ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001.
BMW took some of the best aspects of the last 3 Series—its sharp handling, responsive drivetrain, and comfortable seats—and ratcheted them up half a notch with the revamped 2019 model. But it makes even bigger strides in terms of fuel economy, infotainment features, and standard advanced safety systems. As such, it continues to be one of the best sports sedans available.
The drivetrain in our 330i xDrive (all-wheel drive) test car is nearly without fault. The four-cylinder turbo engine delivers plenty of punch and the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. It leaves from a stop without any turbo- or transmission-related delays, delivering more than enough get-up-and-go for any situation, highlighted by its dash from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. Even with its strong acceleration, the 330i returned 29 mpg overall on premium fuel in our testing, making it the most efficient offering in the luxury compact sedan class.