Fuel economy, handling, ride, acceleration, transmission, fit and finish, reliability.
Engine clatter at startup, controls, abrupt start/stop system, shift lever.
Overall the 3 Series is an excellent car. The turbocharged four-cylinder makes the 328i quick yet frugal, achieving 28 mpg overall. A smooth and punchy 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder powers the 335i. Ride comfort, noise isolation, and fit and finish are impressive, but the rear seat is snug. Handling is very capable, but steering feel is less tactile than before. Our main qualms are about the rough engine idle and the new stop/start system which is too abrupt when restarting the engine. The M3 continues on the old platform. A hybrid sedan based on the six-cylinder turbo, a 320i sedan, and an AWD wagon based on a four-cylinder turbo are available. A 180-hp, turbodiesel four-cylinder 328d sedan, rated at 45 mpg on the highway, and a 3 Series Gran Turismo arrive late summer.