2016 BMW 3 Series

2016 BMW 3 Series

2016 BMW 3 Series


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 34 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 180 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The BMW 3-Series is a family of sporty sedans and wagons sized at what would be considered a compact car in the U.S. The 2016 BMW 3-Series Sedans and Sports Wagon models are built on a platform that made its debut with the 2012 model. Across its entire lineup, the 3-Series models stand out for being athletic, responsive and fun to drive, as well as more fuel-efficient than most other alternatives. The F30 redesign brought more back-seat space and cargo space to sedans, as well as a more sophisticated and isolated ride. M3 models, meanwhile, continue to be one of the most practical high-performance cars on the market.

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What's New For 2016

The BMW 3-series gets a mid-cycle refresh in 2016. Revised front and rear styling looks a little bit sharper, while upgraded suspension and a redesigned electronic power steering system help aid handling. The biggest news for 2016 however, is the introduction of the 340i, which replaces the 335i at the top of the standard 3-series hierarchy. The new name hints at a more powerful engine, with the 340i making about 20 more horsepower than the old 335i did. Other changes for 2016 include a newly available track handling package on the regular 3-series as well as LED headlights on the ultra-sporty M3.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 BMW 3 Series

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Satellite Radio Preparation
    • Hi-Fi Sound System
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Regular Amplifier
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Anti-Theft AM/FM/HD Stereo CD/MP3 Player
  • Exterior Features
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Chrome Grille
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Tires: P225/55R17 AS
    • Wheels: 17" x 8.0" Light Alloy V-Spoke (Style 395)
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Interior Lock Disable
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • SensaTec Leatherette Upholstery
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Tracker System
    • Hands-Free Bluetooth & USB Audio Connection
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Air Filtration
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-Cylinder 16V DOHC
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic w/STEPTRONIC
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 3.38 Axle Ratio
    • 90-Amp/Hr 900CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
    • Regenerative 170 Amp Alternator
    • 4505# Gvwr 900# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 900
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 170
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 180 @ 5000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 200 @ 1250
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 110.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.3
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.7
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 34
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - BMW 3 Series
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/55VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/55VR17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 205
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.71
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.14
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.11
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.67
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.28
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.29
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.38
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.5
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3450
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 8
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 BMW 3 Series Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Black Sapphire Metallic Glacier Silver Metallic Imperial Blue Metallic Mediterranean Blue Metallic Melbourne Red Metallic Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Imperial Blue Metallic
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Gray Metallic

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The BMW 3 Series has grown and softened in recent years, but all the cars in the series have dynamics expected from a BMW. The rear-wheel-drive versions are the best. They also get excellent fuel mileage.

There are a lot of 3 Series variants, with different powertrains and body styles, including wagon, sedan and hatchback Gran Turismo. There is also a coupe and a convertible, but they are labeled 4 Series.

The 2016 BMW 3 Series gets some updates. The taillights and headlights have been given distinctive light signatures, air intakes are wider, and fascias and bumpers at both ends have been slightly reshaped, while the nose has been raised a bit to meet safety standards for pedestrians. It’s a bit more aggressive looking.

The BMW 320i sedan competes with the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the Audi A3 sedan.

The BMW 320i uses a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that’s tuned to make 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. That same engine powers the BMW 328i, but it’s tuned to make a spirited 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque in that car. If it’s high mileage you want, the BMW 328d brings it, with a four-cylinder turbodiesel that makes 180 horsepower but more significantly a beefy 280 pound-feet of torque. At the top of the power heap there’s the BMW 340i, using a new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder making 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.

The all-wheel-drive BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon uses the 240-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter, while the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon uses the turbodiesel.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo is a five-door hatchback that’s about eight inches longer and three inches taller, on a wheelbase that’s four inches longer. All Gran Turismo models come with all-wheel drive. The BMW 328i Gran Turismo uses the 240-hp 2.0-liter, while the BMW 335i Gran Turismo uses the 3.0-liter inline-6 making 300 horsepower. The Gran Turismo is a relatively new invention, a BMW that’s heavier and softer, and feels it. It trades away traditional BMW response for family values.

Rear-wheel drive comes standard on all sedans, with xDrive all-wheel drive available. The standard transmission is an 8-speed automatic, but a 6-speed manual, just for fun, is available at the same price for the 320i, 328i, 340i, and 340i xDrive.


The BMW 3 Series runs the gamut from 320i sedan ($33,150) to 340i xDrive sedan ($47,800).

Standard equipment is sparse on the 320i. But option packages are abundant.


The styling of the 3 Series is classic and sporty, never flashy. The sedan is long and sleek looking, with a rising tail that doesn’t pinch the greenhouse. The beltline does not climb toward a wedge.

The big hatchback Gran Turismo is part fastback, part wagon and part crossover, with an open greenhouse and rear spoiler.


There’s good room for front occupants and cargo, but it’s a little tight for adults in the rear. The dashboard is horizontal and clean, featuring a free-standing display monitor. The trim can be understated aluminum or elegant wood, but be careful, unlike the exterior, the cabin can get flashy, or at least fussy, with certain trim combinations.

BMW’s iDrive control system remains complex, although it is more usable than before. The 3D maps with the available navigation are excellent.

Driving Impressions

The sedan and wagon handle like a BMW should. The Gran Turismo is about comfort, while being more sure-footed than a tall crossover.

The 328i with its 2.0-liter turbo is our favorite; with the precise-shifting manual transmission it will reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Its peak torque comes at a low 1250 rpm, and that sure gets you started fast. It is hard to tell it’s a turbo because there’s no lag.

The 328i works well with the standard 8-speed automatic with a Sport mode that quickens the shifts. We got track time in a BMW 328i, and might actually prefer the automatic on the track. The M-DCT dual-clutch gearbox and Active M Differential make a difference on the track.

The 340i is more potent, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

The electric power steering in every 3 Series car steers and countersteers with the right amount of feedback. Available sport steering sharpens the handling by mechanically changing the steering ratio, skipping the electronics that can make electric power steering difficult.

Driving Dynamics Control is standard, allowing the driver to choose a system: Eco Pro, Comfort (default), Sport, and Sport+ modes. Sport provides quicker steering and shifts, while Sport+ gives more traction and allows more slip from the stability control. It lets you get the tail out a bit.

And if you really want to get the tail out, there’s the M Sport package that lowers the sedan by nearly half an inch, stiffens the springs and dampers, and adds big anti-roll bars with 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels. Still beyond that, there’s a new Track Handling package with the Adaptive M Sport suspension, variable sport steering and brakes with blue calipers.


We like the 328i best, for its power, mileage, and price. But we also like the 340i for its sweet and powerful classic inline-6 engine, the 328d for its hyper mileage, the wagon for its stylish functionality, and the Gran Turismo for its crossover alternative. Our favorite might be the 328i xDrive Sports Wagon.

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