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BMW 3 Series 320I Se 4Dr Step Auto [business Media] Petrol Saloon

Overview:

Mileage: 29,648
Trans: Automatic
Body: Saloon
Year: 15/15
Colour: White
Fuel Type: Petrol

Quote Reference Number: 0NI-504669

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Specification

Specification
Body Glass
Heated rear window with automatic switch off
Heated windscreen washer jets
Green tinted heat insulating glass
Rain sensor + automatic driving lights control
Electric front and rear windows with one touch/convenient open/close function
2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
Brakes
DSC+
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
ABS
Chassis/Suspension
Drive Performance Control
Driver Convenience
Push button starter
Driver Information
Check control system
On board computer
Lights on warning
Service interval indicator
Digital clock
Oil temperature gauge
Operation warning of all exterior lights
Outside temperature display
Run flat tyre indicator
Door/boot open warning light
On board diagnostics
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Navigation system Business advanced
BMW emergency call
BMW teleservices
Traffic message channel (TMC)
Driving Mirrors
Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Entertainment
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
CD Changer preparation
Exterior Body Features
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Shark fin roof aerial
Body colour roof mouldings
Chrome exhaust tailpipe
Front ornamental grille with black kidney bars and chrome bezel
Door sill finishers
Exterior Lights
Clear indicator lenses
Automatic headlight beam throw control
'Guide me home' headlamps
Brake force display
Daytime running lights
Dynamic brake lights
Front fog lights
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Dual Zone automatic air conditioning
Interior Features
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Front door storage bins with bottle holder
Leather handbrake grip
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Front and rear door armrests
Rear storage compartment in multifunction centre console with sliding cover
Folding front centre armrest + storage
Leather gear selector lever handle
Lockable glovebox
Leather gear knob
4 lashing points to secure luggage
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
2 x folding cupholders in instrument panel above glovebox
4 foldable grab handles - rear with clothes hook
Storage compartment in rear doors
12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
Interior Lights
Luggage compartment lighting
Indirect front interior illumination - soft-light function
Glovebox light
Automatic interior light soft on/soft off system
Safety
Front seat side impact airbags
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Seatbelt warning
3 point inertia reel seatbelts + pre-tensioners on outer rear seats
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Rear child proof door locks
Front and rear head airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Crash sensor
Twin horns
Driver and passenger airbags
Tyre pressure monitor
Seats
3 rear seat head restraints
Height adjustable front headrests
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Security
Automatic drive away locking facility
Centre lock switch
Electronic immobiliser
Central locking fuel filler cap
Remote control alarm
Key integrated remote control central locking
Transmission
Electronic differential lock
Vanity Mirrors
Driver and passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + slide cover
Wheels
Run-flat tyres
Low rolling resistance tyres

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Features

Manager Pic Jeff Aynsley, General Manager
Key Features
"Park Exchanged in for a brand new Infiniti this BMW 3 series boasts the excellent 8 speed automatic gear box and satellite navigation, with selectable drive modes allowing you to get the most out the 2.0 petrol engine."
Key Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Alloy Wheels
  • DAB Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Parking Sensors
  • Stop Start
  • CD Player
  • USB

Ten Second Review

The 3 Series is the heart of the BMW brand, responsible for one-fifth of the company's global sales and the benchmark against which every compact executive car measures itself. The bad news for the rest is that this sixth generation model lays down a challenge to which they're quite ill-equipped to respond, still the ultimate drivers' car in its sector but also the most logical business proposition, thanks to smarter powertrains and extra EfficientDynamics fuel-saving, emissions-reducing technologies. With the launch of the original saloon model, the range has filled our nicely, with Touring estate, Active Hybrid 3 and xDrive 4WD derivatives, as well as extra tempting engine and trim options. BMW looks to be holding a winning hand here.

Background

If you're a typical buyer in the badge-conscious sector for compact executive cars, you may think you've a pretty good understanding of BMW's 3 Series - that you understand what it represents. After all, we've had getting on for four decades of production and over 12 million examples have been sold worldwide of this, the most successful car of its kind. And yet, every time BMW launches another generation of this model, it's easy to be taken aback at just how far the Munich company has moved the game on. This sixth generation version, dubbed the 'F30' in BMW-speak, was launched in the Spring of 2012 and carried on its broad shoulders an almost unimaginable weight of expectation. This is a car the company just cannot afford to get wrong and one that must justify premium pricing with premium quality, extra equipment and ever-more efficient running costs. As well as continuing to set itself apart from its Audi and Mercedes rivals with outstanding driving dynamics thanks to its unique rear-driven layout. At a time when even executives are having to look at downsizing into smaller, more affordable high class models. A big ask? Well let's just say that it pays not to underestimate the 3 Series.

