Featuring a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine BMW 328i, this year’s 3 series sedan offers up a smoother ride than previous models. While some purists might consider the departure from the 3-liter to be sacrilege, the 328i still boasts 240-horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, and 18.9 psi of boost, and feels like it hasn’t lost anything when compared to the former model’s straight-six. The latest BMW 328i has a more imposing feel on the road than the previous model. With increased dimension in both length and width yet it has actually shed 88 pounds despite its increased presence compared to the outgoing model, and achieves a perfect fifty-fifty weight distribution.
Setting aside performance and luxurious appearance, the BMW 328i also has surprising fuel efficiency. Rated at 23 mpg city, and 34 highway, the six-speed manual transmission boasts a boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model. The optional diesel engine sounds and feels like a gasoline engine, with the added bonus of even lower fuel consumption.
Sport, normal, and economy settings are all available at the flick of a switch for varying experiences through transmission and suspension tweaks. The cabin has also seen a bit of a redesign toward increased space, and accommodates a six-foot tall driver quite comfortably. For the tech-savvy, the cabin includes a 6.5-inch full-color display with USB, Bluetooth, and iDrive compatibility, optional rear-view camera, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Four optional design lines are offered for the new BMW 328i: Sport, Luxury, Modern, and M line, each of which has its own distinct interior trim, from matte chrome in the Luxury line to aluminum with inlayed wood in the Sport line. The base sticker price comes in at just a shade under $35,000, but there are enough optional extras—including hands-free parallel parking and a top notch navigation system–to bring the price notch of $50,000.