BMW

BMW 3 SERIES SALOON SPECIAL EDITIONS 320d xDrive MHT M Sport Pro Edition 4dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2137 g/km

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.

3D BURNER

The BMW 3 Series is at its most competitive in 320d guise. Jonathan Crouch takes a drive.

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.

  • Sun protection glass
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing

  • Dry braking
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake energy regeneration

  • Front and rear velour floor mats

  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Stroke dependent dampers
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes

  • Active guard plus
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Variable sport steering

  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • iDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Recovery system
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • BMW service history
  • Condition based service
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable

  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Black mirror caps

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • 48V Mild hybrid technology

  • Electronic service booklet
  • DAB tuner

  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Black roof mouldings
  • M rear spoiler
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • Body colour door handles
  • Fading support
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right
  • xDrive designation on left tailgate
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • BMW individual lights shadow line
  • BMW Unique paint

  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning

  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 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
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment

  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet

  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring

  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • M Seatbelts
  • 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
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • 2 tone horn
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • 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

  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation

  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
  • xDrive system permanent all-wheel drive variable torque distribution

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 122
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 122
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 137
  • CO2 (g/km): 117
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B47D20O1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.3

  • Generation Mark: 7
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 92572
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport Pro Edition
  • Coin Description: d MHT xDrive
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.8
  • Top Speed: 144
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 791M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
  • Height: 1445
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4709
  • Width: 1827
  • Wheelbase: 2851

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1620
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2205
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 59
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 480
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 585
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12

  • M Sport braking system: Included
  • M Sport brake in high gloss red: £300

  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming: Included
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £350

  • Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter: Included

  • Automatic tailgate operation: £0

  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0
  • BMW Drive recorder: £0

  • BMW Individual high gloss aluminium fabric interior trim: Included
  • Sensatec instrument panel: £0
  • BMW Individual piano black trim: £0

  • Harman/Kardon loud speaker system: £820
  • 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: Included

  • Electric glass sunroof: £950

  • BMW Laserlights: £0
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • Adaptive LED Headlights: Included
  • Preparation for high beam assistant: Included

  • BMW Extended individual merino leather upholstery: £990
  • Vernasca leather upholstery: Included
  • Heating steering wheel: £170
  • Vernasca leather upholstery with contrast stitching: £500

  • Parking assistant pack - 3 Series: Included
  • Parking assistant plus pack - 3 Series: £650
  • Comfort pack - 3 Series Saloon: £990
  • Visibility package - 3 Series Saloon/Touring: £1,500
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 3 Series: £1,250
  • Extended storage pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon: £190
  • Comfort plus pack - 3 Series Saloon: £1,950

  • BMW Unique paint - Tanzanite blue: £0
  • BMW Unique paint - Dravit grey: £0
  • BMW Unique paint - Oxide grey: £0

  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support: £265
  • Electric seat adjustment with memory: £0
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Fully electric towbar: £850

  • BMW Extended individual Merino leather - Black: £990
  • Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching: £500
  • Vernasca leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Cognac with mokka stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0
  • BMW Extended individual Merino leather - Fiona Red/Black: £990
  • BMW Extended individual Merino leather - Ivory White: £990

  • 19" M double spoke jet black light alloy wheels - Style 791M with mixed tyres and run flat tyres: Included
  • 19" M double spoke bicolour jet black light alloy wheels - Style 791M with mixed tyres and run flat tyres: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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