2021 BMW 3 Series

Rating8.0

Ranked #5 in Compact Luxury Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$41,250 - $43,250

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Key Spec of 2021 BMW 3 Series
fuel economy

-

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

255 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Refined powertrain with ample everyday performance

Manual transmission is missing from the lineup

Wireless Android Auto

Poised handling maneuvers

Adding options can get a bit too expensive

330e plug-in hybrid model makes a comeback to the lineup

Elegant interior setup with a multitude of creature comforts

Infotainment controls are confusing

2021 BMW 3 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW 3 Series is an iconic sedan that is still going strong after decades of evolution. This sedan is a prime example of peak German engineering and exquisite luxury in a single package. The 3 Series lineup offers something for every individual with its wide selection of gasoline and hybrid powertrains. Although BMW is leaving behind some iconic bits from the past like the 3's manual transmission, the sedan is still a treat to drive with its finely tuned suspension and 8-speed automatic gearbox. 

2021 BMW 3 Series Latest Updates

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Over All Rating

8.0

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Trims

330i$41,250 onwards

  • 16-Speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Leather upholstery
  • Three-Zone automatic climate control

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2022 BMW 3 Series Sedan

330e Hybrid Plug-in RWD

Dealer Price
$44,540
Est. $604/mo
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$3,800 Below market
RMV: $48,340
Santa Maria, CA
MSRP $44,540
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2022 BMW 3 Series 330i

330i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$42,885
Est. $582/mo
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$3,505 Below market
RMV: $46,390
Austin, TX
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Previous Price: $4726522 Jul 2022

2021 BMW 3 Series 330i

330i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$45,500
Est. $617/mo
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$3,590 Below market
RMV: $49,090
Santa Fe, NM
MSRP $47,265
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2022 BMW 3 Series Sedan

330e Hybrid Plug-in RWD

Dealer Price
$45,090
Est. $612/mo
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$3,250 Below market
RMV: $48,340
Pompano Beach, FL
MSRP $45,090
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2022 BMW 3 Series Sedan

330e Hybrid Plug-in RWD

Dealer Price
$45,090
Est. $612/mo
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$3,250 Below market
RMV: $48,340
Monrovia, CA
MSRP $45,090
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2021 BMW 3 Series 330i

330i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$44,040
Est. $597/mo
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$3,122.5 Below market
RMV: $47,162.5
Seattle, WA
MSRP $44,040
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2022 BMW 3 Series Sedan

330e Hybrid Plug-in RWD

Dealer Price
$45,290
Est. $614/mo
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$3,050 Below market
RMV: $48,340
Valencia, CA
MSRP $45,290
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2022 BMW 3 Series 330i

330i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$43,495
Est. $590/mo
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$2,895 Below market
RMV: $46,390
Las Vegas, NV
MSRP $43,495
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2020 BMW 3 Series 330i

330i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$45,185
Est. $613/mo
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$2,950 Below market
RMV: $48,135
Bala Cynwyd, PA
MSRP $45,185
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Colors and Styles

2021 BMW 3 Series in Mineral Gray Metallic color
Mineral Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2021 model of the sedan comes with a 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 putting out 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It squares off against its contemporary rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and the Lexus IS 300. In a segment where big numbers dictate the game, can the 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan emerge as the king of the compact luxury sedan segment?

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Front Angle View
2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Rear Angle View

Features

The only gasoline variants for the base 3 Series are the 330i model and the M340i model. However, since we consider the M340i as a separate performance trim and the hybrid options as well, the 330i is the only trim on offer. The base 330i sedan comes with a price tag of $42,245 for the RWD configuration and $2,000 extra for the AWD drivetrain. Below is the table with a brief description of the features you get with the 2021 BMW 3 Series. 

