Agility, transmission, front-seat comfort, fit and finish.
Controls, cup-holder design, small interior.
By almost any important measure the redesigned BMW 3 Series sedan is an excellent car. The turbocharged four-cylinder in the 328i we tested makes the car quick yet frugal, achieving 28 mpg overall. A turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder is also available. Ride comfort, cabin noise, and interior fit and finish are all impressive. Steering feel is less tactile than before, however, and the rear seats remain a little snug. Our main peeves concerned the engine idle, which sounds rough at startup. We also found that the new stop/start system is too rough when restarting the engine. All-wheel drive is available. The coupe, convertible, wagon, and V8-powered M3 continue on the old platform.
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