2017 BMW 3 Series

#16
in Sedans
2017 MODEL
$33,450 - $49,900 See Inventory Prices

8.0

Overall Rating

2017 BMW 3 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

It's been more 40 years since the folks at Munich started with the BMW 3 Series Sedan. There is no doubt that the 3 series has been the benchmark for the entry level sports sedan segment. So each time they bring out a new one, eyes of enthusiasts and causal folks gleam with excitement and wonder if the replacement is better than the last one.

Its prime rivals have spent a lot of time trying to catch up with the BMW 3 series. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and the Audi A4 can be considered as viable alternatives and moreover, they pose a threat to the Bavarian. Staring at just $33,445, the BMW 320i has a competitive sticker price.

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Pros

Highly reputed since inception

Brilliant new engine choices

Build quality

Sublime handling

Cons

Generic looks

The base trim is underpowered

Desperately needs a refresh

What's New?

A newly developed hybrid joins the line-up and it starts off at a price of $44,065


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

149 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

200 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.3 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.6 in.

length

182.5 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

3295 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/28/35 mpg

highway range

553 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 BMW 3 Series in Alpine White color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Estoril Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Imperial Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Jatoba Brown Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Jet Black color  2017 BMW 3 Series in Mediterranean Blue Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.8

Safety

6.9

Comfort

7.8

Driving

9.6

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW 3 Series 320i

320i

power
180 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$33,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
320i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $33,450 MSRP (23/28/35) 180 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2017 BMW 3 Series 320i xDrive

320i xDrive

power
180 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$35,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
320i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $35,450 MSRP (23/27/34) 180 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 BMW 3 Series 330i SULEV

330i SULEV

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$38,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
330i SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $38,750 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2017 BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive SULEV

330i xDrive SULEV

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$40,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
330i xDrive SULEV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,750 MSRP (23/26/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 BMW 3 Series 340i

340i

power
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$47,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
340i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,900 MSRP (21/25/32) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2017 BMW 3 Series 340i xDrive

340i xDrive

power
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$49,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
340i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $49,900 MSRP (21/25/31) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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2018 BMW ALPINA B7
8.7/10

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2017 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan
9.0/10

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2017 BMW M760i
9.0/10

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


2017 3 Series comes with three engine choices depending on the trim you choose. The 320i and 330i have 2.0-liter Turbocharged four-cylinder units while the top model 340i gets a new 3.0 liter six cylinder that is nothing short of brilliant. A new addition to the line-up is the hybrid 330e bound to break all your expectations.


7.6/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Exterior

 

6.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 BMW 3 Series Features

7.6/10

The five trims offered by BMW for the 3 Series are - 320i, 330i, 328d (diesel), 330e iperformance, the 340i, and 340i xDrive. The detailed specs of each one has been given below:

Trim BMW 320i BMW 330i xDrive BMW 328d BMW 330e iperformance BMW 340i BMW 340i xDrive
Starting MSRP $33,445 $38,745 $41,245 $44,065 $47,895 $49,900
Standard Features 6-way manually adjustable front seats; including 2-way manual headrests 10-way power front sport seats; including 2-way power side bolsters, 2-way manual headrests and thigh support Same as 330i Same as 330i 14-way power front sport seats; including 4-way power lumbar support, 2-way power side bolsters Same as 340i 
9-speaker HiFi Sound System Key fob with Sport Line motif     Shadow line exterior trim All-Wheel-Drive
Dynamic Cruise Control Universal garage-door opener     16-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio System  
LED Fog lights Power-folding, heated side mirrors     2-way power glass moonroof with "one-touch" operation and sliding interior sunshade  
LED Headlights          

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The range-topping 340i priced at $47,895 has almost the same level of tech gizmos available in the 330i with the exception of a few features like 14-way power front seats, power glass 'Moonroof' and a 16-speaker Harman sound system. If you can live without a few of those features, the best one to go for would be the 330i that is generously loaded and is priced at only $33,445.

The 330e happens to be a great driver's car for anyone with an environmental bend but at $44,065, it only makes sense in our market if you view it as a trickle-down version of the i8.

2017 BMW 3 Series Engine

8.2/10

The 2017 BMW 3 Series' 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. -edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Sure, the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder unit in the 320i may only have 180 hp but the way it transfers that power to the wheels is something to be appreciated and it is also very refined. The transmission used in the 3 Series is the tried and tested 8-speed automatic that does wonders giving you the response you need at every gear.

The 340i comes with a bigger 3.0 liter twin turbo in-line six pumping out an impressive 320 hp and is one heck of an engine. The new 330e has an electric motor accompanying the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder from the 320i and puts out no lesser than 252 hp which is quite surprising in a hybrid saloon of its kind.

