Bmw Bmw 3 Series Saloon 320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto

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Head up Display Standard (ex. VAT)
Automatic tailgate operation Standard (ex. VAT)
Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter Standard (ex. VAT)
Bluetooth telephone preparation with USB audio interface with audio streaming Standard (ex. VAT)
Wifi hotspot preparation Standard (ex. VAT)
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Drive recorder Standard (ex. VAT)
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £291.67 (ex. VAT)
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW gesture control Standard (ex. VAT)
Harman/Kardon loud speaker system £683.33 (ex. VAT)
Electric glass sunroof Standard (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
M rear spoiler Standard (ex. VAT)
High beam assistant Standard (ex. VAT)
Adaptive LED Headlights Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Laserlights Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents Standard (ex. VAT)
Sun protection glass £266.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £558.33 (ex. VAT)
Fully electric towbar £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery Standard (ex. VAT)
Electric seat adjustment with memory Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery with contrast stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Heating steering wheel £141.67 (ex. VAT)
Extended storage £162.50 (ex. VAT)
Driver and front passenger lumbar support £220.83 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Parking assistant pack - 3 Series Standard (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack in combination with emergency spare wheel - 3 Series Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack with USB - 3 Series Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Parking assistant plus pack - 3 Series £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Comfort pack - 3 Series Saloon £825.00 (ex. VAT)
Driving assistant professional pack - 3 Series £1041.67 (ex. VAT)
Visibility package - 3 Series Saloon/Touring £1250.00 (ex. VAT)
Premium pack - 3 Series Saloon £1416.67 (ex. VAT)
Technology pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring £1500.00 (ex. VAT)
M Sport plus pack - 3 Series Saloon 320i/318d/320d £1833.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Alpine white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral grey £558.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Black sapphire £558.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Sunset orange £558.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral white £558.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Portimao blue £558.33 (ex. VAT)
M Sport braking system Standard (ex. VAT)
M Seatbelts Standard (ex. VAT)
Comfort access system with smart opener Standard (ex. VAT)
Adaptive M suspension Standard (ex. VAT)
Sensatec instrument panel Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Aluminium tetragon interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Mesh effect aluminium interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Black with grey stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Cognac with mokka stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Fine wood oak grain open pored interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
High gloss fine wood ash grey brown interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
BMW Individual piano black trim £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Piano black interior trim £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Run-flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
18" M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M Standard (ex. VAT)
19" M double spoke bicolour jet black light alloy wheels - Style 791M with mixed tyres and run flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
18" M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M with run flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £158.33 (ex. VAT)
19" BMW individual double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 793 with mixed tyres and run flat tyres £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Front/rear park distance control
BMW Online services
iDrive controller on centre console
Automatic start/stop system
Personal Profile
Variable sport steering
BMW emergency call
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Pesonal profile
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Oil sensor for level and grade
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
Auto start-stop
Condition based service
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
BMW service history
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
DAB tuner
Electronic service booklet
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
Rear wiper
Black roof mouldings
Matt black exterior trim
Dynamic brake lights
M aerodynamic body styling
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
M designation on left and right front side panels
M designation side badges
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Acoustic glazing
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator + bottom segment in matt black
Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
Left and right split exhaust tailpipes
Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Brushed aluminium inserts in the front door sill finishers with BMW designation
Matt black exterior B pillar
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
Extended LED headlights
Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
M designation on front side panels, left and right
Fading support
Anthracite headlining
Front and rear door pockets
Front head restraints
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Front and rear velour floor mats
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Front sports seats
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Ambient lighting
M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Front and rear reading lights
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system
Make-up mirror lights
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Three zone automatic air conditioning
12V power socket in front storage compartment
Gear selection lever with M specific designation
3 spoke M leather steering wheel
Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
Steering column length adjustment lever
2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Centred top Luggage compartment lights
3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
Heated driver and front passenger seats
3 zone automatic air conditioning
Illuminated armrest storage compartment
Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet
M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Anti-lock brake system
Side impact protection
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Brake assist function
Warning triangle and first aid kit
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Dynamic brake control
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Brake energy regeneration
Brake drying
Braking pre-tensioning
Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
2 tone horn
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Variable torque distribution
Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Child proof locking system in rear door
Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Dry braking
Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Vehicle key with M specific designation
Selectable automatic lock when driving away
Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
M sport suspension
Battery cut-out switch
Diesel particulate filter
Electronic differential lock
Larger capacity fuel tank
Incorrect fuelling protection
Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
Stroke dependent dampers
Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
Low rolling resistance tyres
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
CO2 137
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 2068
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 630
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 65.70
Urban 58.90
Extra Urban 70.60
Badge Engine CC 1995
Badge Power 190.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.58
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 6.80
Engine BHP 190.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1455
Engine Torque 400.00
Top Speed 149
Front Tyres 225/45 R18
Rear Tyres 255/40 R18
Spare Tyre RUN FLAT TYRES
Height 1435
Length 4709
Wheel Base 2851
Width 1827
Fuel Tank Size 59.00
Weight 2085
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1455
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The BMW 3 Series is still the definitive mid-sized sports saloon and it sells most strongly in this 320d four cylinder diesel form. The powerplant on offer here now gets sequential twin turbocharging, plus the suspension has been much improved with the addition of clever 'lift-related' dampers. In short, this car's taken a useful step forward.

