After around seven years, BMW is relaunching the Group's most important series. The new 3 Series can do almost anything better than its predecessor. And he understands you - almost.
When BMW renews the three-series, “evolution before revolution” generally applies. The 20-series new edition, which goes by the name of G3, fulfills this criterion, but can still be clearly distinguished from its predecessor. Above all, the dashing headlights, together with the contoured BMW kidney grille, ensure a healthy dose of futurism. And the two-tone taillights make the new three look cool and technical. The BMW dealer writes at least 37.850 euros for the 318d with 110 kW / 150 PS on the invoice. The 320i costs 39.950 euros (134 kW / 184 hp).
BMW has made the 190 kW / 258 PS, the 330 kW / 44.750 PS, significantly more powerful for the first test drives, but up to a tenth just as economical 3i. This has a base price of XNUMX Euro, especially since it is only delivered from the more well-equipped "Advantage" line. However, not a single XNUMXer rolls poorly off the assembly line. The most important assistants such as autonomous braking or pedestrian detection, Bluetooth hands-free system, LED headlights, automatic climate control and cruise control are always there.
The slightly rough tone of the four-cylinder goes through as sporty, with increasing speed the turbo becomes throaty. Does he have four or six pots now? Honestly, without reading the datasheet, judging would be damn difficult. Developer Michael Rath winks with a wink that his specialists are helping out with an active sound system, but he also claims that the sound will not be distorted in any way. You only intervene in a supportive manner and strengthen the pitch. The result can be heard. But not only that. The two-liter is really great on the gas, lets the rear-wheel-drive 1,5-Tonner march powerfully with the eight-speed converter machine at the command of the right foot. Anyone who has read the factory specification of 5,8 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h beforehand is hardly surprised that it is pressed into the lush, comfortable seats. The sporty chassis allows dynamic romping around without being shaken on bumps. Anyone who has buying intentions and plans to spend a long time with the Bavarian middle class should definitely pay attention to the different suspension and rim configurations that can affect dynamics and comfort.
A second round with the 140 kW / 190 PS strong diesel makes it clear: This is the more functional of the two. The diesel can only be identified shortly after a cold start, after which it convinces with the best manners; lets the threesome confidently surf on the torque shaft (400 Nm) and does not unduly bother the automatic, which also has eight speed levels, with shifting requirements.
The fathers of the sedan with a slight increase in width and four centimeters more wheelbase took into account the space available. A quick look at the instrument cluster shows that modern times are coming - here you can say goodbye to the old world and mechanical display needles for an extra charge and instead set up a place somewhere between speed and speed for the personally most important on-board computer data.
When it comes to driver assistance, the new three is at the forefront. The machine can do just about anything - intelligently braking and accelerating, steering and warning - the full program. The car will soon also cover 50 meters automatically and will remember the last meters driven forward. This makes sense, for example, if you have maneuvered yourself into a difficult constriction. It's no news that you can now speak to your BMW. However, the system can now logically combine if you tell it human needs. It would be conceivable to find the nearest restaurants if you verbally express hunger. But that doesn't always work out the way you would like it to. Soothing news that everything is not perfect on this vehicle either.
BMW 3 series - brief description:
Why: Because it is a subtly sporty sedan with guaranteed driving pleasure
Why not: Because the offer does not fit into every budget
What else: Mercedes C-Class, Jaguar XE, Alfa Giulia, Volkswagen Passat, Volvo 60 series, Audi A4
What is still to come: for example a hybrid version coming soon
When: 9. March