2019 BMW 3 Series

Buyer's Guide

Despite bearing the badge of a premium automaker, the BMW 3 Series doesn't generate lustful feelings among car enthusiasts the way it did decades ago. Like so many cars, the 3 Series has grown up, and the playful personality it was once known for now belongs to the smaller 2 Series.

BMW has rolled out a new, seventh-generation 3 Series sedan for 2019, bringing a new design to the core of the model range. The sedan is this car's most popular body style, so it always gets renewed first, with the rest of the range -- Touring (station wagon) and Gran Turismo (hatchback) -- following in subsequent years.

As before, the 3 Series sedan comes in 330i and M340i flavours, powered by familiar 2.0L four-cylinder and 3.0L six-cylinder engines, both turbocharged. The 330i's four-cylinder makes 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, notable increases over last year's 248 hp/258 lb-ft. Meanwhile, the M340i's turbo six makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, up from 320 hp/330 lb-ft.

We expect BMW to keep the rest of the 3 Series range around in the outgoing body. That means we may yet be able to buy the 328d diesel sedan, 330i Touring (with the old four-cylinder), 330i and 340i Gran Turismo and the 330e plug-in hybrid sedan. BMW hasn't said when it plans to update the alternative body styles, but it has promises a new version of the plug-in model in early 2020.

What doesn't change is the 3 Series' use of an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, 2019 marks the first year in this car's history that BMW won't offer a manual transmission. BMW says 330i models will all come standard with the xDrive AWD system, but the M340i will be offered both as a rear- and an all-wheel driver.

BMW talks up its ongoing commitment to perfect weight distribution, which works with wider front and rear track measurements and stiffer suspension mounts to improve handling. The car is also lighter than before thanks to the use of aluminum and high-strength steel.

There's also new lift-related suspension damper tech that BMW says "perceptibly (smooths) out vibrations caused by bumpy road surfaces and dynamic cornering," adding extra hydraulic damping in the front end and compression limited system out back. We're not entirely sure what all that means, but BMW promises the new dampers (aka shock absorbers) will deliver more ride comfort and more precise handling.

The performance-oriented M340i (which will be nearly as quick as the M3 sport sedan) gets the option of adaptive suspension with adjustable ride settings.

In the cabin, BMW says occupants up front enjoy more shoulder room, while rear-seat riders get more legroom. The rear seat promises better comfort all around, too, thanks to a better centre seating position.

Standard safety tech includes collision and pedestrian warning with city-speed automatic braking, which will also react to cyclists. Optional is a driving assistant system that adds lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, plus rear collision prevention and cross traffic alert.

When we wrote this, BMW hadn't published fuel consumption estimates for the new 3 Series, but we expect they'll be similar to the 2018 model's figures despite the new car's added power. Last year, 330i xDrive models were rated 10.2/7.2 L/100 km (city/highway), while 340i rear-drivers' ratings were 9.2/6.2 and 11.1/7.5 with AWD.

2019 BMW 3 Series Specifications

There is 1 available trim for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $48,900 MSRP
8.7
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
248 hp @5200 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Wagon
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
330i xDrive Touring $48,900 5 Wagon
330i xDrive Touring 248 hp @5200 rpm 258 ft-lb @1450 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
330i xDrive Touring 182.8" 71.3" 56.5" 110.6"
330i xDrive Touring
330i xDrive Touring N/A
330i xDrive Touring
330i xDrive Touring

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Owner Reviews: 2019 BMW / 3 Series

Average Rating

2000 BMW 3 Series

Trim: 323 Sport
by BigJim on 10-11-2012
Great entry level bimmer, but don't get the automatic!
The BMW 323 is a great entry level Bimmer. I opted for a 4 door, manual shift, sport package with performance tires and it was tons of fun to drive. I used winter tires for the colder weather and the car handled surprisingly well in the snow. The maintenance & repairs were a little steep, but worth the price as the car was such a pleasure to drive. I had the opportunity to drive a friend's 323 automatic and it was way too slow. I totally recommned the 3 series, but opt for the manual shift to get the true BMW experience.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2002 BMW 3 Series

Trim: 325I
by stackovrflo on 10-11-2012
Ridiculously fun little car to drive!
I bought it when it was 5 years old and have loved it ever since.
My only complaint is the same with any luxury vehicle that is past its warranty date -- super expensive to maintain and/or fix when something goes wrong (as it always does with older vehicles). I've always been impressed with it acceleration and ability to feel confident at high speeds. The race background of this car really become obvious when handling fast turns very comfortably.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2000 BMW 3 Series

by SJB1122 on 10-11-2012
Love this sports car
This has been a great car to drive. BMW are about handling and performance and even though this car is older, it still handles really well.

The only issue was the AC can be a bit unreliable, but i guess you get that with an older car.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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