Used 2018 BMW 3 Series Hybrid
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
The BMW 3 Series's 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.
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.
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 still leave a bit to be desired. Small-item storage is hard to come by. Still a strong effort overall.
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.
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.
Most helpful consumer reviews
330e iPerformance 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
The short range EV will benefit those the most with total commutes of less than 12-14 miles in real world driving between charges. I’m averaging 41 mpg combined since I purchased the vehicle about 5000 miles ago. One tank averaged 50 mpg since I was doing so much short distance driving. Electronic steering is definitely a downgrade from my 2011 335d. I don’t feel as connected to the road and the steering isn’t as tight as the 335d. The ride is familiar and I am happy with the styling as well. I’ve heard good things about reliability so looking forward to worry free driving until I possibly go full EV either the i4 or another manufacturer. A lot is coming down the pipeline.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the 3 Series models:
- 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.