Note: This review also applies to the 2013 BMW 3 Series as no major changes were made since the 2012 BMW 3 Series.
This 2012 BMW 3 Series video review includes information primarily about the 328i and 335i sedan, wagon, coupe and hardtop convertible. We discuss power, fuel economy, price, interior comfort and technology features like iDrive. We also compare it to other luxury sport sedans.
The BMW 3 Series is always popular with consumers, and it's one of our favorite entry-level luxury sedans, too. It's known for its premium interior furnishings, sporty driving experience and strong resale value.
Pricing starts in the mid-$30,000s and tops out above $60,000. A well-optioned 328i sedan like the one featured in the video lands in the $40,000s. This is a compact car, but adults will fit pretty well in the backseat. The sedan, which is more recently redesigned than the other body styles, gives you a little more room. Trunk space is generous; if you need more capacity, there's always the wagon.
There's nothing over-the-top about the cabin, but everything's very well built and classic styling elements, like the gauges, will be familiar if you've owned a BMW before. Most models come standard with simulated leather upholstery known as leatherette ... the real thing is optional.
There's plenty of technology, too, including the optional iDrive system which combines audio and navigation functions. It's a user-friendly interface, and you won't have much trouble pairing your phone or entering destinations. Really, our only gripe about the interior is the limited storage space. The 3 Series sedan hasn't been crash-tested, but the Insurance Institute gave the other models a Good rating.
This BMW 328i sedan has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's ideal for most buyers. Not only is the car very quick, it gets outstanding fuel economy. It's rated 24 city/36 highway mpg with an automatic transmission.
If you're really into performance, you'll want to look at one of the 335i models, which have a 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. You can expect lower mpg: 23/33 on the sedan and just 18/28 on the coupe and convertible, which use an older transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on some models.
Even if you're not really into driving, you can't help but notice how well this BMW 3 Series handles. The smooth ride keeps commuters happy, too, and that's what keeps people coming back year after year. Of course, you'll want to try the competition, too, including the Audi A4, Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.