2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel

2017 BMW 3 Series
MSRP range
$40,250 - $44,450
2017 BMW 3 Series

Pros

  • Balances sharp handling with a ride quality that won't beat you up
  • Engine choices offer power, smoothness and fuel efficiency
  • Interior is upscale and spacious, with logical, easy-to-use controls

Cons

  • Storage for small personal items is limited
  • Base 320i model offers limited feature availability


Which 3 Series does Edmunds recommend?

If cost is no obstacle, we'd take a 340i with the Technology package. It's got a dreamy smooth six-cylinder engine, an elegant, advanced infotainment system and, for good measure, a wonderful sound system. That said, the 330i packs good punch from its turbo four-cylinder and delivers many desirable features when equipped with the Tech and/or Premium bundles. If driver aids and safety are a top priority, also check the boxes for the Driver Assistance or Driver Assistance Plus packages.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

The 2017 BMW 3 Series should be near the top of the list for shoppers wanting a compact luxury sport sedan. Whether enjoying its blend of features and refinement or putting its smooth optional engine to the test, you'll be impressed. It runs in a crowded class, but the 3 Series is one of the best.

BMW practically invented the compact luxury car decades ago, and today's 3 Series advances that heritage. It's the best-selling car in its class, and for good reason. Few can match its artful blend of performance and refinement, though that doesn't stop them from trying. In either sedan or wagon style, the 3 Series makes few compromises. It's simultaneously comfortable and sporty, compact without being confining, and its engines are fuel-efficient and powerful. It's a truly fantastic all-rounder with no significant flaws.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 BMW 3 Series is available in sedan and wagon body styles. (The 3 Series Gran Turismo hatchback is reviewed separately, as are coupe and convertible models collectively known as the BMW 4 Series.) Sedans come in 320i, 328d, 330i, 330e and 340i trim levels with standard rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (called xDrive) is optional on all but the 330e plug-in hybrid. The wagon is available only in 330i xDrive and 328d xDrive trims. The 320i is the cheapest way into a 3 Series, but it lacks many standard and optional creature comforts. Best to start at the 330i.

The 320i starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horsepower, 200 pound-feet of torque) and a choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard feature highlights include 17-inch wheels, remote locking and unlocking, push-button start, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, BMW Assist emergency telematics, Bluetooth connectivity, the iDrive infotainment interface, a 6.5-inch display and a nine-speaker sound system.

The 330i has a more powerful 2.0-liter engine (248 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque) as well as power-adjustable front sport seats, power-folding and heated side mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, paddle shifters for automatic transmission-equipped models, driver-seat memory functions and split-folding rear seatbacks.

The 328d and 330e sedans come similarly equipped. Both also use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired only to the eight-speed automatic, but the 328d engine uses diesel fuel and generates 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The 330e engine takes conventional gasoline but is augmented by an electric motor for a combined 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

The 328d and 330i wagons are equipped like the sedans and also come with a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, a power liftgate and the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Finally, the 340i sedan has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (320 hp and 330 lb-ft), the contents of the Premium package (see below), LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system (optional on most other models). The M Sport package (see below) is also standard, but its contents can be replaced by those from the Sport or Luxury packages.

There are several option packages for the 2017 3 Series. In our opinion, the main ones to look out for are Premium and Technology as they further equip the 3 Series with a host of desirable convenience and tech-oriented extras. Other popular picks include the Track Handling package (improves handling) and the two Driver Assistance packages that add many advanced driver safety aids.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 BMW 328i xDrive sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. turbo; AWD; 8-speed automatic). NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the 328i has received some revisions, chief among them a new name (now 330i) and a boost of 8 horsepower and 3 pound-feet of torque. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 330i.

Driving

5
The 2017 BMW 3 Series' turbocharged engines are typically overachievers, and the eight-speed automatic is always on point with exquisitely curated shifts. Handling is excellent despite generous suspension travel to improve ride comfort. A great performer.

Acceleration

4
Other than the 320i, which is expectedly slow given its 180 hp, acceleration is strong. We've tested a bunch of 3 Series models, and all have impressed. In our tests, a 340i xDrive sprinted from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Expect the 330i to take about 5.5 seconds.