Trim

BMW 330i

MSRP (RWD)

$42,245

MSRP (AWD)

$44,245

Key Features

Driving Dynamics Control with selectable drive modes

 

SensaTec seat Upholstery

 

Live Cockpit Plus

 

Power glass moonroof with one-touch operation

 

BMW ConnectedDrive Services

 

Fine Wood trim with Ash Grey-Brown high gloss

 

Automatic 3-zone Climate Control

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The 2021 BMW 330i is a great choice for the segment. It offers a good list of driver assistance features. You can also customize the look of the car based on your taste. The wheels can also be customized, and you can select between 18” or 19” alloy wheels for your sedan. The interior color can also be customized by selecting between the Canberra Beige or Black upholstery. You can upgrade to the Convenience package for $900 to get features like Keyless entry and lumbar support. If you want more premium features like a Heads Up display and Live Cockpit Pro, then you can consider upgrading to the Premium package for $3,200.

Engine and Performance
8.5/10

The 2021 BMW 3 Series gets its dose of adrenaline from the same classic 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine capable of chugging out 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque to soothe your taste buds for power. The sedan is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which provides the smooth gear shifts that BMW is known for. Stick-shift lovers may be left in for a disappointment, as the manual gearbox has made its way out of the transmission lineup. Power is sent to the rear wheels as standard, whereas to power all wheels, customers have to shell out extra bucks.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Engine Bay

BMW’s four-cylinder engine is one of the best out in the market, offering an adventurous performance and flair every second of your drive. The sedan transitions from a relaxed state to a sharp and playful mood effortlessly, which is one of our favorite parts of this sedan. The 4-cylinder Bimmer also aced the speed tests amongst other rivals, with its class-leading 0-60 and quarter-mile times of 5.6 seconds and 14 seconds, respectively.

Models

2021 BMW 3 Series

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 Audi A4

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

MSRP

$42,100

$38,560

$42,000

$41,400

Engine

2.0 L Turbo Premium Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Premium Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Premium Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD/AWD

RWD/AWD

AWD

RWD/AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

255 @ 5000

241 @ 5200

248 hp @ 5,000

255 @ 5800

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

295 @ 1550

258 @ 1650

273 lb-ft. @ 1,600

273 @ 1800

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.6

6.9

5.6

5.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14

15.2

14.4

14.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

146

143

155

155

The 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan leads its rivals in the spec sheet with its impressive power output. The Bimmer also has the bragging rights in the speed charts with its quick 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is its closest competitor, followed by the Audi A4 closely behind. When comparing the price range, BMW is the most expensive option, although by a margin of a couple of hundred dollars.

How well does the 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan handle?

The previous generations of the 3 Series had set lofty benchmarks in their segment for their free-spirited handling dynamics. The new Bimmer generation may not match those high standards, but this sedan surely has a profound steering feel to it. The 3 Series runs underneath it a double-joint front strut setup and a five-link rear-end, which contribute towards its spectacular handling dynamics. 

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan In Acceleration Mode

An optional adaptive damper setup adds to the sporty feel by bringing a low ride height and better grip to the equation. The sedan is extremely agile while scaling tight corners with exceptional amounts of body control. The 330i strolls around like a predator, although for more playfulness, buyers may opt for the M340i.

Braking Performance

Braking is a solid factor of the 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan. The brake pedal feels very solid to handle and easy to control in daily driving situations. The braking factor gets even better while grinding it out at high speeds.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Wheel

With a solid 4-wheel disc brake setup and other equipment on board, the 3 Series stops its momentum from 60 mph within a braking distance of 103 feet.

Models

2021 BMW 3 Series

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 Audi A4

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

NA

13.2

12.4

13

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

NA

11.7

11.8

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3582

3715

3682

3472

60-0 (feet)

103

125

105

124

The BMW 3 Series is the king in the braking sector as well, coming to a stop from 60 mph before any other sedan. However, the Audi A4 is just as impressive with a negligible difference in braking performance as compared to the BMW. The Merc and Lexus are not even close enough to the Bimmer in braking performance. When comparing the curb weight, Lexus is the heaviest option in the competition at 3,715 lbs.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

The 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan can stroll for an mpg of 26 in the city when equipped with the base powertrain. The same sedan returns a respectable mpg of 36 while cruising on the highway. With its decent fuel tank capacity of 15.6 gallons, the 3 Series can traverse 406 miles within the city and 562 miles in the countryside on a full tank of gas. These above-average figures should come as no surprise considering the high stakes for fuel economy in its segment.