Driving Experience

Like all of the best driver's cars, this one will flatter the inexpert driver, yet has the depth of talent to reward the enthusiast. The basic formula here hasn't changed much. Front engine, rear wheel drive, and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution have defined the 3 Series to date and this one doesn't deviate too far from that script although BMW will, for the first time in the UK, also sell you a hybrid and even a line-up of xDrive all-wheel driven versions. But it's the standard rear driven layout that really marks this car out from its direct front-driven rivals. Super-effective traction and stability systems keep those back wheels in check so that if you're not a driving enthusiast, you'll notice no difference. But if you are, then the feeling of being pushed by the back wheels as you exit a bend never fails to offer up a great feeling of pleasure. Part of the reason is the car's Drive Performance Control system. It's available across the range and allows you to switch the car into different modes according to your mood. In standard form, it changes throttle response, engine mapping and, if you've an auto gearbox, the change parameters for that depending on your selection between efficiency-orientated 'ECO PRO', laid-back 'Comfort' and more assertive 'Sport' modes. Go for one of the 'Sport' models and you can have your car with a set of adaptive dampers so you can alter the ride to suit the road you're on and the mood you're in As for engines, well there are plenty of tempting options. All the volume four cylinder diesel models share a 2.0-litre diesel in different states of tune that delivers 116bhp in the 316d, 143bhp in the 318d and either 163 or 184bhp in the 320d. Petrol people meanwhile, get a choice of two engines. First, there's the 1.6-litre TwinPower unit from the 1 Series that offers 136bhp in the 316i or 170bhp in the 320i EfficientDynamics model. Then you've the impressive 2.0-litre petrol unit that offers up either 184bhp in a 320i variant that comes with either two or four-wheel drive - or as much as 245bhp if you go for the 328i. If you're wondering about six cylinder engines, well yes, you can talk to your dealer about those in either diesel or petrol form. The top 335i petrol unit develops a throaty 306bhp, while the 330d diesel puts out 258bhp and a massive 560Nm of torque. Finally, there's the option to go really hi-tech with the Active Hybrid 3 model. This uses BMW's TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in tandem with a 40kW (55hp) electric motor, to develop a combined 340hp and 450Nm of torque. The result is exceptional performance, reaching 62mph from zero in just 5.3 seconds

Design and Build

Here's a car that looks better in the metal than it does in pictures - really good in fact. Sit this sixth generation model next to its predecessor and it looks lower and more aggressive - longer too, by 93mm. The cabin seems quite minimalist at first, with many of the minor functions being marshalled by the iDrive controller but there are still plenty of buttons scattered around the dash. Nevertheless, it all looks agreeably elegant and the sweep of the dashboard roll top is a good deal sleeker than the rather ungainly double-bubble shape of this car's predecessor. The back seat always used to be the 3 Series weak spot, especially so when it was trying to take business away from huge mainstream medium range models like Ford's Mondeo. Just as well then, that this car offers noticeably more space in the rear. Take a seat here and you'll now find an extra 100mm more legroom. Pop the boot and you'll find 480-litres of fresh air but you will need to pay extra for the optional split/fold rear seats and the ski-hatch for longer items. Of course, if you are regularly going to be carrying bulky items, you'll be wanting to talk to your dealer about the Touring estate model. Its standard boot offers 495-litres, but push forward the split-folding rear bench and that can increase to as much as 1500-litres.

Market and Model

3 Series pricing sits mainly in the usual £25,000 to £35,000 bracket common to German compact executive saloons like this car, the Audi A4 and Mercedes' C-Class. If you want to talk to your dealer about the Touring estate, you'll need to allow the usual premium of around £1,200 on top of the price of your chosen variant. There's a £1,200 'price walk' between diesels - 316d to 318d to this 320d, a car that costs the same in 184bhp normal form as it does in 163bhp eco-conscious EfficientDynamics guise. Petrol-wise, there's a premium of just over £3,000 to pay for people wanting to graduate up from the 320i to a pokier 328i version of the same thing. Equipment-wise, even the least expensive variant sets its stall out with 17-inch alloy wheels, front foglamps, air-conditioning, Bluetooth compatibility for your mobile 'phone, a six-speaker BMW Professional radio with a 6.5-inch colour screen, USB compatibility and iDrive functionality, keyless starting, a trip computer, a leather three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, an alarm and hill start assist to stop you drifting backwards on uphill junctions. And of course, whichever model you choose, it's hard to resist a potentially ruinous exercise in box-ticking as there's just so much tempting extra equipment on offer. You don't need to be overly extravagant to tack another ten percent to the price of your car.

Cost of Ownership

For this MK6 model, the Munich brand has increased efficiency across the board by making the majority of the engines smaller and relying on turbocharging. A strategy to which has been added the use of more efficient electromechanical power steering, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand control of engine ancillary components, tyres with less rolling resistance and an Auto Stop-Start system that cuts the engine when it's not needed when you're stuck in urban traffic or waiting at the lights. On top of that, weight has been pared back, and aerodynamics have been improved to a figure as low as 0.26 thanks to features like the Aero Curtain which wraps the front wheels in their own cocoon of air to reduce turbulence. And the results of all this are very impressive. Take the 320d we tried as an example. Switch the Drive Performance Control rocker switch to 'ECO PRO' to change the engine mapping and focus all the ancillaries into power-saving mode and it'll return a combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 120g/km. Which is very close indeed to the returns you'll get from the lower-powered 316d and 318d 3 Series diesels that share basically the same engine. So whichever you decide upon, you can expect free road tax for the first year and just £30 a year thereafter. Choose the special 320d EfficentDynamics eco model and although power drops by 20PS over the ordinary 320d (to a still brisk 163PS), emissions also drop to 109g/km while fuel consumption nudges up to 68.9mpg. BMW also offers a 170bhp petrol 320i EfficientDynamics model which manages 53.3mpg and 124g/km. If you want a more powerful petrol 3 Series with still affordable fuel and CO2 returns, there's the hi-tech Active Hybrid 3 variant, which delivers a combined 340bhp, yet returns 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 139g/km.

Front and rear velour floor mats, Heated rear window with automatic switch off, DSC+, Drive Performance Control, Push button starter, Check control system, Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors, BMW professional radio/CD/MP3...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)7.3
Engine Power - BHP184
Engine Power - KW135
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT199
Engine Torque - MKG28
Engine Torque - NM270
Engine Torque - RPM1250
Top Speed146

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions
CO2 (g/km)142 (g/km)
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
Fuel Consumption
EC Combined (mpg)46.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)57.6
EC Urban (mpg)34.4

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