The 2018 BMW 3 Series should be on the list for buyers looking for a compact luxury sports sedan. Whether it’s enjoying a blend of refinement and features or smooth driving and sharp handling to the max.
The 3 Series has a legacy that BMW built a few decades ago when making a compact luxury car. The 3 Series is the best-selling car in its class, few can match its exquisite performance, though that does not stop other manufacturers from trying.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 BMW 3 Series is available in sedan and wagon body styles. Sedans come in 320i, 328d, 330i, 330e and 340i trim levels with rear-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is optional on all except the 330e hybrid. The wagon is available in 330i xDrive and 328d xDrive trims.
The 2018 BMW 3 Series 320i starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. It has a choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway) for a rear-wheel-drive with the automatic. The manual version rates at 27 mpg combined (23/35), and the xDrive version at 27 mpg combined (23/34).
Standard feature includes remote unlocking and locking, 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, the iDrive infotainment interface, BMW Assist emergency telematics, a 6.5-inch display and a nine-speaker sound system.
The 2018 BMW 3 Serie 330i get a more powerful 2.0-liter engine good for 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimates at 27 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) for the automatic rear-wheel drive and 27 mpg combined (23/33) for the xDrive. The manual version rating at 25 mpg combined (21/32). It also adds LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding and heated side mirrors, driver-seat memory settings, power-adjustable front sport seats, paddle shifters for automatic transmission and split-folding rear seat.
The 2018 BMW 3 Series 328d and 330e sedans are similarly to the 330i. Both use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to the eight-speed automatic. The 328d engine uses diesel fuel and produces 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Rear-drive 328d sedans are rated at 36 mpg combined (31 city/43 highway), while the 328d xDrive sedan and wagon are both rated at 34 mpg combined 34 mpg combined (30/40).
The 330e hybrid engine uses conventional gasoline along with an electric motor for a combined 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The battery can be charged from a 240-volt outlet in 2.2 hours. According to the EPA, the 330e achieves 71 mpg combined with a 14-mile EV range factored in and in regular gas-electric mode.
The 2018 BMW 3 Series 328d and 330i wagons are similar to the sedans but also adds roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate and the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 BMW 3 Series 340i sedan is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine generates 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. With the automatic, EPA-rated at 25 mpg combined (21/33) with RWD and (21/31) with AWD. The manual drops to 23 mpg combined (19/29) for both RWD and AWD. In performance test, an all-wheel-drive 340i accelerated from zero to 60 mph in impressive 4.4 seconds.
The 340i also adds a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system (optional on other models), the Premium and M Sport package content.
There are several optional packages for the 2018 BMW 3 Series. The Premium package adds an 8.5-inch display screen, a navigation system, a head-up display, BMW’s Remote Services and heated front seats. The Executive package adds adaptive side and top-view parking cameras, LED headlights and upgraded leather upholstery.
Another optional package is Track Handling, which improves steering and handling. The Driving Assistance package that adds advanced driver safety features.
The 2018 3 Series cabin combines BMW classic design with the latest technology. Familiar analog measuring instruments made historical connections with BMW decades earlier, and material quality remained outstanding. The build quality is also very good. The standard 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment system is sufficient, but you’ll want a 8.8-inch screen that offers a true luxury electronic interface. The touch pad at the top can be used to receive input using a finger. Overall, iDrive is easy to use, thanks to sharp graphics, sensible menus, and fast processing times.
The 320i manually adjusted standard front seats is very supportive and comfortable, and choosing an upgraded sports chair will certainly offer even more. There are impressive adjustments regardless of whether you choose a manual or power chair, and the telescoping steering wheel pulls back far enough even for the tall driver. The visibility around is also very nice thanks to the fairly thin pillars and lots of glass.
If accommodation is your priority, the 2018 BMW 3 Series rear seat is spacious, even a 6ft passenger can sit comfortably with ample headroom. You will not find a wider back seat in this class. 13 cubic feet of luggage space is above the average sedan in this class, while the wagon offers a maximum cargo capacity of 53 cubic feet with rear seats folded. That is almost the same as rival the 2018 Audi Allroad.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 BMW 3 Series is expected to go on sale summer the following year. The 2018 BMW 3 Series 320i sedan has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $36,000, while the 340i variants beginning just under $50,000. The plug-in hybrid 330e starts around $46,500 and wagon start in the mid-$40,000 range. All-wheel drive adds about $2,000.