Adults should find enough headroom and legroom for short trips. The controls are generally logical and easy to use, but we still struggled to do simple things like change the radio station and store presets. While some may find the ride a tad too taut — particularly when fitted with the optional Sport Package — we think the handling advantages more than offset any minor comfort tradeoff. The Moves The 230-horsepower 328i moves more capably from stoplights than its mere 200 pounds-feet of torque would suggest. The 3-Series makes sure no consumer is left behind by offering four body styles, three engines, and both rear- and xDrive all-wheel drive. Both are a little bit quirky. The study is based on more than 90 vehicle attributes in 10 categories, from exterior, to seats, to heating and ventilation in over 20 vehicle segments.
The power front seats — optional on most 328i variants and standard elsewhere — have exceptional adjustment range, but taller drivers may find headroom tight. Failed to get data, please try again. Standard equipment on the 3-Series is generous, with stability and traction controls, xenon adaptive headlights, power heated mirrors, a tire pressure monitor, dynamic cruise control, automatic tri-zone climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, side seat-mounted and curtain air bags and power windows and locks. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and dual front and side-impact airbags.
Optional Active Steering This high-tech adjunct to the standard power steering varies the effective turning ratio to correspond with vehicle velocity, making it easier to maneuver at low speeds while enhancing stability under freeway cruising conditions. Historically, the 3 Series is among the industry leaders in resale value, besting the , , Infiniti G37 and. Let's hope it makes its way elsewhere. The six-speed automatic that's optional on the 335i is different from the automatic in the 328i, so it might suffer from fewer glitches; I've driven only the stick-shift 335i. If you prefer a suspension tuned more towards ride comfort than control, want a rear seat with lots of legroom or need a spacious trunk, the 3 Series may be less attractive than some of its European or Japanese competitors — although the Sports Wagon does offer impressive cargo room even with the rear seat up.
The Sport Package nets tauter suspension, sport seats and 17-inch wheels and tires. It's worth noting that the roof loses quite a bit of volume when the top is stowed - but that's nothing unusual for the class. With just a hint of understeer at the limits, the 335i displays a degree of balance that had me grinning. The coupe and wagon have not been tested, and both have different-enough body structures that the sedan's crash-test ratings cannot apply. With a monthly circulation of over 1 million each month, Car and Driver is one of the top national automotive magazines. Other available features include iDrive and a navigation system, the automatic transmission, xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and various sport packages. The convertibles add memory to the mirrors and power to the seats.
The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012. Now in its fourth generation, the 3-Series Convertible has become ubiquitous with well-heeled sun worshippers coast-to-coast and even in between. Data Unavailable Second Leg Room in. Data Unavailable Third Hip Room in. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Fortified with abundant power and torque, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, in either body style and with either transmission, are plenty fast from zero to 60 mph and easily capable of coping with any kind of traffic situation.
Upshifts and downshifts are relatively smooth, though the latter are rarely needed. Offering as close to flawless a driving experience as you'll find in this class, the 335i Convertible sets the dynamics and packaging benchmark yet again. The fastest way to find information on a particular topic or item is by using index, refer, we have tried to make all information, find specific topics is to refer detailed, index at the back of the manual. Generating a massive 425 pound-feet of torque, the 335d can sprint to 60 miles per hour in six seconds and is reported to achieve around 36 miles per gallon during highway driving. We just can't wait to spend a little time with the new six-cylinder. I've grown tired of the muscle needed to park a 3 Series. Data Unavailable Front Leg Room in.
The wagon also has roof rails for extra cargo-toting flexibility. Only vehicles that have been substantially changed from the previous year and the past year's 10 best winners and are priced below 2. The car has amazing acceleration coming from the 300 hp 3. The 3 Series comes in 328i and 335i variants, with normally aspirated and turbocharged six-cylinder engines, respectively. The lightweight powerplant generates 414 horsepower and spins up to 8,400 rpm.
If all-out punch is what you want, the 335i delivers more of it at any speed than its competitors. City drivers should also take note: xDrive increases the 3 Series' turning circle from a relatively tight 36. There's also a high-performance V-8-powered M3 and a diesel 335d; we cover the M3 on Cars. Remedy Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The magazine sometimes selects a specific trim and other times a whole family of vehicles.
It's a conservative design that takes few risks, even in coupe form — unusual restraint from an automaker responsible for the more controversial prior-generation 7 Series, the outgoing 5 Series and the current X6. Drop the top and you'll notice ever the faintest scuttle shake primarily evidenced by a rearview mirror that doesn't especially like to stay still. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536. Now about midway through its life cycle, the E90 3-Series platform has garnered critical acclaim from nearly every outlet - including Leftlane, as we discovered last year when we sampled a four-door 335i sedan. Last year's update brought with it revised front and rear fascias as well as new head and tail lamps, which subtly keep the design fresh. Convertibles add front knee airbags and head extensions for the side-impact airbags, while the coupe, sedan and wagon have two-row side curtain airbags. After a few miles with some shifting to get used to it most drivers will settle into a good rhythm.