2016 BMW 3 Series Near Chicago
After Six Generation the 2016 BMW 3 Series Still Sets The Standard
When most people hear BMW’s famed tagline, “the Ultimate Driving Machine”, they point to the 3 Series as the shining example. There’s good reason. Now in its sixth generation, the compact continues to be the benchmark competitors strive to match in the hotly contested luxury sport market.
BMW is not standing still, though. The 3 Series gets some serious updates for the 2016 model year. Ever vehicle in the extensive lineup gets exterior and interior enhancements. Many previous optional items now standard on select trim levels. The equipment packages have been reshuffled. A new engine is available and a plug-in hybrid will be offered later in the year.
The 2016 BMW 3 Series comes in sedan and wagon body styles. The Gran Turismo hatchback, which also bears the 3 Series name, is not covered in this review. The upcoming hybrid is also not discussed.
Shoppers have four trim levels to choose from for the sedan and two with the wagon. Two gas engines and a diesel motor are offered. Those gas engines are specially tuned to their particularly model. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powering the 3 Series 320i is rated at 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. The same engine found in the 328i clocks in at 240 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque.
The same is true with the 3.0-liter inline-6 twin-turbo found underneath the hood of the 3 Series 340i and the M3. The BMW 340i is new for 2016. Output from its engine is 320 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. These figures jump to jaw-dropping 425 and 406 respectively in the performance-oriented M.
Smooth and Quiet Is How The 3 Series Is Described
“The 2016 BMW 3 Series delivers the best all-around driving experience of any compact luxury sport sedan,” notes Edmunds. “The ride is smooth and quiet no matter which driveline, wheels and tires you choose, making the 3 Series a fantastic choice for road trips and local jaunts alike. Power delivery is strong, complemented by benchmark handling and exemplary composure when going around turns.”
Both automatic and manual transmissions are offered for the above engines. The 3 Series comes standard with rear-wheel drive; BMW’s all-wheel drive “xDrive” is available. With such a range of powertrain configurations, fuel economy can vary. 328i models with manual transmission or with xDrive are estimated to get 22 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway per the EPA.* The new 340i comes in at 22 mpg and 33 mpg, respectively, when equipped with an automatic. These figures dip slightly when the sedan’s equipped with the manual transmission and xDrive.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.