2009 BMW 3 Series - Road Test Specs

2009 BMW 3 Series Diesel

(3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo Diesel 6-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeBMW
Model3 Series
Style335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Base MSRP$44,725
Options on test vehicleSport Package ($2,150 -- includes 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, shadowline trim, sport-tuned suspension, sport steering wheel, sport seats); Beige Dakota Leather ($1,450); Satellite Radio ($595); Heated Front Seats ($500); Comfort Access System ($500); Fold-Down Rear Seats ($475); iPod/USB Adapter ($400); Sport Steering Wheel With Paddles ($100).
As-tested MSRP$50,895
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,993cc (183 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)16.5
Redline (rpm)5,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 4,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)425 @ 1,750
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.17; II: 2.34; III: 1.52; IV: 1.14; V: 0.87; VI: 0.69; R: 3.40; Final Drive: 2.81
Chassis
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.0:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE050A RFT
Tire typeSummer Performance
Tire size, front255/40/R18
Tire size, rear255/35/R18
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front -- 18-by-8.5 inches rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)3.8
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 99.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.91
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.0
@ Full throttle (dB)72.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.0
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsAll those glowing reviews from overseas praising the diesel-powered 3 Series were right. This car will change your mind about diesels. Low-end torque but it also revs to 5,000, gearchanges are a bit slow compared to the gasoline-powered 3, but the map and gears are spot-on for this engine. I dont think the novelty of a high-performance diesel will ever wear off. You must drive this car.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsTypical, excellent BMW brakes that are (artificially) fade-free but always trustworthy. Feels like it could do 109s all day long.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: Again, typical 3 Series goodness with a whiff of understeer on the tires' limits. Good steering feedback and predictable responses. Slalom: I never tire of slalom testing in a BMW (or Porsche) because they do what they're told to do -- just be sure your intent is clear and you stay ahead of it. Moderate turn-in and slowish steering ratio are hallmarks of a non-M, but are still sportier than most. Interesting wheelspin on the exit from all the torque that is still available at 70 mph.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)52
Wind (mph, direction)N/A
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/36 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)29.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.1
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,825
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,804
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51/49
Length (in.)178.2
Width (in.)71.5
Height (in.)55.9
Wheelbase (in.)108.7
Track, front (in.)59.1
Track, rear (in.)59.6
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.5
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12.0
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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