Models

2021 BMW 3 Series

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 Audi A4

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

MPG (City)

26

21

24

23

MPG (Highway)

36

31

31

35

MPG (Combined)

30

25

27

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.6

17.4

15.3

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

406/562/468

365/539/435

367/474/413

400/609/470

The BMW 3 Series has a clear edge over its adversaries owing to its better fuel economy. The sedan’s above-average fuel economy figures outclass every other competitor in its segment, making the 3 Series a perfect choice for fuel-conscious families. The 3 Series also offers one of the class-leading ranges of 406 miles and 562 miles in the city and highway sectors. Lexus turns out to be the least frugal option offering 25 mpg combined.

Interior
7.5/10

Inside, the 3 Series features an excellent interior setup that looks upscale from every angle. All the controls are well within the driver’s reach, while the cabin also sports excellent outward visibility. The sedan offers sport seats with adequate bolstering and support as standard. The driver can amp up the ambiance levels by splurging in for the optional interior features like customizable ambient interior lighting and heated front and rear seats. Although reading it can be a bit confusing for newbie drivers, the instrument cluster looks as modern as ever.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Dashboard

Interior elements like leatherette and wood trimmings and a mixture of aluminum accents signify the high quality of the cabin. The front seats have an adequate amount of headroom and legroom, although the rear seats are only suitable for 2 passengers because of the constricted center tunnel. The sedan offers a large trunk capacity with 17 cubes of space on offer. This space is adequate to fit in about 6 carry-on suitcases, which may impress most small families. 

Models

2021 BMW 3 Series

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 Audi A4

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.7/56.0/42.0

38.2/55.9/44.8

37.3/55.9/41.3

37.1/55.3/41.7

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.6/54.6/35.2

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.4/54.5/35.7

37.1/55/35.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

17

10.8

12

12.6

The 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan has one of the most spacious and luxurious cabins for its segment. The BMW offers more cargo space behind its rear seats than any other rival. With the rear seats folded, you can fit in even more luggage. Once again Lexus fails to compete with German rivals as it offers the least spacious cargo of 10.8 cubic feet. The standout interior bits inside the BMW 3 Series are:

  • Power front sport seats with memory function
  • Automatic 3-zone Climate Control
  • Power moonroof
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Interior Air Filtration

What’s there to keep you entertained?

BMW offers an 8.8-inch touchscreen integrated with its iDrive infotainment system as the standard entertainment hub. BMW also offers a handy number of buttons and large knobs on the console to control the infotainment. Voice command is also a welcome asset.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Infotainment Display

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard features. The Live Cockpit Pro package unlocks a bunch of juicy gizmos, like a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, and the latest iDrive iteration. BMW’s gimmicky Gesture Control lets you control the infotainment system with the power of just hand gestures. The 2021 BMW 3 Series has a plethora of cutting-edge gizmo like:

  • 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • iDrive infotainment system
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Live Cockpit Pro
  • Gesture Control
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Exterior
9.0/10

With most of the new BMWs opting for a large grille design, thankfully the BMW 3 Series doesn’t overdo that particular design aspect and still sports a moderate-sized kidney grille at the front. The sedan maintains almost a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, thanks to the extensive engineering efforts.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Front Angle View

The body has grown stiffer and larger in event years, with the suspension front wings and drivetrain all making extensive use of lightweight aluminum. The 3 Series rides on elegant 19-inch alloy wheels. The side profile makes subtle use of sharp creases and taut metal that look elegant from a distance. 