The motors from the 3 Series stable are well-engineered but the 2.0 liter unit from the 320i feels a bit underpowered since all its rivals push figures north of 200 hp. Sometimes, you wish that the attention to power in the 330e was also seen in the 320i...

In comparison to the A4, XE and C-Class, the 320i is also low on torque at 200lb-ft but thankfully the superb transmission makes things better so that its lag doesn' t feel dreadful at any point.

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
Starting MSRP $33,445 $39,500 $34,900 $36,000
Engine Type 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
Power (hp) 180 241 240 190
Torque (lb-ft) 200 273 251 236

Acceleration

The 320i goes to 60MPH in 7.1 seconds and it feels like a lifetime when compared to the XE' s 4.9 seconds. Both the A4 and C-Class also manage to get to 60 miles quicker than the Beemer. Furthermore, the acceleration figures of its rivals make you wish for better performance from the 320i.

The quarter mile is finished in 15.7 seconds which looks sluggish in comparison to the other cars in the segment despite having the same exact number of cylinders and volume under the hood...

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
0-60 MPH 7.1 seconds 6.2 seconds 4.9 seconds 6.8 seconds
Quarter Mile 15.7 seconds 14.7 seconds 16.6 seconds 15.2 seconds
Engine Displacement 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

Handling and Steering

For a sedan of its kind, the handling from the 320i is absolutely fine. And if you' re buying a 3 Series, chances are that you' re looking for driving pleasure more than practicality and space. The behavior of the 320i on corners is comparable to that of a lightweight sports car and it certainly triumphs over its rivals in this aspect.

The chassis is beautifully well balanced and tempts you to corner faster and harder with the confidence that the 320i can take it and then some. It might be the most inspiring car to drive in its segment and the closest competitor that handles just as good would be the XF but even the Jag is second to the steering feedback the 320i provides.

Braking

Braking capacity plays a major role in setting the safety standards in luxury sedans like the 320i and the competition is neck and neck here. It comes to a standstill from 60MPH in a decent 123 ft., the same as the Jag but falls short to the A4' s 105 ft. The 320i does fare better here than the C-Class that takes 131 ft. to come to a complete stop.

The brakes in the front are 12.3 inches in diameter and the ones the rear are 11.8 inches which explains the appreciable braking distance from the Beemer.

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
Front Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in) 12.3 13 12.8 12.4
Rear Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in) 11.8 11.8 12.8 12.8
60-0 MPH (feet) 123 131 123 105

2017 BMW 3 Series Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The ideal choice for someone who would be looking for maximum fuel economy from the 3 Series would be the hybrid 330e but the 320i offers promising figures in this department as well. The combined fuel economy is 28 miles to the gallon and that' s 23 MPG in the city and an excellent 35 MPG on the highway.

The figures are on par with the Merc and much better than the XE' s 24MPG but the A4 ended up topping those three at 31 MPG and the exact fuel economy figures offered can be seen below:

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
City (MPG) 23 24 21 27
Highway (MPG) 35 34 30 37
Combined (MPG) 28 28 24 31

2017 BMW 3 Series Interior

8.0/10

BMW interiors are never overly ornate and the interior of the new BMW 3 Series is simple, elegant and minimalistic in design. -kbb

Seating and Comfor

The 3 Series excels in the amount of comfort and support the seats in the front and the rear provide to a total of five passengers ready to be transported by this car. The headroom on the inside is very welcoming to even the tallest of passengers. There' s a proportionate mix of quality materials and leather which is bound to make you feel right at home.

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front Head Room (in) 40.3 37.1 38.2 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42 41.7 44.3 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.7 57.2 55.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.7 36.9 37.0 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 35.1 33.4 35.0 35.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 55.0 55.0 54.5

Interior features

  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • 6-way/14-way adjustable front seats
  • Harman/Kardon audio system
  • 8.3 inch infotainment screen
  • USB and Auxiliary input
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay
  • BMW Heads-up display (optional)

Infotainment System

The interior of the 3 Series is the shining example of what BMW has accomplished with the 3 Series because it simply is the best in the business even after six long years of the F30 being in production.

It' s comfortable and very well-appointed. The high-quality interior features BMW' s ConnectedDrive system with an 8.8 inch flat screen, while the satellite navigation offers some of the best 3D graphics in the segment. The clarity of the reversing camera and sound quality of the Harman/Kardon system is second to none.

Apple Car Play is also available via the infotainment screen which is very convenient to use from the driver' s point of view and responds quickly to your commands.

