2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon

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2017 MODEL

Detailed Review

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon is another fine addition to BMW's 3 series production line and tops the list of luxury car lovers.

With a base price of $42,950, the 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon is one of the bestselling cars in its class showcasing an artistic blend of refinement and performance being reason enough to not be tempted by it. The 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon is prone to very few compromises and doesn't fail to maintain a balance between the sporty feel and comfort, it isn't claustrophobic in spite of being compact and the engine is very efficient along with being powerful.


8.6/10
Features

 
 
 

7.4/10
Interior

 
 

8.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

Under the hood of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon is a 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Turbocharged engine driving power to its 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Features

8.6/10

The refreshed 3 Series Wagon comes in two trims. Both have the same 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Turbocharged engine; while the 330i xDrive is gasoline based, the 328d xDrive is diesel based. The 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard in both the trims.

the similar 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Turbocharged engine; while the 330i xDrive is gasoline based, the 328d xDrive is diesel based. The 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard in both the trims.

Trim

330i xDrive

328d xDrive

MSRP

$42,950

$44,450

Key

Features

1 LCD Monitor In The Front

Audio Theft Deterrent

Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off LED Brake lights
Radio with steering mounted controls Similar radio as the 330i xDrive
Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
Sports Leather Steering Wheel Window Grid Diversity Antenna
Hi-Fi Sound System Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

We Recommend

The 330i xDrive which is just $2.5K more expensive than the base variant makes the best deal as its only a little more expensive but gets additional features which are good returns for your money.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Engine

The 2017 BMW 3 Series' turbocharged engines are typically overachievers, and the eight-speed automatic is always on point with exquisitely curated shifts. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 3-Series Wagon derives its power from the new 2-liter 16 valve 4 cylinder turbocharged engine and generates a horsepower of 248 at 5200 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1450 rpm which is a massive improvement than its previous version, the 328i.

The 8-speed manually shiftable automatic transmission is always to the point in terms of its exquisite shifting and perfectly complements its powerful engine without any unnecessary delays.

Models

BMW 330i xDrive

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

Volvo V60 T5

MSRP

$42,950

$44,000

$36,150

Engine

2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Turbocharged

2.0L DOHC 4-Cylinder TFSI 16V 

2.0L 16V Inline 4-Cylinder Turbo Drive-E

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

252 hp @ 5000 rpm

240 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

The Audi A4 Allroad Premium is seen to have the better and more engine than its other two rivals, with an output of 252 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque at 1600 rpm. While the 3-Series Wagon and V60 share a similar torque of 258 pound-feet, the Volvo which has 240 horsepower at 5600 rpm.

Acceleration

The 2-liter turbocharged engine and the 8-speed automatic transmission of the little BMW Wagon impress the driver with an amazing acceleration. 0 to 60 mph comes up in just 5.5 seconds with negligible turbo-lag and linear power delivery.

Models

BMW 330i xDrive

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

Volvo V60 T5

0-60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.9 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.2 sec

14.3 sec

15.5 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.7

7.1

6.1

The Audi, with an initial time of 5.9 seconds for 0 to 60 mph, falls behind the BMW by just a few milliseconds in the quarter mile distance. As for the Volvo, it has a disappointing acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and also lags behind while covering a quarter mile in 15.5 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The 3 Series Wagon has graceful handling in spite of its added bulk over the regular 3-series sedan. Be it on curves or on the long stretches of the roads, you’ll never feel nervous handling this beast. It offers plenty of steering response, and the accuracy makes this car even more lovable.

The interiors remain quiet even when cruising at high speeds, a testament to the German build quality. You need not bother about bumps or potholes, the Beemer makes sure the passengers are comfortable at all times.

Braking

With 12.3-inch front brake discs and 11.8-inch rear brake discs, the 330i Wagon has very effective and efficient braking. The bite isn’t abrupt and the car comes to a halt from 60 mph in 123 feet. These figures are for all-season tires though, which are less grippy.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

Volvo V60 T5

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

13.3

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

13.0

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3780

3825

3670

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

119

130

With the biggest front and rear brake discs, the Audi A4 has the best braking stats, without letting its heavy curb weight to be a concern. The Volvo has the weakest braking stats of 60 to 0 mph, at 130 feet in spite, despite being the lightest among the lot.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Fuel Economy

Being a four-cylinder car, the 330i  Wagon is very fuel efficient and has top of the class economy ratings which further encourages driving. The BMW has an impressive fuel economy of 23 mpg in the cities, 33 mpg in the highways and 26 mpg combined, which is actually pretty decent given its powerful performance.

 Model

BMW 330i xDrive

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

Volvo V60 T5

MPG (city)

23

23

25

MPG (highway)

33

28

36

MPG (combined)

26

25

29

In spite of its poor performance and acceleration, V60 Volvo compensates with the best fuel economy ratings as it tops the efficiency stats in cities, highways and combined - 25, 36 and 29 mpg respectively. Audi offers a similar economy figures in its Allroad Wagon.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Interior

7.4/10

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. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

BMW's little Wagon has an attractive interior setting with a spacious rear passenger seating area. The driver’s seat has a lot of adjustment settings, the legroom for backseat passengers in very generous.

