The BMW 3 Series

This year's BMW 3 Series has a sportier look than its predecessor and the most recent safety technology available. With a huge selection of optional features, it is easy to create a sports wagon that fits both your personality and your busy lifestyle. While it does come with a high price tag, in the end, the newest BMW may be the perfect remedy for your ho-hum commute.


What new features are available on the 2019 3-Series?

While the hardware of the newest 3-Series models remains basically the same as the 2018 model, the 2019 offers a completely updated infotainment system. There are two system setups to choose from, both offering a touchscreen and digital instrument display. The standard package has an 8.8-inch touchscreen and a 5.7-inch digital display, while the upgrade comes with a 12.3-inch digital display and a 10.3-inch touchscreen. The upgraded system is also Apple CarPlay compatible, with a built-in wi-fi hotspot, built-in navigation, and two USB ports. It will also feature an enhanced voice command for better usability.


How powerful is the engine?

BMW will offer two engine choices for their newest 3-Series vehicles. First, the 330i, which hits the market first, will be equipped with an upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine. This provides more horsepower and torque than the previous model. With 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, this eight-speed automatic seems anything but standard. The 330i comes with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional. The M340i will make its debut during the summer of 2019. It will use a turbo-6, like the 2018 model, but with an added kick of power. The new engine boasts 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of power, giving it even more strength on the road. According to BMW, the M340i can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.


How does it handle?

Steering is an area where BMW could use some work. While there have been improvements to the steering of the 2019 3-Series, it still comes up short. Attention paid to the underlying kinematics has certainly helped. The 2019 has a marginally quicker steering ratio than the 2018 model and a simple variable-ratio steering that makes it more user-friendly.


Will I be able to afford one?

This much car does not come cheap. The 330i xDrive Sports Wagon starts at $45,000 for the base model. Upgrades quickly raise the already hefty price; the M Sport Package alone brings the price up to almost $50,000. But, in return, you also get the famous BMW reputation for luxury and lasting quality, so it may be well worth it to you.


Does it get good gas mileage?

Fuel economy on the 3-Series is higher than its rivals. The BMW 3-Series 330i xDrive Sports Wagon gets an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The Audi A4 and the Lexus IS each rate 27 mpg/city and 37 mpg/highway.


How much space does it have for passengers and cargo?

While the new 3-Series is slightly larger than its predecessor, this does not translate into more interior room. In fact, passengers in the front lose about two inches of headroom from the 2018 model. Legroom for front-seat riders is 42 inches, while those in the back seat only have about 35.02 inches in the 2019 version. This four-door sports wagon can haul five passengers, leaving 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

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