Cargo Volume

The 3 Series may not be the class leader when it comes to cargo space but it does offer a satisfactory 13 ft^3 of space which is much more than what the Merc offers and is on par with the Audi. The class leader here is the 2017 Jaguar XE which offers a generous space of 14.7 ft^3 in the boot.

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
Trunk Volume (ft3) 13 12.6 14.7 13

2017 BMW 3 Series Exterior

7.8/10

This is simply one of the most attractive cars on the road. With short overhangs and a low, wide stance, the 2017 BMW 3 Series just looks athletic. -kbb

Dimensions and weight

Since the F30 3 series has been around for almost six years now, it feels a little outdated and doesn' t bleed luxury like the 2017 Audi A4 or the classy Jaguar XE but it sure has a bold, muscular stance that doesn' t look half bad...

The 320i has a curb weight of 3295 lbs. making it the lightest in its class which plays the role of making it handle very well on corners.

  2017 BMW 3-Series 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Audi A4
Length (in) 182.5 184.5 183.9 186.1
Width (in) 71.3 71.3 72.8 72.5
Height (in) 56.3 56.8 55.8 56.2
Wheelbase (in) 110.6 111.8 111.6 111
Ground Clearance (inch.) 5.5 4.4 4.3 6.29
Base Curb Weight (lbs.) 3295 3417 3350 3450
Track Width, Front (in) 60.3 61.5 62.9 61.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.9 60.9 62.9 61.2

Exterior Features:

  • LED Fog lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Power folding side mirrors
  • Shadow line exterior trim (340i)
  • 2 way Power Glass sunroof ('Moonroof' )
  • Interval wipers

2017 BMW 3 Series Safety

6.9/10

Safety

Regardless of the trim you choose, the 3 Series offers a number of world-class safety features that make it one of the safest luxury sedans in the market. Here is a list of safety features available in the 2017 BMW 3 Series:

  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS)
  • Front-passenger-seat-occupation recognition with Passenger's Airbag Off indicator
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger

NHTSA rating

Overall Rating 5 star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 5 star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 star
Side Barrier Rating 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 star
Rollover Rating 5 star

IIHSA rating

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front Passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

2017 BMW 3 Series Competition

BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 C-Class is one of the best alternatives to the 3 Series due to the fact that it has learnt a thing or two from the Bavarian only to aim for its throne in the luxury sedan market.

Under the hood, there' s a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine much like the 320i but this makes more power, 241 hp to be exact and much more torque at 273 lb-ft. The 0-60 MPH run is completed in a respectable 6.2 seconds it also happens to be a better car to look at. (The 3 Series is in trouble...)

There is certain numbness when it comes to the driving feel of the C-Class which makes it less fun to drive than the 320i but is engaging enough for a car of its size. The C200 is more expensive than the 320i at $39,500 but you get a well-packaged luxury sedan capable of beating it.

BMW 3 Series vs Jaguar XE

The XE is Jaguar' s hope of doubling annual sales and hope is good because it has made this Brit a magnificent car bagging awards all over the globe for its performance, safety and ingenuity.

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder that pumps out a very healthy 240hp and 251 lb-ft. The XE is lethally quick as it completes the 0-60 MPH run in just 4.9 seconds and handles like a dream too.

The pricing is perfect at $34,900 as it lands right in the middle of the C-Class and the A4 but is slightly more expensive than the 320i but some might say it' s very well worth the extra dough...

BMW 3 Series vs Audi A4

First introduced in 1994, the A4 is Audi' s version of a luxury sedan ready to battle with the likes of the 320i. It could easily be the best looking car here but it' s more than just a pretty face. Very well-equipped and efficient, the A4 may be just a little more tempting to go for compared to the Beemer.

It comes with a similar 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo motor but pumps out more than the 320i at 190 hp and 236 lb-ft. of torque. The run to 60MPH is completed in 6.8 seconds, three-tenths-of-a-second quicker than the BMW and handles well around corners.

The A4 starts off at $36,000 and is a lot more expensive than the 3 Series but it also happens to be loaded with tech gizmos that the Bavarian just doesn' t have...

2017 BMW 3 Series Final Verdict

You don' t have be an engineer to realize that the competition has almost caught up with Beemer' s sedan legend. The drawbacks in performance and design in the 320i may be credited to the six-year production run and there' s a new 3 Series coming out in 2018 so there' s hope that it' ll get better.

Looking at the brighter side, it is an incredibly fun to drive sedan that offers tons of comfort, safety and practicality. So the shortcomings can be excused to a certain limit and because there are a number of things the 3 Series does better than its rivals, there' s no harm in going for one of these. We at Carhp.com agree...