2016 BMW 340i: A Better Handle on Door Design
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on September 23, 2016
If there was one thing I didn't like about getting into our old long-term BMW M235i, it was closing the door. With the significant length and weight of the door plus the odd placement of the grab handle, it was like having a door knob mounted on the same side as the hinges.
Thankfully, the same design miscues don't apply to our current 2016 BMW 340i.
This design better suits the shorter and lighter sedan door in terms of mechanical leverage. The handle is located closer to the door's center, and it's easy to reach once you're seated inside. Personally, I find the the 3's handle more aesthetically pleasing, too.
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 5,000 miles