Black on Black 320i with manual 6 speed, Sport, Premium and Driver Assistance packages, plus heated front seats. I've had it for two weeks and less than 500 miles. I traded in a 2013 Honda Accord Sport CVT. The Honda had accumulated some equity in the lease, so it went back 5 months early; the dealer paid it all off (residual and 5 payments) leaving a zero balance against the BMW lease. Impressive for Honda. . In several ways, I miss the Honda: the "infotainment" was better. The BMW does not have a Pandora source in its system. Yes, it will stream music, but you control it from the smartphone, not through the car. Rebound control seemed better than the BMW, especially for the rear. I really liked the CVT. ( I don't like automatic transmissions with gears, so I got the manual BMW.) The BMW gas mileage in suburban traffic seems about the same as the Accord, which was excellent: 26 to 40 mpg. Power seems similar also, but the BMW is MUCH quieter and smoother, so it's hard to tell. The BMW certainly seems to have enough power, but it's not a racer. (I purposely looked for a low-powered BMW to save on traffic tickets, based on past experience with other BMWs. This is the primary reason why the 320i attracted me - it's sensible and well balanced.) But when you consider that the BMW lease payment is just $6 more than the Honda payment (although I did kick in a little cash to cover tax and tags), and that it has far more premium features than the Honda did, not to mention all that comes with the BMW brand, The BMW Club, you see the advantage. I'm looking forward to "growing into" the BMW as it breaks in. ONE YEAR LATER: After 14,000 miles, I wouldn't change much about what I wrote previously. However, this car is GOOD on gas. 33-36 around suburbia, and 42 at 70 MPH on cruise, over a 150 mile trip. I've done that trip several times. There are no rattles of any kind. It still doesn't seem fast, but high speed cruising (80+) is excellent, when possible and safe. But I still miss the Honda sometimes, and probably will take another look at that brand in two more years. If I ever get another BMW, I probably won't choose to get the sport seats - they make getting into the car more difficult than it needs to be. This car is a 2015 model. Handling is good, not not appreciably better in feel than my old Accord. I'm sure that if put on a racetrack, the BMW would go around faster than the Accord, but in daily driving, they feel nearly the same. I understand there were some suspension improvements on the 2016. At 20000 miles, I put on Michelin pilot sport as 3 plus non run flat tires. I saved the old continental run flats to put back on for lease end. They have plenty of tread. With the michelins, it's like going from square to round to put it simply. What a difference. If I do get a flat, I have an inexpensive can of Slime and a compressor. If I ever get another car with summer run flat tires, I'll make this change in week one. Otherwise I stand by my previous comments. 27000 Miles: I also have a 1997 Z3 that I have renovated. Lately, I'm choosing to drive it over the 320i. It just drives better even though it uses a lot more gas. I'm looking forward to the end of the 320i lease so that I can find another used BMW to fix up. Still, the 320 is a great car for long trips. 35000 miles: Ditto the last comments above. It?s an excellent car that feels like it would last another 20 years with no problem. I?m wondering about my lease mileage choice (15,000/year). I have 6 months left to drive 10,000 miles. Either I set off across the country, or turn the car in with significant unused miles. I tried out a 2018 Accord. If I do get a new car, that will be it. Looking at residual value, this 320i would cost $24,999 to buy. It does have special equipment, but similar 320?s are already available for $23,000 full retail price, and with less mileage. That?s the same price range as a brand new Accord Sport. I think Ill just use the Z3 as my daily driver for a while, or pick up a used 8-10 year old Bimmer for $ mid-teens. The brand does still have exclusivity.
Ok, i'll start off first with the pros. The car is F.A.S.T! If I need to get around someone on the freeway, I barely even touch the gas pedal, and i'm in front of them. The gas mileage is great, considering I have a lead foot (average freeway speed is 80 mph). Also, the seats are the most comfortable seats I have a had in a luxury car. And trust me, all my life I have owned luxury vehicles (Range Rovers, other BMWs, Mercedes, and even Audis). The iDrive is AMAZING! I owned the 2007 BMW 750Li when it came out, and holy crap did the iDrive suck! It great now! Now the cons. Resale value is horrible! My Range Rover was a 2009 HSE Sport and I sold it in 2011 and got 35k for it! I already checked the BlueBook value for my 335Xi and its already down to 40k! Ughh! When you start the car, it sounds like a crazy diesel motor for a second! Coming back to a pro though, the drive is so smooth compared to my old 2010 Mercedes 350 Sport! The car has the smoothest suspension I have ever dealt with! And heading back to cons, the rear seats aren't that comfortable if you don't have the heated rear seats option (I do but my friend has a 2014 328Xi with no heated rear seats). And my god, the navigation has sent me to more dead ends then I care to recall. Thats about all my issues I have with it for now. I recommend buying one for sure! Good luck!
I downgraded power from a 2011 328i sedan to a 2015 320i sedan. Not much is lost with the power for the price. The 2015 320i is more of a comfortable ride and the interior styling is very luxurious. I think for the price the 320 beats the 328 and the power is still there with the turbo added.
This car has met or exceeded my expectations in every category. It provides outstanding performance, excellence MPG (38 mpg on first trip of 55, 65 and 70 mph while in comfort mode), the navigation system is excellence, blue tooth setup and streaming is perfect, seats are very comfortable, and the styling continues to be one of the most beautiful on the road. If you are looking for a entry level sport sedan that does everything well while maintaining the right balance between performance and luxury, you can not go wrong with the 2015 BMW 3 series. This vehicle is a blast to drive, while at the same time providing all the technology and creature comforts any one could desire!
I am on my 21st BMW. Having lived in Germany for a decade, all I did was fix up and drive BMWs, Mercedes, and Porsches. My current BMW is an 06 330i for which I was seeking a newer replacement. Since 2012, the 3 series has went to electronic steering. The car no longer transmits "road feel". If you push it in a corner, it no longer feeds the driver input that makes a sports car a sports car--it doesn't matter what mode (sports, comfort, etc it is set in) The brakes have a regeneratative feature that makes them clunky--they have lost their ability for the driver to modulate them--just like the steering. The engine exhaust note is lacking, especially when the biturbo is kicked in. It kind of sounds like a metal trash can with some marbles rolling around in it--when you get deep into the throttle, the 300hp being unleashed should have a growl and not sound like a muffled trash can with marbles. The rest of the car is classic BMW, the ergonomics are what has made the 3 series a Road and Track and Motor Trend car of the year winner in its class since its production--that has not changed. It has beautiful lines, beautiful interior appointments, and another 80 more horsepower than my current 06. One of the new technology enhancement I like is the heads up display--it also has simplified GPS info--only the turn in so many miles/ft--just what is needed on the windshield--the rest is still on the main display. Overall, I won't be buying. I could change the exhaust--but I can't change the brakes or steering which are so important to a sports car feel. BMW has tried to have an appeal to a broader audience and has left its enthusiast drivers sort of wanting more. This Ultimate Driving Machine has now been tamed and is now just a normal driving machine with sleek body lines and a little more hp under the hood.