonymous, AE (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats not comfortable on trip longer than 2 hours"

A B., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Noise level is great, ride is compliant but seats tend make the driver warm"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are too firm, and the sport style seat is very uncomfortable. The ride is excellent, and the noise is respectable."

Anonymous, IN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I have a bad back and wish the seats were more like a straight back chair as SUV's have."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Wind noise from rxternal mirrors"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are stiff and not very suitable for a long ride. I expected sporty seats (which these are), but I would have expected sporty and comfort combined and these are not."

Horne T., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable. Roomy backseat, quiet."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW seats are the most comfortable seats we have ever had."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats on base model are not very comfortable. Car is interior noise is loud compared to other cars I've owned"

Brent H., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats adjustments are easy and custom to me"

Mark C., NM (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Best seats overall anywhere"

Mary T., IN (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The standard seats are a little flat, and not as comfortable on long rides as the sport seats I’ve had in other BMWs"

Mark S., CT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable ride but only after the factory run-flat tires were replaced with non run-flats. Seats are reasonably comfortable and interior noise at highway speed is noticeable but within reason."

Steve W., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent ride and comfort."

Edward C., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable for long trips on the interstate. Seats provide good support, A/C, heating and interior lights are great. Road noise can be a problem on some surfaces."

Dennis C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats don't have side bolsters like most BMWs and consequently are not as comfortable. The ride and noise levels are good but the overall sensation does not convey sportiness as past BMWs, despite having a very powerful 3 liter bi-turbo motor (335i)"

Jeffrey C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It is quiet. The ride is smooth and responsive. All seats are comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"ride very bumpy seats are good"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are firm and comfortable, but they are hard to get in and out of, especially when the car is parked at a slight incline. It also feels like they could be higher off the floorboard to facilitate getting in and out a little easier."

Chuck W., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very quiet, good audio, and comfortable seats. Excellent tourer"

Thomas Y., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Sport seats are totally awesome. Adjustable suspension provides great confidence in handling while being super comfortable. It is the ultimate driving machine"

Ralph S., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All three are excellent: very comfortable seat, especially on long drives; low noise level; and very comfortable ride, especially for a performance sedan."

Gordon Z., AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are quite comfortable but lacking adjustable lumbar support. There is a fair bit of road noise as well with the windows up. The overall ride of the car is very good. It is smooth and handles bumps well. If of course, corners very well."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"beautiful car inside + out, comfortable, great handling, top-notch materaials."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"the MSRP for this car is outrageous expensive. However, with all the lease discounts, it came out cheaper than cars costing $10k-$15k less. Definitely a car worth leasing."

GERALD T., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It's expensive and the driving experience in the New York Metropolitan Area isn't worth the price."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"$52,000 for a car with no backup camera, when a $15,000 Chevy Spark has one frustrated me. With BMW, everything is a la carte and can't be dealer installed, so to get a backup camera I would have had to spend thousands more on a whole driver assistance package with sensors I didn't want."

DAVID J., CO (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"safety features, backup camera etc. not standard for a car this expensive"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"best in class there is no better."

JOAN D., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Value is poor; many cheaper, non-luxury brands include as standard features that BMW offers only as options, for example, Bluetooth streaming of music from phone to car. Missing entirely are conveniences like remote start of the car, which is standard on a Honda Civic but completely unavailable on the 328i."

PETER L., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All the great qualities of the 3 series, and the Diesel engine,gives us 40 mpg."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I got a great deal!"

Greg G., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Great value, I do wish the rear cargo area had more capacity but we love this car."

John C., OR (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good value"

Hugh G., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent return on investment"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I felt features such as a back-up camera and navigation system should have been included considering the price and vehicle's level of quality/luxury."

Peter P., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"All extras are expensive, some are worth it like the audio upgrade. You get this car because of its handling and performance."

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The car depreciates very rapidly. I bought the car and should have leased it due to the rapid depreciation."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"The quality of the handling is worse than the 2008 BMW. BMW has regressed. The depreciation is brutal."

Nathan W., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Diesel-powered BMW station wagons may not be popular, but they are wonderful vehicles. Unpopularity translates to exceptional value at purchase."

Philip S., NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The rear hatch on the 335xi GT opens wide and with the rear seat folded down, will accommodate a tremendous amount of cargo."

JOE O., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Body"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Love the look and red color. We have M sport model"

FRANK F., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I've received many compliments from strangers regarding the beautiful styling of the vehicle."

Anonymous, MD (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Sporty style"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I've had the car for over three years and I still love the look of it."

DANIEL N., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Sleek attractive lines"

GARY C., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Super driving experience, we call it nimble...."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I have the GT (hatchback) which is still somewhat unique - different from other cars"

MIKE F., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a really pretty car. Classy."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Just the overall look of the car, plus the ergonomics of the interior. Things are just in the right place to be easy to reach and comfortable to use."

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW 3 Series)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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