Model BMW 330i xDrive Audi A4 Allroad Premium Volvo V60 T5
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.4/55.1/42.0 39.2/55.9/41.3 38.7/57.0/41.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.3/55.1/35.0 37.4/54.5/35.7 37.6/55.2/33.5

The Volvo has the least headroom while the Audi lacks in legroom. As for the rear passengers, the BMW again boasts the most spacious headroom while the Audi has the most legroom although it has the least headroom. The Volvo, on the other hand, lags behind in legroom.

Interior Features

  • 10-way power adjustable driver and passenger seat
  • Driver seat thigh extension
  • Split folding rear seatback
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • External temperature display
  • Audio, cruise and transmission controls on an electric power steering
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment System

BMW have laced the 3-series with their iDrive infotainment system is the most significant one. It also offers the following features.

  • 2 subwoofers and 9 speakers with 205-watt stereo output          
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • USB with external media control
  • AM/FM Radio

The infotainment has a knob-controlled system and a simplified menu that is more intuitive and improved on-screen graphics.

Cargo Capacity

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon offers a very versatile cargo space of 53 cubic feet and with an option of split folding rear seatbacks, the volume increases exponentially.

Model BMW 330i xDrive Audi A4 Allroad Premium Volvo V60 T5
Cargo Volume behind 3rd row (ft.3) 17.5 24.2 28
Cargo Volume with 3rd row folded (ft.3) 53.0 58.5 43.8

The Volvo has the largest cargo space with the 3rd row up, followed by the Audi. However, when you fold the last row seats, the Audi is the most spacious with 58.5 cubic feet, the next being the BMW with 53 cubic feet and lastly the Volvo falling behind with 43.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Exterior

The BMW 3-Series is dressed for dinner with the parents. The sharp exterior was updated for 2016 and carries on this year, still sharp. The grille and headlights were made bigger slightly and the back end is more distinctive than before.- The Car Connection

​​​​​​Dimensions and Weight

The lovers of luxury compact cars will surely appreciate the 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon’s lean, long and good-looking appearance.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

Volvo V60 T5

Curb weight (lbs.)

3780

3825

3670

Length(in)

178.6

187.0

182.5

Width(in)

71.5

72.5

73.4

Height(in)

56.5

58.8

58.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.7

6.5

5.4

Wheelbase (in)

108.7

110.9

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

59.1/60.2

62.1/61.7

62.1/62.0

The 3 Series Wagon is shortest in length, width, height, and wheelbase and track width along with being the second heaviest in the group. The A4 Allroad is the heaviest, longest, tallest and has the most ground clearance and wheelbase. Lastly, the V60 T5 is the lightest and has the least ground clearance with all the other aspects fairly balanced.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Safety

8.5/10

The BMW provides the 3-Series Wagon with plenty of safety features like the automated emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Safety Features

  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency SOS
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts-inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

NHTSA Ratings

Overall rating

5-star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4-star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

4-star

Overall side crash rating

5-star

Side barrier rating

5-star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5-star

Combined side rating rear seat

5-star

Rollover rating

5-star

Side barrier rating driver

5-star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5-star

Combined side rating front seat

5-star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5-star

 

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Competition

BMW 3 Series Wagon vs Audi A4 Allroad Premium

Although it’s not much of an off-road car, the Audi is competent for all weather transportations. The 2-liter turbocharged engine with a horsepower of 252, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive makes it a comfortable choice for the buyers. It’s a fine cruiser on the highway and manages to handle country roads decently with its Off-road mode.

It does lag behind from it in terms of acceleration and fuel economy. All in all, it’s a tough and competitive wagon when compared to the equivalent 3 Series.

BMW 3 Series Wagon vs Volvo V60 T5

The sloping roofline and handsome style of the V60 makes it more of a hatchback than a mainstream wagon. It has a 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission; an optional 2 liter 4 cylinder turbo and supercharged engine are also available with an increased horsepower output of 302.

When compared to the BMW, it fails in engine performance, acceleration and braking. It does compensate with best fuel economy ratings and roomy cargo area. It still needs some tweaking to in order to put up a stronger competition.

2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon Final Verdict

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon is all you can for in a package of enormous power, performance, comfort, and practicality. It outperforms some its rivals quite easily and hence, it can be aptly concluded that the 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon is the clear option for a luxury compact car and the BMW trademark is always trustworthy.

Pros

Fine balance of sharp handling and ride quality

Engine offers a package of power, fuel efficiency and smoothness

Interior is spacious and top-class with user-friendly and logical controls

Classic BMW appearance and responsive chassis

Cons

Limited storage for personal items

Rear quarters are tight

Optional add-ons are very expensive

Intrusive automatic start-stop system

What's New?

A powerful gasoline inline four engine in its 330i trim and replacing its former name from 328i

Four-cylinder base diesel engine is unchanged

Apple CarPlay integration and wireless device charging now come in new stand-alone options

IDrive infotainment interface has been upgraded to the latest version.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42950

bodystyle

5dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

149 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 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

108.7 in.

length

178.6 in.

width

71.5 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3780 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

17.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/33 mpg

highway range

521.4 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 Wagon in Platinum Silver Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Mineral White Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Mineral Gray Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Melbourne Red Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Mediterranean Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Jet Black color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Jatoba Brown Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon in Imperial Blue Metallic color
Platinum Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.6

Interior

7.4

Safety

8.5

Driving

9.1

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW 3 Series Wagon 330i xDrive SULEV

330i xDrive SULEV

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

$42,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
330i xDrive SULEV 5dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $42,950 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 NA

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