BMW 3 Series Review & Ratings
- 2 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW 3 Series is classified as a compact executive car and is manufactured by the German-based company BMW. This particular series of cars spans a total of six generations to date as well as five different body styles. The 3 series is BMW’s most popular model vehicle and makes up about 30% of their total sales each year. This car has won a number of awards over the years for its innovative design as well as the number of features it has come with.
BMW is an extremely well-known and reputable German automobile manufacturer, but they are also closely associated with racing. The 3 Series has done a lot to maintain BMW’s reputation with regards to racing for years. The M version of this series first debuted back in 1988. Some of the different vehicles from this series which have spanned six generations include the BMW E21 (1975-1981), the BMW E46 (1999-2004), and the BMW F30, which debuted in 2012. The very first vehicle in the 3 Series was made available to the public in 1975 and was a two-door saloon model with a four-cylinder engine.
Over the years the BMW 3 Series has won multiple awards from publications such as Car and Driver, making their Ten Best list a total of 22 times, starting in 1992 to 2014. This series of vehicles was also named the second-most important performance car built in the last 25 years in Grassroots Motorsports. The 3 Series also received the title of “Best New Sports Sedan” for the E90 in the Canadian Car of the Year awards. There have been numerous magazines and other publications which have recognized the innovative designs of these vehicles over the years, and it currently holds multiple records for the awards it has received.
When it comes to the world of racing, the E36 won the 24 Hours Nurburgring back in 1998, taking the place of the long running M3. Many cars from this series have appeared in the British Touring Car Championship or BTCC as well as a number of other touring car championships and has been called out by officials for having rear-wheel drive, something which has given it an advantage over its many front-wheel drive competitors. The BMW 3 Series is still being used in the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series as well as the Grand American Road Racing Association Series.
There are some noticeable differences between the BMW 3 Series and some of its predecessors, including the fact that these vehicles are a bit larger as well as faster, though they have a lighter design and are significantly more fuel efficient. Today the BMW 3 Series can be purchased in the form of a sedan or a wagon. There are five different models in this series today, including the 3281, 328d, 335i, and the Active Hybrid. While it is true that fuel efficiency varies depending on which model car you look at, they are vastly superior to their predecessors in this regard.
Some of the standard features that come with the basic 320i model include alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and manual front seats. Another special feature that those who purchase this vehicle will be able to enjoy is the iDrive electronics interface which has a 6.5” display. Some of the features on the 328i include power front seats, a sunroof, and xenon headlights. This series from BMW is still their top seller today and continues to be immensely popular with new buyers, partially because of the loads of features they offer and their luxurious overall design.