Braking

5
The brake pedal has no bite to speak of, and that's a compliment. It's progressive and never abrupt. In panic stops from 60 mph, a 328i xDrive needed just 113 feet to halt, despite wearing less grippy all-season tires. A 340i xDrive was at 118 feet. Either way, it's outstanding.

Steering

4.5
The current 3 Series' steering feels more synthetic than past iterations, but it's still a job well done. Words like "telepathic" may no longer apply, but there's gratifying responsiveness and accuracy.

Handling

4.5
The supple ride attests to BMW's focus on luxury, but a true sport sedan lies beneath. The harder you push a 3 Series, the better it feels. The optional M Sport lowered suspension increases athleticism without a stiffer ride penalty. Retains a sense of refined performance that sets it apart.

Drivability

5
Always-on turbo torque means great flexibility in daily driving; there's no need to downshift if you want some oomph. The transmission is expertly programmed, always shifting with grace and precision. The auto stop-start system stays off if you turn it off.

Comfort

5
BMW has made comfort a top priority lately, and the 3 Series is a case in point. From its absorbent ride to its remarkably quiet interior at highway speeds, it meets luxury buyers' expectations across the board. You needn't care about sportiness to enjoy this car.

Seat comfort

5
The front seats find a nice middle ground between plushness and snug support. The side bolsters are modestly sized but should suffice for most. There's an ample range of adjustments. The armrests are nicely placed and padded.

Ride comfort

5
The 3 Series has a lot of suspension travel for a performance car, giving it very good shock-absorption capability. Older 3 Series tended to ride firmly, but this one has true luxury-grade compliance yet still feels sporty.

Noise & vibration

4.5
BMW now pipes in a pleasant, throaty synthetic soundtrack through the speakers that you'd never guess was fake. It's quiet while cruising, however, as is the cabin in general, impressively so.

Climate control

4.5
You'll have to spend a little bit of time familiarizing yourself with the climate control buttons, but overall it works very well. The ability to vary the upper air vent temperature independent of the floor vents remains a BMW hallmark. Ventilated seats aren't available on the 3 Series, though.

Interior

4.5
The 3 Series interior offers an attractive yet restrained design and a sensible control layout with familiar BMW ergonomics. The rear passenger space is better than ever but may yet leave a bit to be desired. Small item storage is hard to come by. Still, a strong effort overall.

Ease of use

4.5
Most buttons and stalks are well-placed. The cruise control buttons on the wheel are particularly intuitive. The iDrive controller is complex, but there's a logic to it that becomes second nature. The Tech package includes a wider and better 8.8-inch screen.

Getting in/getting out

4
The short doors facilitate access in tight spaces. You can't fall down into this sport sedan as you would into a sports car; seat height is where it should be. The front seatbacks can impede rear access a bit if taller folks are up front.

Driving position

5
The driver seat offers a lot of adjustment range in the up-down and fore-aft directions, and the telescoping steering wheel pulls back far enough for even the tallest of drivers. Once situated, the mirrors, gauges and controls all feel close at hand.

Roominess

4
The front seats have abundant head- and legroom. The backseat legroom is generous, too, and even our 6-foot-2-inch tester had enough headroom back there. But backseat elbow and shoulder room do feel tight on the door side.

Visibility

4.5
Visibility is excellent all around, thanks to reasonably thin pillars and plenty of glass. We applaud BMW for maintaining these traits over time. But a rearview camera and parking sensors should be standard at this price, not optional.

Quality

5
Quality materials abound, including real metal inlays on the dashboard and the center console. The sun visors feel flimsy, though, and do not slide for extended side-window coverage. Buttons, knobs and levers feel solid and precise.

Utility

4.5
The wagon offers max versatility with 53 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The sedan gets handy 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, except for 320i, which offers them as optional. Multiple bike, board, boat racks and carriers are available from BMW Accessories.

Small-item storage

3.5
The 3 Series continues to suffer from a shortage of bins or cubbies for phones and other small items. All four doors have decent-sized pockets, though, and there are two front and two rear cupholders.

