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.
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
Content Strategist Josh Sadlier was the first to spot a bubble in the sidewall of the left front tire on our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. He alerted me to it so I called to make an appointment at Santa Monica BMW. What followed was one of the most off-putting customer service experiences I've had working in the automotive business.
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 Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive did plenty of commuting, but it also took a few breaks for weekend getaways. A trip to San Francisco saw the all-wheel drive come in handy during a torrential downpour, although the adaptive cruise control system's sensors didn't fare so well. After that adventure, the 340i probably appreciated being taken to a spa in the desert near Palm Springs, even if it couldn't relax in the natural thermal baths.
Whatever the destination, the 340i remains much in demand for its comfort, poise and speed. However, not everything is wine and roses with our Jatoba Brown Bavarian. Concerns have emerged that the 3 Series feels less special than it once did, even as it gains features that should make it more competitive on the market.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2016 BMW 340i about 1,500 miles during the month of November. It was an an uneventful month, truth be told. But it rained here in Southern California (something of an event!) and that gave us a chance to test out our car's traction-enhancing all-wheel drive. We also visited a BMW dealership for some warranty work and impressed visiting family members during Thanksgiving. All and all, it was a solid month for our 340i.
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 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.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 19, 2016
By the time this post goes live, I'll be somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with our long-term 2016 BMW 340i. The plan is to drive from L.A. to Portland, spend a few days there with a couple of friends and then proceed to Seattle for a larger reunion. Due to time constraints, I'll be sticking to the express route — Interstate 5 — on the way up, but I'm hoping to meander back down with some interesting side-trips.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 3, 2016
Most vehicles these days can be equipped with a blind-spot monitoring system. Blind-spot monitoring uses radar sensors to identify when another vehicle is in your left or right blind spot (i.e., the locations behind and over your shoulders that might not get covered with the vehicle's mirrors) and then gives you a warning if you attempt to change lanes. It can be a helpful safety feature, but certain systems are more useful than others.
I happen to like the one in our long-term 2016 BMW 340i, for two reasons.
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 Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 27, 2016
If my memory serves me right — and it usually doesn't — our 2016 BMW 340i is the first BMW I've driven with the standard sport steering wheel. With the exception of our long-term i3, which had a unique wheel, every BMW I've driven in my two-and-a-half years at Edmunds has been either a true M car or was equipped with the M Sport package.
Among other upgrades, the M Sport package adds an upgraded steering wheel that feels fantastic. The standard sport wheel just doesn't measure up. If I was in the market for a BMW, I would have to get the M Sport package for the better wheel.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 17, 2015
Our newest long-term car, a 2016 BMW 340i, replaces the smaller, sportier 2015 BMW M235i in our hearts, minds and test fleet. We opted to go full luxury with regards to options with the 340i, but that doesn't mean all of the inherent BMW sportiness has been tuned out. In fact, the 340i posts better numbers than some purpose-built sports cars.
The 3 Series has always been one of the best performing sedans on the market. Read ahead to see our breakdown of the latest one.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on May 12, 2015
I'm possibly not the first person on the intertubes to point this out, but my, how large today's "compact sport sedans" have become. Here's our long-term 2016 BMW 340i parked behind an "E39" BMW 5 Series — the (perfectly styled) one from the late '90s and early '00s. I'll be dog-darned if they're not about the same size.
This calls for some numbers.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2015
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.