Background

Think of a really sharp handling relatively compact sports saloon and it's probable that you're thinking of this car, BMW's 3 Series. Over more than four decades, it's dominated the segment it first invented and upwards of 15 million of them have been sold. So of course the company's hopes are high for this seventh generation version. The Munich maker certainly needs this contender to be good. The Bavarian marque used to advertise every car it made as being 'the ultimate driving machine', but that hasn't been a slogan appropriate to many of the SUV-inspired or electrified models the company's brought us in more recent times. And it's also been a difficult mantra to meet as the 3 Series has become larger and heavier over the last few years. It was time for a re-set. The question is whether this 'G20'-series design is good enough to provide it. I tried a 320d variant to find out.

Driving Experience

Much is familiar here; a front engine, rear wheel drive formula with near perfect 50:50 weight distribution has defined the 3 Series to date and this seventh generation model doesn't deviate too far from that script, But also much is different. The company's xDrive 4WD system is more widely available across the line-up including on the 190hp 320d variant we're trying here. And BMW's engineers were given permission to add more of a sporting edge to this 'G20' design, being aided in that quest by this MK7 model line's adoption of the aluminium-rich 'cluster architecture' platform these days used by the brand's larger models. This has provided a platform that's 25% stiffer and it's been a major contributor to weight savings over the previous 'F30'-series model of up to 55kgs. From this optimum starting point, the development team then added in a whole range of handling updates, with the most significant addition being the special so-called 'lift-related' dampers. These clever shock absorbers incorporate structures that provide extra damping at the extremes of wheel travel and are standard on all models, allowing quite a firm sporting set-up to be adopted, but also one able to deliver a fluent ride over tarmac imperfections. Thanks to that, this car's able to combine a set-up for Silverstone with something that works equally well on the North Circular. Upgraded four-cylinder 2.0-litre engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range. The diesel line-up kicks off with the 150hp 318d, but most buyers prefer the 190hp 320d derivative I sampled, which slots into the range just below the 265hp six cylinder 330d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the 318d and 320d diesel variants. Most buyers of these models though will want to pay extra for the 8-speed auto gearbox that's mandatory with all the other engines.