Cargo space

3.5
The trunk measures an above-average 13 cubic feet, and rear seatbacks fold forward via trunk-mounted levers. The wagon offers 53 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Child safety seat accommodation

5
Any of the three rear seat positions can be used. Removable plastic covers provide easy access to the lower LATCH anchors, and the three top tether mounts are very easy to get at via covers that hinge upward. There's enough room to fit a rear-facing safety seat without much trouble.

Technology

4.5
The standard 6.5-inch iDrive display is adequate, but the 8.8-inch screen is the true luxury touch. The iDrive system is easy to use with straightforward menus, crisp graphics and quick processing. The controller touchpad can be used to handwrite inputs using your finger.

Audio & navigation

5
The standard audio system is nice; the optional 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system is even better. This latest iteration of BMW's iDrive is well sorted, with a main touchpad control knob surrounded by a simple button array.

Smartphone integration

4
BMW Apps offers connectivity for select smartphone apps but comes optional with the Technology package. Apple CarPlay is a stand-alone option. There's no Android Auto integration yet.

Driver aids

4.5
A full suite of driver aids, including a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, is available. They work well, but you've got to pay for them.

Voice control

3.5
Voice controls seem clunky and hard to work, but a longer press and hold breaks through to our paired smartphone's Siri voice command structure, which is excellent. It's nice to have this feature because smartphone operating systems do this better.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 BMW 3 Series.

sweet classy car
Ruben,05/30/2018
The car looks, feels and drives very nice. This is my second 328d! The first is a 2014 with 30K miles never had issues like both of my 2014 E250 and 2015 Q7 tdi have been at the dealerships for repairs.
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2017 BMW 3 Series video

MARK TAKAHASKI: I'm Edmunds' editor, Mark Takahashi, and here's a quick expert rundown of the 2017 BMW 3-Series. If there's one thing you need to know about the BMW 3-Series, it's simply good in any trim. Plus, there seems to be one for every taste-- whether you want electric or diesel. As with any BMW, the 3-Series does luxury and performance just right. There's plenty of space and comfort for all-day drives, but it's also really fun to drive on your favorite road. Interior-wise, it's classic, not flashy, and the materials used are simply some of the best. On top of that, the controls are super easy to use and all the buttons seem to be placed exactly where you want them. Among its Mercedes and Audi rivals, there really isn't a bad choice. It's going to come down to personal preference. Bottom line for the BMW 3-Series is that it delivers great performance without sacrificing luxury. You'll also get a well-crafted interior, and there's a 3-Series to match a variety of tastes and budgets.

2017 BMW 3 Series Expert Rundown

Looking for a compact luxury sport sedan that's truly a fantastic all-rounder? The 2017 BMW 3 Series might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$44,450
MPG
30 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
MSRP
$42,250
MPG
30 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
MSRP
$40,250
MPG
32 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 3 Series safety features:

Active Driving Assistant
Camera-based system combines lane departure warning, forward collision warning, autonomous braking and pedestrian detection.
Active Blind-Spot Detection
Alerts you with in-mirror lights when a vehicle is in blind spot, followed by steering wheel vibration if you attempt to change lanes.
Side and Top View Camera
Offers top-down, 360-degree view of the car and surroundings to monitor approaching traffic and maneuver in tight spaces.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Vehicle Overview
Randy Newman once mused that, despite fame and adoration, it's pretty lonely at the top. BMW might be able to sympathize but probably doesn't mind too much. The company practically invented the compact luxury car decades ago, and the 2017 BMW 3 Series continues that heritage. Although the 3 Series is far and away the best-selling car in its class, there are plenty of rivals seeking to overthrow it. But the 3 Series' constant evolution keeps moving the bar further, and the competitors seem to be forever playing catch-up.

So what does constant evolution look like? Last year brought mild exterior and cabin upgrades, along with a new engine and a name change for the top-end model. For 2017, the popular 328i changes its name to 330i to signify its new engine, which gets a mild power bump (240 horsepower to 248 hp and 255 pound-feet of torque to 258 lb-ft). Entertainment options have been expanded with the availability of Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging and an in-car Wi-Fi hot spot.