Models

2021 BMW 3 Series

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 Audi A4

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

Curb Weight (lb)

3582

3715

3682

3472

Length (inches)

185.7

185.4

187.5

184.5

Width (inches)

71.9

72.4

72.7

71.3

Height (inches)

56.8

56.5

55.3

56.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.7

5.5

5.2

3.8

Wheelbase (inches)

112.2

110.2

111

112.2

The M Sport package gets its own share of unique exterior styling elements like 19-inch wheels wrapped in performance tires, LED fog lights, and an Aerodynamic kit. BMW’s weight-saving measures paid dividends, as the sedan sheds several pounds off its weight for a more composed ride. The 3 Series also rides at a higher ride height than most of its rivals. Its large wheelbase contributes to its standout interior space. The unique styling elements of the 3 Series sedan are:

  • 18-inch V-spoke Bi-color orbit grey wheels
  • Power-folding heated side mirrors
  • Satin Aluminum exterior trim
  • LED headlights and LED Daytime running lights
  • Available power tailgate
Safety
9.0/10

The only aspect where the 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan is lacking has to be the standard safety tech. The sedan only offers forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking as standard. To eliminate the stress from regular driving in traffic, you can opt for the optional adaptive cruise control tech. Most of the advanced safety techs have to be unlocked by paying extra, such as:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear-cross-traffic alert
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Park assist features
Competition
8.0/10

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan vs 2021 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

The Lexus IS 300 is a much more affordable pick over the BMW 3 Series. Although both the sedans offer the same powertrain, BMW’s excellence shows itself in the speed and power charts.

2021 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

The Lexus IS 300 simply cannot match the Bimmer’s prowess in the performance department. The Lexus offers similar levels of luxury to the BMW and is cut above its rival with its sleek exterior styling.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan vs 2021 Audi A4 Sedan

The Audi A4 has always had an edge over other German rivals with its cutting-edge infotainment suite and safety techs. The BMW, however, is cut-to-cut with the Audi in terms of in-car tech.

2021 Audi A4 Sedan

The Bimmer is also a joy to drive compared to the Audi. The Bimmer also offers more cargo space with its trunk, which makes it a better family choice. Both the sedans are well-matched in terms of luxury, although the onus goes to the BMW 3 Series.

2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

The rivalry between the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a subject of automotive folklore. However, both these sedans cater to different audiences. The BMW 3 Series establishes itself as a driver’s favorite machine, thanks to its exceptional handling dynamics and refined power.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

On the other hand, the Merc goes all out in the luxury sector, offering top-of-the-line technology and mouth-watering creature comforts. The 3 Series wins this duel in our opinion, thanks to its above-average fuel economy and more interior practicality for a family.

Final Verdict
8.5/10

The 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan justifies itself as the king of compact luxury sedans, making everyday driving a peaceful affair with its nimble driving manners. The sedan has plenty of power under its hood to breeze to highway speed without breaking a sweat. The 3 Series also offers a long list of cutting-edge gizmo, creature comforts, and luxury features at an entry-level price. With a good trunk size as well, the BMW 3 Series will be a perfect companion for a couple of weekend joyrides as well as everyday errands.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$41250

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

255 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

472 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

185.7 in

wheelbase

112.2 in

width

71.9 in

curb weight

3582 lbs

Height

56.8 in

Ground Clearance

5.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

93 cu ft

cargo volume

17 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


BMW 3 Series 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$47,739
5 Year Cost To Own
$70,309
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $70,309
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$9,782$4,977$4,071$4,569$4,029$27,428
Insurance$1,482$1,592$1,634$1,679$1,730$8,117
Fuel$1,706$1,783$1,800$1,901$1,907$9,097
Maintenance$49$-17$1,005$4,579$3,360$8,976
Repairs$35$-1$8$1,192$1,808$3,042
Financing Interest$2,933$2,367$1,765$1,115$444$8,624
Taxes and Fees$3,987$338$278$270$152$5,025
Total Cost-To-Own$19,974$11,039$10,561$15,305$13,430$70,309
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