by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
This month marks a full year with our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. Unfortunately there wasn't a party or cake, but we did treat the 340i to an oil and filter change. Hopefully cars get far more enjoyment out of dealer visits for service than owners do.
The 340i accrued just over 1,000 miles this month, in the process providing quiet yet powerful transportation. Editors commented on its seat comfort and debated the value of the powertrain when faced with the constant stop-and-go of the Los Angeles commute. Also, a part of the dash fell off. Again.
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Daily commuting and a weekend road trip made up the bulk of our 2016 BMW 340i's time on the road in March. It's a common mix for a lot of 3 Series owners, we suspect, and this sport sedan handles mundane commutes through the city as well as it does a winding mountain road. It also delivers pretty impressive mileage figures, making it well suited to daily driver duty.
It wasn't all traffic and potholes, however, as one staffer snagged the sedan for a weekend golf trip. It put into perspective how much trunk space the 3 Series has available versus its larger 5 Series sibling. Let's just say that the 3 Series has its limitations.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on November 3, 2016
Our long-term 2016 BMW 340i seems like it can do no wrong. However, BMW seemingly forgot about the feature that we warm-climate dwellers value as much as the rest of the world values catching rare Pokemon.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 13, 2016
German cars are not known for having frosty air conditioners, yet our 2016 BMW 340i can freeze your fingers off with the best of them. I find myself gradually turning the temperature up as I drive home to stay comfortable in the evening.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 30, 2016
Got your answers right here.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on July 29, 2016
This job is all about picking nits. Drive a car, look for shortcomings, report on said shortcomings. So when I find it hard to say something about our long-term 2016 BMW 340i, that says something.
It's a car that does what it does at a high level of accomplishment. You might call this excellence, and I won't disagree.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2016
Compact SUVs are moving off dealer lots as though their cargo holds are packed with free bacon, but they haven't pushed sedans into irrelevancy just yet.
To the contrary, even as those tall wagons gain popularity, the longtime benchmark among entry-level luxury sedans — the BMW 3 Series — is enjoying a streak of record sales over the past few years.
The 2016 BMW 340i is BMW's attempt to further stoke that success by introducing a range of enhancements that reside mostly under the skin. Chief among them is an all-new, more powerful twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, but there are also revisions to the suspension and steering said to make it sharper without sacrificing comfort.