As nice as these revisions are, the real star of the show is the 3 Series itself: a small luxury sedan or wagon that makes few compromises. It's simultaneously comfortable and sporty, compact without being confining, and its engines are fuel-efficient and powerful. It's a truly fantastic all-rounder with no significant flaws to speak of.

But that doesn't mean the 3 Series is for everyone. The compact luxury sedan market is flooded with compelling choices that might better suit your tastes. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class boasts a more modern cabin design than the BMW, with high-end materials throughout. The fully redesigned Audi A4 (and its Allroad wagon variant) is more tech-heavy, with a beautiful widescreen display right in the instrument panel. The Lexus IS, Acura TLX and Volvo S60 (and V60 wagon) are less expensive but offer similar levels of refinement and feature availability. Overall, though, the 3 Series is a complete package with plenty of personalization possibility. Randy Newman might be lonely at the top, but at least he'll be pretty happy driving a 3 Series.

Performance and MPG
All 2017 BMW 3 Series sedans offer a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive), except for the 330e plug-in hybrid, which is available only in rear-wheel drive (RWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on 3 Series wagons. A six-speed manual is a no-cost option on RWD, gas-powered sedans (minus the 330e) and the 320i and 340i AWD, but the wagon comes only with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Certain automatic-equipped 3 Series cars have a "sport" version of this transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Both the manual and the automatic come with an automatic stop-start function that turns off the engine when the car stops in order to save fuel.

The 320i has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are good at 28 mpg combined (23 city/35 highway) for a RWD  sedan with the automatic and 27 mpg combined (23 city/35 highway) for the manual. We duplicated the EPA's combined target on our own 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route of an auto-equipped 320i. The xDrive automatic is rated at 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway). We recorded a decent 7.3-second time from zero to 60 mph at the track for a rear-wheel-drive 320i.

The 330i also uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but it produces a more robust 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Considering the big bump in performance over the 320i, EPA estimates are impressive. An automatic-equipped 330i will achieve 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway), while the manual version earns 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway). All-wheel-drive versions (including the wagon) split the difference at 26 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway). BMW estimates 330i models will sprint from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, depending on body style and powertrain configuration.

The 328d models have a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder rated at 180 hp and a healthy 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes only with the automatic transmission. While the EPA has not yet released estimates for the 2017 model year, we don't expect them to be any different from last year. Rear-wheel-drive 2016 328d sedans are rated at 35 mpg combined (31 city/42 highway), while the 328d xDrive sedan and wagon are both rated at 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway). On our 115-mile evaluation loop, we achieved an admirable 34 mpg in a 328d wagon. The diesel is also pretty quick; we recorded a 7.2-second 0-60 mph time for the wagon at our test facility.

The 340i sedan has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. With the automatic, it's EPA-rated at 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway) with RWD and 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway) with AWD. Regardless of powertrain, the manual 340i drops to 23 mpg combined (19 city/29 highway). In Edmunds performance testing, a 340i xDrive sedan sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a remarkable 4.4 seconds.

Finally, there's the 330e hybrid, which utilizes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, an electric motor and rear-wheel drive. Total combined output for the engine and motor is 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The 330e's battery can be charged from a 240-volt outlet in 2.2 hours. According to the EPA, the 330e achieves 71 miles per gallon equivalent with a 14-mile EV range factored in, and 30 mpg combined in regular gas-electric mode. At the Edmunds test track, a 330e sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.

Safety
Every 2017 BMW 3 Series comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. BMW's standard adaptive brake light system illuminates a secondary set of brake lights to denote heavy braking.

The stability control system integrates several features designed to improve braking performance, such as periodically wiping the brake rotors dry when the windshield wipers are in use and automatically moving the pads closer to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the gas. BMW Assist emergency communications is standard and includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance.

Options include parking sensors (front and rear), a rearview camera, surround- and side-view cameras, blind-spot monitoring, a lane departure warning system, forward collision warning and forward collision mitigation with automatic braking (includes pedestrian detection). The BMW Remote Services option allows select mobile devices to lock the car remotely, turns on the climate control and includes a stolen vehicle recovery service, among other things.

