2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel
- 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
- Base 320i model offers limited feature availability
- Storage for small personal items is limited
2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which 3 Series does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.3 / 10
The 2018 BMW 3 Series should make the short list for shoppers seeking a compact luxury sport sedan. Whether enjoying its blend of features and refinement or pushing its smooth power and sharp handling to the limit, you'll be impressed.
Today's 3 Series advances the heritage that BMW established decades ago when it practically invented the compact luxury car. The 3 Series is 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 other automakers from trying.
In either sedan or wagon style, the 3 Series makes few compromises. It's a truly fantastic all-rounder with no significant flaws — it's simultaneously comfortable and sporty, small without being confining, and offers fuel-efficient and powerful engines. There's a 3 Series for seemingly every flavor. Fuel economy a priority? The diesel-powered 3 Series achieves 36 mpg combined. Need maximum cargo space? The 3 Series wagon offers 53 cubic feet of room. Just want to test the waters of BMW ownership? The base model 320i, while sparsely equipped for a luxury sedan, offers the model's hallmark balance and performance for a reasonable price.
It's true that the current generation of the 3 Series is getting a bit dated, and newer rivals might hold an advantage in stylistic appeal. Overall, though, the 3 Series is still one of the best.
Notably, we picked the 2018 BMW 3 Series as one of Edmunds' Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans for this year.
2018 BMW 3 Series configurations
The 2018 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 most affordable way into a 3 Series, but it lacks many standard and optional creature comforts. It 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 LED headlights, power-adjustable front sport seats, power-folding and heated side mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, paddle shifters for automatic transmission-equipped models, driver-seat memory settings and split-folding rear seatbacks.
The 328d and 330e sedans come similarly equipped. Both 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), 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 package.
There are several option packages for the 2018 3 Series. In our opinion, the main ones to look out for are the Premium and the Executive since they further equip the 3 Series with a host of desirable convenience and tech-oriented extras. The Premium package, for example, adds heated front seats, a head-up display, a navigation system, a 8.5-inch display screen and BMW's Remote Services (can lock and unlock doors or find car in a parking lot via smartphone app). The Executive package adds adaptive LED headlights, side- and top-view parking cameras, and upgraded leather upholstery.
Other popular picks include the Track Handling package (improves handling and steering) and the Driving Assistance package that adds many advanced driver safety aids.
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use8.5
Getting in/getting out8.0
Child safety seat accommodation
Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 3 Series safety features:
- Driving Assistance Package
- This 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 a blind spot, followed by steering wheel vibration if you attempt to change lanes.
- Side and Top View Camera
- Offers a top-down, 360-degree view of the car and surroundings to monitor approaching traffic and maneuver in tight spaces.
2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel for Sale
The BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark for years when it comes to driver engagement, and the current version remains more things for more people thanks to generous cabin size, comfortable ride and lineup of surprisingly efficient engines. The 2018 BMW 3 Series should be near the top of your list if you're in the market for an entry-level luxury sedan.
Last year's model brought modest upheaval to the 3 Series lineup, with the introduction of a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a name change from 328i to 330i, and the inclusion of the M Sport package to the sublime 340i. For 2018, the 3 Series carries over with only minor changes to options and packages. The Technology package has been discontinued, although several of its features have rolled into the Premium package.
A large 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 coupe 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 (24 city/35 highway). The 330i represents a more powerful proposition: 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.
The 328d's torque-rich engine, although it's ultimately no quicker than the 320i's, will feel stouter and returns a superb 36 mpg combined. Meanwhile, the 340i's turbocharged inline-six 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 bad, at 25 mpg combined. BMW also sells a 330e plug-in hybrid version that has a 71 miles per gallon equivalent estimate.
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 balance of engaging handling and a comfortable ride should appeal to many drivers. A few choice options, the adaptive suspension in particular, will ratchet up the fun-to-drive quotient, 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 a 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 2018 BMW 3 Series is a top luxury car choice. Let Edmunds help you research and find the best version for you among your local inventory.
2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel Overview
The 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel is offered in the following styles: 328d xDrive 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A), 328d 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and 328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel and all its trim types. 0 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 2018 3 Series Diesel.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 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.Read our full review of the 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel here.
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.
What's a good price for a New 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel?
2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
The 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,145. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) is trending $1,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$46,145.
The average savings for the 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) is2.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)Available Inventory:
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2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
The 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,745. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) is trending $7,824 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,824 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,922.
The average savings for the 2018 BMW 3 Series Diesel 328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) is17.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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