BMW 320 Review & Ratings
- 5 April 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
There are a number of vehicles included in BMW’s 3 Series, including the 320, which was built with an M10 four-cylinder engine with a Solex 2-barrel downdraft carburetor with 109 bhp and 111 PS. The BMW E21 is the official name given for the first BMW 3 Series compact executive car and it had a profound effect when it came to influencing the 320’s overall design as well as some of its mechanics. In 1977 the four-cylinder engine that this vehicle used was replaced with the 320/6 which was essentially a two liter version of the M20 engine.
In 1977 the Group 5 version of the BMW 320 was introduced, replacing the BMW 3.0 CSL that was all but forgotten by that time. The 320 is current available in two different trims, including the i 4-door rear-wheel drive sedan and the i xDrive 4-door all-wheel drive sedan. The i xDrive is one of BMW’s best sellers and features 180 bhp engine with a cargo capacity of 13.0 cubic feet. This vehicle seats a total of five people and gets 23 mph in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The xDrive is definitely considered to be a safe car with a number of features, including front-impact airbags, side impact airbags, pretensioners, knee airbags, overhead airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a state-of-the-art security system. This vehicle was definitely a step in another direction for BMW and sales have been steadily increasing throughout the years along with consumer confidence and interest in their products. The entire 3 Series offers a sporty design and incredible performance that few other luxury cars can deliver. This particular vehicle offers an affordable entry-level sedan to those who want to keep things simple while still having some bells and whistles in their car.
The i 4-door rear-wheel drive 320 sedan has an engine with a horsepower of 180 bhp and a cargo capacity of 13.0 cubic feet, which is the same as its counterpart. This vehicle can also seat 5 passengers and gets the same gas mileage as the xDrive, but it has a rear-wheel desiogn. There are all of the same safety features on this vehicle, making it an ideal choice for families as well as individuals who want to reduce their chance of serious injury in the event of an accident.
The 320/6 featured a brand new 6-cylinder engine, which was the M20 2.0 liter as well as a Solex 4-barrel downdraft carburetor which effectively replaced the 320/4. Then there came the 320is in 1980, offering Recaro seats as well as a limited-slip differential, a rear anti-roll bar, larger-diameter front antiroll bar, a special front air dam, and a 3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather. The 323i featured an M20 and Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection and this vehicle was by far the top of the line at the time, boasting a 143 bhp engine with four-disc powered assisted brakes and a number of options, including power steering and a 5-speed close-ratio sport gearbox.
Throughout the years there have been a number of variants of the BMW 320 in the USA alone, with the headlights being one of the few features that typically did not remain the same. The 320i, however, was very different in the U.S than in Europe with lots of things that were not the same from one country to the next. Department of Transportation safety regulations in the U.S demanded larger bumpers on these vehicles, so BMW was forced to add them. Overall though, this vehicle is a safe and classic choice for those who want a classy and sophisticated ride.