In Edmunds brake testing, 3 Series sedans with summer tires took between 109 and 115 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph; these are decent stopping distances, though many other small luxury sport sedans on summer tires are a bit better. With all-season tires, 3 Series sedans took 113 to 118 feet, better than most rivals with all-seasons. A 328d xDrive wagon failed to impress, requiring a long 126 feet with all-season tires.

In government crash testing, the 3 Series sedan received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for total front-impact protection and five for total side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the sedan the highest possible rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact test but a second-worst Marginal in the small-overlap front-impact test. In the remaining tests, the 3 Series received a Good rating in the side-impact, roof strength and head restraint/seat (whiplash protection) tests.

Additional Information
The 2017 BMW 3 Series should be near the top of your list if you're in the market for an entry-level luxury sedan. It's been the benchmark for years when it comes to driver engagement, and the current version manages to be more things for more people thanks to its generous cabin size, comfortable ride and lineup of surprisingly efficient engines.

For 2017, the engine and model lineup are updated with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that results in the 328i becoming the 330i. Last year's new arrival, the 340i, now comes standard with the M Sport package, although the Sport and Luxury packages can be substituted as no-cost options. There are also new features for 2017, most notably Apple CarPlay and updated iDrive infotainment interface.

Despite these changes, though, a big part of the 3 Series' appeal remains its variety of choices. There is a sedan and wagon body style (not to mention the mechanically related 4 Series lineup), along with the 320i, 330i, 340i and diesel-powered 328d. All but the 340i have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but they are in fact different engines. The 320i's produces sufficient power (180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque), and returns strong fuel economy for a luxury sedan at 28 mpg combined (23 city/ 35 highway). However, the 330i represents a more powerful proposition, as it boasts 248 hp and 258 lb-ft, while only losing 1 mpg combined compared to the 320i. It really is the best-of-both-worlds choice.

Although it's ultimately no quicker than the 320i, the 328d's torque-rich engine will feel stouter and returns a superb 35 mpg combined (31 city/42 highway). Meanwhile, the 340i's turbocharged inline-6 is good for 320 hp and 330 lb-ft. And when we tested it with all-wheel drive, it went from zero to 60 mph in a remarkable 4.4 seconds. Its fuel economy also isn't that bad at 25 mpg combined.

So the 3 Series certainly isn't wanting for performance, and while its driving experience isn't as sharp as those of its predecessors, its newfound balance of engaging handling and a comfortable ride should appeal to a larger number of drivers. Now, a few choice options (the adaptive suspension in particular) will dial up the fun-to-drive quotient a bit higher, but those seeking the "ultimate driving machine" may find certain competitors a bit more thrilling.

And while some competitors deliver more equipment for the money or offer more traditionally luxurious interior than the 3 Series, there's no arguing that the 3 Series is a remarkable car.

So whether you're looking at the most basic model or a fully loaded specimen, the 2017 BMW 3 Series is a top luxury car choice. Make sure to research which might be the best version for you here on Edmunds, including inventory near you.

2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel Overview

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel is offered in the following styles: 328d xDrive 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A), 328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and 328d 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A).

What do people think of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 3 Series Diesel 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 3 Series Diesel.

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 3 Series Diesel featuring deep dives into trim levels including 328d xDrive, 328d, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.5 / 5.0

Driving

5.0 / 5.0

Acceleration4.0 / 5.0
Braking5.0 / 5.0
Steering4.5 / 5.0
Handling4.5 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0

Comfort

5.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort5.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort5.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5.0
Climate control4.5 / 5.0

Interior

4.5 / 5.0

Ease of use4.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5.0
Driving position5.0 / 5.0
Roominess4.0 / 5.0
Visibility4.5 / 5.0
Quality5.0 / 5.0

Utility

4.5 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.5 / 5.0
Cargo space3.5 / 5.0

Technology

4.5 / 5.0

Audio & navigation5.0 / 5.0
Smartphone integration4.0 / 5.0
Driver aids4.5 / 5.0
Voice control3.5 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel and all available trim types: 328d xDrive, 328d, 328d xDrive. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2017 BMW 3 Series Diesel include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2017 BMW 3 Series?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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