What Is It?
2013 BMW 320i
What's Special About It?
Meet the new entry-level 3 Series. The 320i will serve as the most affordable 3er in BMW's lineup, and it does a good job of aping its more expensive brother, the 328i. At least that's what it seemed like for the curiously brief period of time the 320i sat on the floor of BMW's booth at the Detroit auto show. The 320i was present prior to the press conference, and then was nowhere to be found upon its conclusion and thereafter. Weird.
What's also weird is this engine's output. At 180 horsepower, this has to be one of the least powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines produced in the past two decades. Its fuel economy doesn't better that of the 328i, either. Let's hope its 200 pound-feet of torque is available at all engine speeds or something, anything to make sense of its low specific output.
Buyers of the 320i may not care, instead deriving pleasure from the $4,300 saved compared to the 328i.
What Edmunds Says:
A cheaper, weaker 3er. We expect strong sales.
Base Price: $33,445 base including destination
Engine: 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged inline-4
Gearbox: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power: 180 horsepower, 200 pound-feet of torque Fuel
Mileage: 22/34 city/highway (manual); 23/33 city/highway (automatic)