The BMW 3 Series is a great car and a favorite around a BMW performance shop. These cars are fun to drive because they have an excellent handling system. Every year between 2015 and 2022, a newer version of the BMW 3 series was released. Here is a little about each version to help you decide which is right for you.
BMW 3 Series 2015
The 2015 version is a well-rounded luxury car with a lot of sporty driving character. This sports sedan handles well and comes in many varieties to appeal to all drivers. Some of the options buyers can choose to include:
- Sedan or wagon
- Rear- or all-wheel drive
- Regular gasoline, diesel, or hybrid-electric motor
The 2015 model was the first to introduce Bluetooth audio connectivity in standard models. Other optional features available in some lines include built-in navigation, a sunroof, and heated front seats. All lines come with an interior that feels luxurious, the controls are easy to understand, and the seating feels spacious.
Some of the less desirable parts of the 2015 BMW 3 Series are that the hybrid version isn’t as efficient as other cars and future models. The regular gasoline and diesel engines are powerful and fuel-efficient though. Also, the automatic stop-start system feels intrusive, which bothers some drivers.
BMW 3 Series 2016
In 2016, the BMW 3 series saw good and bad changes. The engines were beefed up to 180-444 horsepower, depending on the type you buy, giving it a more muscular feel. It is also worth noting that the handling and fuel economy were both improved over the 2015 version. With roomier backseats, even adults can feel comfortable sitting in the back.
This car has all the previous features and options, with a drive train available in all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. LED headlights are also offered now with remote updates available to the navigation system.
The biggest drawback is still the stop-start system which did not see enough improvement from the 2015 version. Something that keeps this car from having a higher rating is the below-average reliability found in other small luxury cars.
BMW 3 Series 2017
The BMW 3 Series in 2017 came with a new four-cylinder engine that required a name change. Instead of 328i, it has been changed to 330i and has more power than previous versions. Some of the other new changes to the 2017 model include:
- Wireless device charging
- Apple CarPlay integration
- Upgraded iDrive infotainment interface
While the handling and ride quality is improved, some riders still want it a little smoother. The space for small item storage is reduced from the 2016 model which is a drawback. A spacious cabin is still a big benefit to this car though.
BMW Series 3 2018
The 2018 version is very similar to the 2017 version since only minor adjustments were made between them. This luxury sports sedan is still sporty feeling, features a powerful engine, and provides sharp handling with improved ride quality. This is a great all-around car that has great fuel economy.
The lowest rated area of the BMW Series 3 in 2018 is the utility. With a lack of small-item storage, many drivers find it inconvenient to ride in. The trunk size is expanded a little and there are three rear seats that all feature child safety seat accommodations. Standard versions of this car come with a 6.5-inch iDrive display which feels a little too small. The luxury upgrade version is 8.8 inches, which may be worth the extra cost.
BMW Series 3 2019
If you are looking for a fun car to drive, the 2019 version of the BMW Series 3 is a great option. Simple and intuitive controls from years past have been upgraded to make them even easier to use than before. A fun feature is that the driving dynamics feel livelier and sportier than previous models too.
The real drawback to this model is that the interior doesn’t feel as high-end or luxurious as other cars in the same class. While the exterior is beautiful and classy, the fully redesigned interior just falls short. The fuel efficiency is less efficient in the 2019 version versus the 2017 model.
Buyers love that the overall cost of this car is reasonable and worth the cost.
BMW Series 3 2020
The biggest improvement in the 2020 version of the BMW Series 3 is more features are available in the standard model. Some of the notable differences include forward collision warning, navigational systems, automatic emergency braking, and Android Auto. While the sports wagon and Gran Turismo body styles were discontinued, the M340i joined the lot with more benefits drivers love.
Drawbacks for this version include:
- Inconsistent tech features
- Less extravagant interior
- Infotainment system that is less user friendly
Overall, this is still a great car to own with a smooth drive and stunning exterior.
Customizing Your Car at a BMW Performance Shop
While the BMW Series 3 vehicles are great cars from any year, there are always ways to increase their appeal. Taking your car to a BMW performance shop is a great way to add better performance software to improve the driving experience.
A BMW performance shop can also make small adjustments to help improve safety by solving excessive torque points, increasing power, and preventing engine and catalyst failure. Doing a little work to the car can make this car your favorite for years to come.