First to the four part of the four-eight pairing. You've got to put it in Sport every time you start it to get the experience you expect from a 3 Series. I fuel up once a fortnight and get around 700-750kms on average. Unfortunately, the one in our 328i is obstreperous. Prioritizing luxury over sportiness has dulled its edge slightly, but the compromise is understandable. I know it has precedence and all that, but as someone who used to have a poster of an E46 M3 on my wall, to me the inline-six has always been synonymous with the 3 Series. Redesigned from the ground up, the newest 3 series boasts more power, refinement, and economy.
Even with all the nannies fully off, it gives up just a bit of progressive understeer or oversteer, but nothing wild or unexpected. And when you're not concerning yourself with surrounding traffic or scenery, you'll enjoy the comfortable access, relatively clean layout, informative instrumentation and high-quality materials. While near the end of its product cycle, the 3 Series received a number of visual and functional updates in 2011. The Sport setting is notably firmer than Comfort, but not as punishing as early examples of this technology. An Automatic Air Recirculation helps improve airflow at lower speeds, while the automatic climate control system includes three different modes, including a 'Convertible' mode designed for when the roof is open.
Both of these engines are smooth and free-revving, and they work well either with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the available 8-speed automatic. We installed Bridgestone Blizzak tires to roll confidently through the winter months. As good as the 3 Series is, it's not for everyone. The car even has a proper hand brake. This car is in excellent condition throughout, meticulously maintained and always garaged. This should surprise no one.
In place of the center position in coupe and convertible models, there's a larger center console along with storage bins, air vents and footwell lights. Even with the optional adaptive sport suspension, the new 3 Series is softly damped and feels a little bouncy, especially in the nose. Not counting the installation and removal of winter tires, we made four additional stops for service. Our old 328i's base seat and steering wheel aren't as comfortable as this new car's sport-package setup, but all of its interior materials feel a full class more expensive than the new car's. Privacy is provided in the form of dark tint all around and retractable integrated sunshades in the back doors and rear windows.
Each is an option package with its own interior theme and exterior cosmetic tweaks. The interior has been dressed in black from top to bottom with woodgrain and matte silver accents. And having driven the X1 with both the four and the six, I didn't think the four-cylinder engine was right for the 3 Series. What the numbers don't tell you is just how good it is to drive. Its platform, designated F30, debuted for 2012. Wagons are now only offered in 328i and 328ix models.
It's a good car in general, as well. That certainly isn't due to a lack of power, because as we've established, this car has plenty of it and will happily roast the rear tires if you want. After owning five 3-series over a lengthy period, this staff member expects to wait for improvements before considering a sixth for his garage. Hello and welcome to Saabkyle04! Steering and handling remain 3-Series strengths. What's more, the 328i actually pulls slightly higher g's around the skidpad than the E36 M3 at 0. To a purist, that's heresy.
Since all control efforts—clutch, brake, and throttle—are keyed to the steering, the new 3-series always feels light to the touch. First, the nameplate that everyone once loved is still amazing but no longer as universally adored, and a lot of people are wondering why. Voice Command allows voice input. Also has a 16 speaker harman kardon sound system that has a sub under each front seat for bass. Our initial test results were a mixed bag. The controls are well-laid-out and neither cluttered nor lacking in features.
Others found the on-center precision adequate but deemed the absence of effort off-center and the overall feedback wholly disappointing. The 328i has been given a new base engine for 2012. The new Three's extra length pays off in a roomier back seat. Will the F30 extract itself from the shallow hole some of us feel it has dug and prove its superiority over the months and miles remaining? Despite lapping the track under a steady rain, the 328i is surefooted in braking and through the corners. The wheelbase is extended by nearly 2 in. Very sad to let this go but i need to upgrade to a 4wd.
Driving a previous-generation 328 hammered the point home, illustrating how the 3 Series has switched from being a sport sedan with some luxury bits to a luxury sedan with a Sport setting. This compact package of shrewdly engineered fun and function has won our affection through five generations over the past 35 years. Testing, Testing, 3, 3, 3 A day at the test track revealed that this long-term 328i fits neatly between and the aforementioned 328i automatic that beat an Audi, an Infiniti, a Mercedes, and a Volvo a short time later. At the end of the day, there really isn't anything this car does poorly. The 335d is only paired with a 6-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive, and returns a very impressive 23 mpg city, 36 highway. It also has a full service history.
It doesn't flop over or roll in -- it just leans smoothly and quickly, planting its tires on the ground and delivering almost perfectly neutral handling. Is that trade-off worth it? The laziest setting also dials in fuel-saving throttle response and will coach the driver to improve his or her driving style for max economy. And so it has always been. Thank you Show more Show less Seller Location. An automatic transmission is now a no-cost option across the line and the M-sport package is now cheaper. No amount of turning the car off and on would fix them, and they come on automatically every time reverse was engaged.