2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for April 2017
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
We're in the home stretch of our yearlong test of the 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. It has already surpassed its 20,000-mile goal, so in the month of April our 3 Series was used mostly for mundane duties such as commuting and local errands.
That's not always a bad thing, however, as all those hours behind the wheel gives our editors plenty of time to think twice about how the 3 Series measures up to its current competition. As you'll see in the following comments, this BMW still delivers the kind of performance that impresses even the most experienced drivers.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
There's no change in the stats we've been collecting for the last 11 months, even after adding another 1,136 miles to the tally. All things considered, our 340i is living up to expectations.
Average lifetime mpg: 23.9
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (22 city/32 highway)
Best fill mpg: 34.6
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 23,000 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
A sidewall bubble was spotted by one of our drivers, prompting a replacement of both front tires. After labor, alignment and fees, it set us back $897.59. That would've been the end of the story, but a disappointing service experience deserved a more detailed post.
"Love the way this car pours down the road at higher speeds. Sticks to the pavement and imparts a sense of complete confidence to the driver. The whole Ultimate Driving Machine thing has been called into question by some of BMW's recent models, but that essence lives on in our 340i. You can feel it." — Josh Sadlier, content strategist
"How have I not driven this yet in the 22,000 miles we've had it? New engine: Cool. Suspension and steering enhancements: Great, but I can't claim to be deep enough BMW aficionado to notice. All-wheel drive: Wish I'd made an effort to take it in some local snow this winter, put the four wheels and the rear-seat pass-through to the test." — Dan Frio, automotive editor
"What stands out, to me anyway, is the difference between Comfort and Sport modes. They're two different cars. Comfort mode could be called 'EPA mode' for its soft pedal, lazy throttle response and rapid upshifts. Sport is where it's at. Throttle feels snappy, transmission hangs onto revs, engine belts out a tough growl. THIS is the stoplight-to-stoplight mode that'll have you saving no gas but spending loads of fun." — Dan Frio
"In Sport+ mode, the stability control gives you just a bit of slip angle before the system snaps you back in line. It's just enough to make me grin, but not so much it scares passengers. Hold the steering and throttle intentionally and you can keep the rear wheels spinning faster than the fronts, but once you lift or begin to straighten out, the nannies come out to help you get back in line." — Mark Takahashi, senior writer
"I haven't driven the new 2017 5 Series yet, but one thing I already like about it is that its taillights are clearly distinct from those of the current 3 Series. I parked the long-term 340i next to a 5 Series from the outgoing F10 generation and had to squint to see the differences. Not just the taillights, actually, but the whole rear ends of the cars. I get the desire for a family resemblance, but this is a bit much, isn't it? There was a time when BMW was pretty much the best at artful differentiation between model lines. Hopefully we'll see a return to that philosophy when the new 3 Series debuts." — Josh Sadlier