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BMW 3 SERIES SALOON SPECIAL EDITIONS

320d MHT M Sport Pro Edition 4dr Step Auto

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The BMW 3 Series gets wide-ranging improvements in seventh generation form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The BMW 3 Series Saloon has had an unparalleled reputation both for its quality, and supreme handling in the premium midsize segment for more than 40 years and this, the seventh generation, raises the bar even higher. When the first BMW 3 Series was launched in 1975, it revolutionised the segment and became the Munich maker's most successful car. Since then, over 15 million 3 Series models have been sold globally and this contender is regarded as the heartbeat of the brand. With revised styling, improved driving dynamics, better efficiency and innovative features, this seventh generation model aims to continue that success story. A stiffer more sophisticated platform with revised suspension, plus stronger safety standards, a more up-market cabin and wider-reaching media connectivity will all help in that regard.

Driving Experience

It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and 184hp 320i. The 320i's same 2.0-litre engine's also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. At the top of the range, the road burning M3 Competition saloon also has a 3.0-litre twin turbo six cylinder petrol engine, this one developing 503hp. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.1s (or just 6.8s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an optional M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering. This is standard on the M340i ad the M3 Competition.

Design and Build

This seventh generation 3 Series model has had its proportions radically revised. The MK7 design is 85mm longer than its predecessor and 16mm wider, but just 1mm taller. Added to that, its wheelbase has been extended by 41mm and its track widths are wider too. As usual, there'll be saloon and Touring estate body styles. At the front, the large BMW kidney grille elements are framed by a single surround and split up by wide bars and link to the headlight units. The Munich brand's customary twin headlights feature the familiar two-way split that is further emphasised by an eye-catching notch in the front apron that rises into the headlight contour. The bonnet has four contour lines leading to the BMW kidney grille. A pair of character lines rise to the rear of the car at door-handle level and a contour line near the side skirts guides the eye to the sculpted rear wheel arches. There's the usual 'Hofmeister kink' near the rear C- pillar. And at the rear, slim, darkened light units house L-shaped taillights. Inside, the instrument panel has a modern, light look with horizontal lines, high quality electroplated trim strips and contours that extend into the doors. The newly-designed instrument cluster and Control Display form a large surfaced screen grouping, while the controls not included in these units are arranged into clearly structured function panels. Your dealer will also be keen to tell you about this MK7 model's clever 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice-activated infotainment system that responds to the prompt "Hey BMW".

Market and Model

When you pause to consider that one product line - the 3 Series saloon - accounts for fully a quarter of BMW's global sales, you begin to appreciate quite how much there is riding on this car. Pricing starts at around £31,000 for the 318i petrol; or around £33,000 for the 318d diesel - with a premium of around £2,800 more for the xDrive system. You'll need a budget of nearly £40,000 for the 330e PHEV petrol model. Across the range, for the prices being asked, you now get quite a lot, with even base 'SE' trim now featuring kit like Extended LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colour settings, a reversing camera, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. All 3 Series models benefit from 40:20:40 split folding rear seats and folding rear headrests as standard. The entry model features a leather Sport steering wheel and BMW Live Cockpit plus, with its 8.8-inch central instrument cluster. There's a slightly more dynamic-looking mid-range 'Sport' model but if budget permits, you'll probably want to stretch up to top 'M Sport' trim. This gives you a body kit, sports seats, an M leather steering wheel and the new 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' dash package, which gives you a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.3-inch central instrument cluster and BMWs brand new ID7 operating system.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has concentrated on improving the efficiency of the 3 Series and there are benefits right across the board. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 60.1mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 122g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 44.1mpg and up to 145g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid which can deliver up to 217mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 return of as little as 30g/km.. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

'More where you need more and less where you want less - otherwise leave well alone' seems to be the mantra of this seventh generation BMW 3 Series. If BMW wanted to build a model that would convert those who didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, then this MK7 design probably isn't that car. Its appeal is largely the same. If, on the other hand, you're crunching hard numbers, then it's hard to see this Munich maker's much improved mid-sized executive model coming off second best to anything in its division. The class-leading rear-wheel drive driving dynamics are merely the icing on the cake. Beneath the styling changes and interior upgrades are some serious engineering updates. A new family of petrol engines and big changes to the diesel powerplants come winging in, delivering unprecedented performance/economy combinations. The 3 Series has changed a lot about the way we buy cars in this class, continually forcing its rivals to play catch up. This one's no different. As you were, people.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions129.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed149mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • BMW service history
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service
  • iDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Recovery system
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
  • Variable sport steering

Entertainment

  • DAB tuner
  • Electronic service booklet

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Black mirror caps
  • Black roof mouldings
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • BMW Unique paint
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Fading support
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right
  • M rear spoiler
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Sun protection glass
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sport seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring

Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Dry braking
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • Hill start assist
  • M Seatbelts
  • M Sport braking system
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation

Technical

  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
  • Stroke dependent dampers

Wheels

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    107
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    128

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1995
  • Compression Ratio
    16.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90
  • Engine Code
    B47D20O1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    57.6

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    190
  • Based On ID
    92558
  • Coin Description
    d MHT
  • Coin Series
    M Sport Pro Edition
  • Generation Mark
    7
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    32E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    76
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    190
  • Engine Power - KW
    140
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    149

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 791M
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1435
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4709
  • Wheelbase
    2851
  • Width
    1827
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2068

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    59
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2140
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    480
  • Max. Loading Weight
    600
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1540
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"2 months ago"

Alun Davies

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"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"4 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"5 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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