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 have helped this BMW regain some of its sporty driving characteristics, while being one of the roomiest and most fuel-efficient models in this class.
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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

"Excellent driving, much better than SUVs, and excellent mileage"

Anonymous, MD (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"After owning 6 Lexus cars and SUV, the 320i is much more fun to drive. For sporty performance the sport gear is great. In any gear it corners great. Start and stop excellent. Enjoy driving this car A LOT."

Anonymous, GA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"turn radius"

Anonymous, MN (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration and handling. Also like the ability to change driving mode."

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has excellent handling, akin to a sports car, despite being a wagon, yet has outstanding fuel lineage, 45 mpg."

M P., MA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Exceptional handling and fantastic acceleration. WOW!"

Frederick S., AZ (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. One of the fastest suvs on the market. Great for passing slow vehicles."

Anonymous, WI (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration is responsive and the handling is very secure. Going around curves doesn't mean tapping the brake pedal. The car handles the road challenges with comfort and gives us connfidence."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Had an M Series and this car, while not totally close to its performance, comes pretty close especially when considering the price difference!"

Randall G., SC (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Extremely agile and fast, very responsive, great gas mileage."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Great styling; superb navigation system; great fun to drive; excellent navig system"

Anonymous, PA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Very quick with great handling - really fun to drive. The 330 is a big improvement over the 320."

Robert L., CO (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration response and precise maneuverability for a sport wagon or SUV"

Bruce F., MA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"I am so in love with this Black Beauty that it is hard to describe simply one feature but I would say that the speed bumps & pot holes are reduced."

Barbara M., TN (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW has very good power for a 4 cylinder engine and the all wheel drive and suspension provides great handling and stability in all road conditions"

Kenneth S., IA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling seems less rigorous than the 2015 model. It’s a softer ride."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration is excellent when in sport mode."

William D., IL (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Has plenty of torque at both low and highway speeds. Handled well on the Autobahn and country roads."

Anonymous, MA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Navigation on the Heads Up display is very helpful. It's right in front of me, especially good in bad driving conditions."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"big battery is low on floor making the handling amazing. you red-flagged my 95 mpg fuel usage but it is true; i refuel monthly ~8 gallons and drive 1200 miles per month."

Thomas M., CA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is very responsive The good looks inside and outside"

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Surprisingly powerful 4 cylinder engine in a car of this size for passengers and cargo. Very smooth. Outstanding transmission....far superior to Audi it replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Love the way it rides and handles. Could use a touch more torque down low, but that's splitting hairs."

Doug M., IL (2018 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Controls for seat adjustment are easy to use and offer multiple positions."

Anonymous, MN (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Car has less than a 1000 km and there are squeaks, rattles, noises coming from B and C Pillars on both sides. It is unacceptable!"

Abdelhalim B., QC (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are heated, very comfortable, firm. Cabin quiet. Seat adjustments are perfect."

Anonymous, GA (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Spacious comfortable car while preserving the BMW experience of refinement and responsiveness. Very good ride but handles very well when pushed."

Anonymous, MI (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Love this car but after break in period began to experience noise sounded like something was rolling around. Turned out to be something came loose in the roof liner."

Anonymous, MO (2018 BMW 3 Series)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Diesel wagon is an excellent value"

Anonymous, MD (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"The very best of engineering went into the building & production of the BMW. It is a joy to walk out to the garage & see it parked there. The lumbar seats are a dream for anyone with back problems. The stereo system is better. than the one in my "man cave" & is in use while I am driving"

Barbara M., TN (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"A $58000 car should not have squeaks and rattles after 900 km. Comfort and quietness are some of the things I buy luxury vehicles for."

Abdelhalim B., QC (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Received more than expected for the price I paid!"

Randall G., SC (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Leased a loaner 330i and got a great deal on a fantastic car"

Tyler G., FL (2018 BMW 3 Series)

"Dealer offered substantial discounts - made the purchase very reasonable. Would have liked to factory order but was concerned about possible tariffs."

Robert L., CO (2018 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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