The 2018 BMW 3 Series is the brand’s compact luxury sedan, and one of the top-selling luxury branded vehicles. The 3 Series has traditionally been a sporty car, however over the generations BMW has begun to prioritize a smooth and quiet ride over edge-of-the-seat performance. That means that the basic 3 Series of 2018 isn’t quite as special as the 3 Series of 1998 for driving enthusiasts. However, the 3 Series is a very well-rounded car that’s available in a variety of trims, some of which recapture a bit of its old glory. Engine options include two four-cylinders, both of which are fuel-efficient and smooth, and the lovely, buttery-smooth inline-six. Pricing starts at an MSRP of $34,900 and the 3 Series is available in sedan, wagon and hatchback (called “Gran Turismo”).
Pros: Available Turbine-Smooth Inline 6, Fuel-Efficient Engines Including Diesel & Hybrid, Solid Construction, Comfortable Ride, Available AWD,
Cons: Somewhat Boring Design Inside & Out, Lacks Handling Sharpness In Most Trims, Can Get Expensive
Looks Best In: Mediterranean Blue exterior/Cognac interior
Competition: Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS
Summary: If looking for a 3 Series that resembles its predecessors, go with the 330i or 340i and select the M Sport Design package. For those shoppers just looking for something a bit nicer than an Accord or Camry, the 320i will suffice. The diesel and hybrid models are options for shoppers looking for a thrifty premium car.
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