The BMW 3 Series 2019
For more than 44 years BMW has produced more than 15 million examples of the 3 Series. It was about a minute and a half … for more than four decades.
And the latest, seventh generation version of what the famous German manufacturer defines as the brand’s “heart and soul” has landed in Australia.
The new ‘3’ is longer and wider. It is also claimed to be aerodynamically sleek, up to 55 kg lighter, more fuel efficient and faster.
And it will need every advantage it can muster to overcome its conquering rival, the conquering Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
With a length of just over 4.7m, the new 3 Series has an overall length of 76mm but that size is still 200mm more than the next-sized 5 Series sibling.
External design changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. You will never mistake this car for anything other than the BMW 3 Series.
But even if the face is familiar, the aerodynamic effect is outstanding. BMW admits the Cd reached 0.23 was achieved with a base model running on 17-inch wheels (not provided here), but even if the larger rim beats a few fractions, that’s still a Great results for a conventional four-door vehicle.
The big contributors are a full-width front spoiler, ‘curtain management’ airflow around each corner of the nose, which virtually seals off the largest areas under the car and side diffuser. following function.
The signature grille has evolved and is delivered as a single piece, with operating shutters incorporated to manage the cooling air flow through the engine. Double adaptive LED headlights (standard on all models) have a sharp notch at their bottom edge, a big clue for the new model spotters.
The wide, carefully managed surface characterizes the bonnet and ribs, with a characteristic line just above the door handle that enhances its confident height.
The slightly smoked L-shaped LED taillights sit proudly on the body, and 18-inch alloys are standard on the 320d, stepping up 19 seconds on the 330i.
The interior has been redesigned with revised controls and new materials, including an ‘aluminum teragon’ finish on the dashboard and dashboard in the M Sport.
As you can see in our interior images, it has been significantly cleaned and simplified, although it will still be immediately recognized by current BMW drivers.
The highlight is a configurable 12.3-inch configurable ‘Live cockpit Professional’ digital instrument display (upgraded directly from the X5), a new 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen and display screen. standard marketing (larger).
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The longer wheelbase (+ 41mm) has helped increase cabin space and rear room specific.
Plenty of storage is provided with a large flap box between the front seats as well as two large cupholders in a recessed part at the front of the gearbox (which can be closed with a curled-up lid).
The glove box is large and there are large bins in the doors with separate compartments for full size bottles.
Spacious rear leg room. At 183cm, behind my own driving position, there’s plenty of fresh air between the knee and the seat, with plenty of leg room to boot.
The headroom is more marginal with a straight back leading to a bonce / roof interface. But there’s an adjustable rear vent, double cup in a central armrest that folds down, and holds the big bottle at the entrance. Multiple USB ports (Type A and Type C) and 12-volt power outlets are provided for front and rear.
Boot space provides 480 liters of luggage space with 40/20/40 folding rear seats to increase cargo flexibility. Local towing capacity has yet to be confirmed, but the specified rating (Europe) for both models is 750kg for an unlimited trailer and 1600kg to be braked.
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Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Prices for the two models’ launch lineup start at just under $ 67,900 before on-road costs for the 320d, rising to $ 70,990 for the 330i.
That means it still faces comparable Merc C-Class models and other premium mid-size rivals like the Audi A4, Jaguar XE and Lexus IS.
Given that many of Australia’s previous 3 Series models have been built in South Africa, it’s fair to ask where the BMW Series 3 was made and that the answer this time is Germany.
And the list of standard features is long, including ‘Adaptive LED headlights’ (with ‘High beam assist’), fog lights and LED tail lights, electrically adjustable external rear-view mirrors and heated (electric folding function), rain sensor Wipers, three-zone climate control, electrically adjustable sport front seats (with memory function for driver and front passenger), electric charging Wireless smartphone, ‘Tetragon Aluminum’ interior finish, 12.3 ” BMW Live Cockpit Professional ‘digital instrument display,’ Professional navigation system ‘with technical touch screen The 10.25-inch number also manages a 10-speaker audio system, capacity of 205 watts, including a 20 GB hard drive and DAB + digital radio. Apple CarPlay is included.
In addition, there is ‘BMW TeleService’ participating in ‘ConnectedDrive’ (free use of media applications via ‘BMW Online’), real-time traffic information and ‘Guide service’. The ‘BMW Smart Personal Assistant’ responds to the command “Hey BMW” with a range of hands-free functions such as navigation, calls and text. We have successfully challenged this friendly PA.
The default M Sport trim set includes 18-inch ‘M Double-speak’ lightweight alloy wheels, BMW Personal Black glossy ‘Shadow Line’ handle on window frames and ambient air, package ‘ M Aerodynamics’ (front and rear bumper and side sills), Alcantara / Sensatec (vinyl) (black with contrasting blue stitching), Anthracite BMW headlights and M leather steering wheel (with multi-function buttons).
Free ‘Luxury Line’ treatments on ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery, gray brown wood interior trim, sports leather steering wheel, dashboard trim on Sensatec and standard sport seats Standard for driver and front passenger.