Yes, the BMW 3 Series is a good luxury small car. Performance is still its ultimate calling card, defined by confident handling and swift acceleration. The base model offers excellent fuel economy, while the M3 – the king of the lineup – is built to be track-ready.
The 2014 BMW 3 Series earns a four out of five for reliability from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s a better score than most cars, particularly the 3 Series’ classmates.
The 2014 320i sedan has a 180-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW 328i sedans have a 240-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and either the six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
Other standard features offered for the BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport include Active Cruise Control and a BMW Head-Up Display. These are new features that will further enhance safety.
The cabin of the 2014 BMW 3-Series receives praise from test drivers for its modern design and high-end materials. Though some think a few of the sedan’s materials could be more sociable, they agree that the 3-Series has a well-built interior, and they like the multiple ways buyers can tailor the inside to their preferences. Reviewers like the amount of passenger space in the 3-Series, saying it is comfortable even in the back seat, which isn’t always the case in this class.
The base-model seats are comfortable and supportive, while the purpose-built seats in the sports packages are even more so. The rear legroom is particularly impressive. If rear-seat accommodations are a priority, you won’t find a more spacious backseat in the entry-luxury car class.