Design and Build

So what have we here? A 3 Series certainly, but one that's clearly evolved, both in style and size. This 'G20'-series seventh generation design is 85mm longer and 16mm wider than its predecessor and features a nose section dominated by a larger and much more imposing take on this car's familiar broad-framed kidney grille. As usual, there's a choice of saloon or Touring estate body styles. Take a seat up front and, for the first time in a 3 Series you're guaranteed the feel of a proper luxury car, even in the lower echelons of the range, surrounded as you are by widescreen, chrome-garnished expensively elegant cabin architecture. The media features will obviously be quite a talking point. The 'M Sport'-trimmed model gets the full 'Live Cockpit Professional' package which gives you a 12.3-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen and a 10.25-inch centre-dash iDrive monitor. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this pricier set-up, including gesture control and what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which works a bit like the 'Siri' or 'Google Assistant' systems you might use on your 'phone and is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. Even the lesser 'Live Cockpit Plus' media package gives you quite a lot, including 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring, though you only get that for a year before you have to pay for it. Many of the various 'ConnectedDrive' digital services are also life-limited before becoming chargeable. Finding the ideal driving position is easy, the redesigned seats are very comfortable and standard features like a rear view camera and a 'Park Assist' auto parking system make town driving easier too.

Market and Model

For this 190hp 320d diesel, pricing starts in saloon form from just under £34,000. That's for a manual model; the optional Sport automatic transmission, which costs £1,690 more. Go for that and you'll be offered the opportunity to spend £1,500 more on xDrive 4WD. And the Touring estate body style costs around £1,500. Add in a few options and your asking price is going to easily start stretching up to around £40,000. There's a choice of 'SE', 'Sport' or 'M Sport' trim. These days, even base 'SE' trim gets you plenty of kit that previously you'd have had to pay extra for on a 3 Series - things like Adaptive full-LED headlamps, a Parking Assistant that automatically steers you into spaces, a reversing camera, acoustic side glass and 3-Zone air conditioning that allows rear passengers to set their own climate. BMW has even standardised its lovely 'Welcome Light Carpet' that illuminates the ground around the front doors when you get into the car or step out of it at night.

Cost of Ownership

In rear-driven manual form, this 320d manages a combined reading of up to 56.5mpg and 115g/km of CO2. Or 55.4mpg and 110g/km as an auto. That equates to a Benefit-in-Kind rating of 31%. To give you some segment perspective, if you were to go for a directly comparable rival Audi A4 40 TDI or Mercedes C220d, you'd do fractionally better with your fuel return, but worse with your CO2 reading; the Audi manages 118g/km, while the Mercedes return is 121g/km. A small advantage certainly, but if it helps to justify the car you really want, it's worth having. Buyers of this 320d opting for the xDrive 4WD package we're trying here don't suffer too much of an efficiency downside either, the figures falling only to 52.3mpg and 119g/km. That's due to the revised xDrive set-up's use of lighter components and a clever electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch that's cut torque losses by 30%. Whichever 320d variant you choose, a touring range of just over 800 miles should be possible. For completion, we'll also give you the figures for the six cylinder diesel variant, the 330d. This manages up to 47.9mpg and 133g/km in rear-driven form, or up to 45.6mpg and 136g/km in xDrive guise.

Summary

At last, we're back to the kind of car that BMW is best at making. We understand why the company has to make SUVs, People Carriers and Electric Vehicles, but it'll lose its soul if it ever stops making models like this one. The most recent previous generation 3 Series designs have dabbled with conformity, but this 'G20' version reasserts this Bavarian maker's dynamic dominance in the mid-sized sports saloon segment. No other rival serves up as deliciously rich a driving experience as this. There are a number of reasons why this seventh generation design has progressed once more in this regard - lighter weight, sequential turbocharging, a stiffer structure; all of it helps. But we reckon the 'lift-related' dampers are a crucial contributor, delivering a balance of ride and handling that no competitor can match. And segment-leading running cost efficiency adds the finishing touch to a classy package. Over the years, the 3 Series has changed a lot about the way we buy cars in this class, continually forcing its rivals to play catch up. This one's no different.