Few cars are able to serve the gods of comfort and sportiness, as well as the BMW 3 Series 2023 sedan. This long-time favorite can be equipped as a sports sedan with a carving at the corners or a well-equipped luxury car – or a combination of both. Its three available turbocharged transmissions deftly follow the line between power and polishing. The entry-level 330i and plug-in hybrid 330e offer impressive performance while saving above-average fuel, while the in-line turbocharged six in the top-of-the-line M340i features 382 of the largest and strongest horses on this side of the Bavarian Alps. The 3rd series has no style Alfa Romeo Giulia or a list of useful features Genesis G70but it is so well-rounded, sporty and attractive driving that it stands at the very top of our segment’s rankings.

What’s new in 2023?

BMW’s quintessential sports sedan by 2023 will receive a technological transformation that includes an updated exterior style and a spectacular new all-digital dashboard. A close look will note that this same monolithic display, which occupies two-thirds of the 3 Series dashboard, has the same design as the 7 Series flagship SUV and the iX electric SUV. The screen wall works with the BMW iDrive 8 interface and includes standard navigation, a voice assistant and a 5G Wi-Fi access point.

Prices and which to buy

$ 43,000 (approximately)


$ 44,000 (approximately)


$ 56,000 (approximately)

We would have chosen the four-cylinder turbocharged 330i for its amazing power and agility. We would equip our example with the M Sport package, which brings additional features, unique style details and a customized suspension. With it, we choose the Premium package, which includes passive hands-free entry, display manifestations, heated steering wheel and more. We would also like to use the Dynamic Handling package, which optimizes the dynamics of the sedan with adaptive shock absorbers and upgraded brakes – and makes it closer to the memorable 3rd Series sedans of the past.

Engine, transmission and performance

The 3-Series offers two smooth and powerful gas engines. The 330i is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 2.0-liter 4-cylinder supercharger that produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and acts as if it has even more power. The M340i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six and a 48-volt hybrid system; total production is 382 ponies and 369 pound-feet. The built-in hybrid 330e combines a 2.0-liter turbo engine with an electric motor that together generates 288 horsepower and 310 pound-feet. The plug-in power transmission offers a harmonious relationship between gas and electrical cells, and we like the Xtraboost feature, which provides a surge of power that feels like a small shot of nitrogen. Each transmission is mated to a telepathic and exceptionally smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive. You can drive all four wheels for the price, but no money will give you a manual transmission. Buyers can choose between several suspension settings for 3: basic equipment, tighter tuning M Sport or Dynamic Handling package with adaptive shock absorbers. The four-cylinder Bimmer has proven itself win a comparative test against other sports sedans. We appreciated his ability to move from relaxed and refined to sharp and playful. The 330i has also secured a place at the top of its class, ripping off the chic Alfa Romeo Giulia y comparison of two cars. Ours long-term M340i even more indicative of the return of the sign in shape, with its six-cylinder six-cylinder and excellent body control.

Fuel economy and real miles per gallon

The EPA estimates the four-cylinder 330i will earn up to 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The more powerful six-cylinder M340i has ratings that reach 23 mph in the city and 32 on the highway. The rear-wheel drive hybrid variant has a combined estimate of 28 miles per gallon and a fully electric range of 23 miles. Both figures are reduced by 3 for all-wheel drive PHEV. We tested the 330i rear-wheel drive on our fuel-saving route on the highway at 75 mph, which is part of our extensive testing mode, and saw an impressive 42 miles per gallon. Similarly, we conducted the same test with the all-wheel drive M340i, which earned 33 miles per gallon. For more information on the 3rd Series fuel economy, visit the page EPA website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

Inside 3 has a modern design complete with excellent materials and impressive build quality. Inside the 3rd series nothing looks cheap and the controls are well placed. Standard sports seats are well fortified and supported, and they offer wide adjustments so it’s easy to adjust. Additional car contents include detailed display displays, customizable interior lighting, heated front and rear seats, remote start and wireless charging. In the 3rd series is a large trunk with an accessible deck cover with electric drive. With 17 cubic feet of cargo space, the gas sedan can hold six hand luggage and a total of 17 with the rear row folded. For comparison, Art Mercedes-Benz C300 the sedan kept one suitcase less both in tests and in Alfa Romeo Giulia can accommodate five and 15 respectively. The 330e has less space in the trunk (13 cc) due to the battery and we didn’t check its hand luggage capacity.

Infotainment program and communication

Combined into a single panel, the 12.3-inch display and 14.9-inch infotainment display gently float above the 3rd Series dashboard. High-resolution displays look great and are readable even in direct sunlight. BMW’s iDrive 8 interface is fast and easy to navigate. Many features are standard, including dashboard navigation, Apple CarPlay wireless and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio and a 5G Wi-Fi access point; an optional Premium package adds display manifestations. Wireless charging for smartphone as well as Harman / Kardon stereo system available.

Safety and driver assistance functions

BMW is stingy when it comes to standard driver assistance technology, providing only frontal collision warning and automatic emergency braking. However, other features are available. For example, a parking assistance package will practically park the car behind you. For more information on the results of the 3rd series crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning and lane keeping assistance are available
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane centering is available

Warranty coverage and maintenance

BMW’s limited and transmission warranties coincide with those of competitors such as Audi and Mercedes-AMG. It provides longer free service than these two alternatives, however Genesis outperforms BMW with longer warranty periods.

  • The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • The transmission warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Free maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles



BMW 330i xDrive 2019

front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

$ 58,770 (base price: $ 43,245)

16-valve DOHC with turbocharging and intercooling in row 4, aluminum unit and head

122 cc, 1998 cc
255 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
295 lb-ft at 1550 rpm

8-speed automatic with manual switching mode

Suspension (F / R): rack / multi-link
Brakes (F / R): 13.0-inch Ventilation Disc / 13.0-Inch Ventilation Disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza T005 RFT, F: 225 / 40R-19 93Y R: 255 / 35R-19 96Y

Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 185.7 inches
Width: 71.9 inches
Height: 57.0 inches
Passenger volume: 95 cubic feet
Trunk volume: 17 cubic feet
Curb weight: 3709 lbs

C / D
Zero to 60 mph: 5.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.9 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 28.5 sec
Start, 5-60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.2 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.9 sec
Standing ¼ miles: 13.9 seconds at 100 miles per hour
Top speed (limited by regulator): 156 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 feet
Road resistance, 300-foot diameter: 0.89 g

C / D
Observed: 23 mpg

Combined / city / highway: 28/25/34 mph


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