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An updated version of BMW 3 series is finally here just ahead of the Auto Expo 2016. This time, it brings with it a new variant named BMW 3 Series 320d M Sport, which sits above the Prestige, Sport Line and Luxury Line trims in this lineup. Buyers can choose the models of their choice through the BMW 360º program with guaranteed buy back value. Currently, this luxury sedan will face competition from Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C-Class models, which are already doing great in this segment.
1 Efficient driving dynamics and exceptional ride quality.
2 Eight speed automatic transmission gear box enables smooth gear shifting.
1 Its high price turns out quite heavy on pockets.
2 Introduction of petrol version could have been more exciting.
Stand Out Features
1 BMW ConnectedDrive helps you connect with everything that is useful.
2 BMW Navigation system professional. Features a high resolution display with numerous functions for navigation as well as multimedia.
This face lift version of BMW 3 series looks more interesting with mild exterior styling features. The revised front bumper, new LED DRLs and L-shaped taillights, everything makes it a showstopper on roads. Also, you will find it in the exclusive Estoril Blue metallic color, which is striking indeed. In terms of interiors, it gets the M aerodynamic package, and M leather steering wheel among others. Moreover, the company is now offering steering mounted paddle shifters as standard in the entire lineup. On the other hand, it carries the same 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that delivers a whopping power of 190bhp in combination with torque of 400Nm. Above all, it ensures great driving pleasure with aspects like ECO PRO mode, Intelligent Lightweight Construction and Auto Start-Stop functions to name a few. Besides the style enhancing elements, this machine also has some vital attributes that ensure maximum protection like the seat belts with front pretensioners, vehicle immobilizer, cornering brake control and many others.
The upgrades are although minimal yet, it gives a refreshing look to this luxurious sedan. At front, it features a well sculpted bonnet that is pretty long, while the flowing lines add more style to it. A slightly revised headlight cluster brings a sporty appeal to its frontage. It includes bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and turn indicators as well. Meanwhile, the highlight at front definitely remains the BMW kidney radiator grille that gets a neat chrome finish. It carries vertical slats, while the company's insignia sitting just above this grille further gives it a dynamic presence. Even, the bumper is slightly tweaked and it houses a couple of air intakes that are revamped as well. What's new in its rear end is the sculpted bumper and LED taillight cluster. The latter comes integrated with L-shaped tail lamps. The sleek bonnet and the sculpted bumper are the other modified elements in this latest version. One cannot give a miss to its side profile, which is as striking as the other facets. Especially, the 17 inch alloy wheels that have a multi spoke design and 225/50 R17 sized tubeless tyres. The LED turn indicators on foldable outside mirrors dazzle, while the door handles in body color look pretty decent.
The roomy interiors carry elegant contours and rich features that can leave anyone mesmerized. You can notice sports seats in the cockpit that provide high comfort and also come with adjustment functions. The layout remains the same but gets new chrome accents, ambient lighting and materials that look upmarket. Fine leather upholstery has been used for its well cushioned seats. The dashboard looks simply elegant with state of the art equipments like the modish center console housing an air conditioner and an M leather steering wheel, which is mounted with paddle shifters and other switches. Also, it comes with the BMW ConnectedDrive system using which, you can access different applications. It supports Bluetooth with audio streaming, USB connectivity and has a HiFi loudspeaker system as well with 9-speakers. Besides this, you can control functions related to information and entertainment through the iDrive system, which has 16.5cm color display. Enjoy high level of comfort with other interesting aspects like the electrical glass sunroof, sliding front armrest, BMW Driving Experience Control switch, full color BMW head-up display, roller sunblinds, dual zone automatic air conditioning unit and many other such attributes.
Fitted under the long bonnet is a powerful 2.0-litre diesel motor that comprises of four cylinders, and 16 valves. It is developed to produce an impressive power output of 190bhp at 4000rpm besides yielding torque of 400Nm in the range of 1750 to 2750rpm. This Twin Power turbo diesel engine has a displacement capacity of 1995cc and comes paired with an efficient 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox that ensures smooth shifting and improved performance. This machine can stun you by accelerating from 0 to 100 Kmph in just 7.2 seconds besides attaining a top speed of around 230 Kmph. However, its mileage might not impress you, which comes to a maximum of 18.88 Kmpl approximately.
Ride & Handling
The advanced control systems incorporated in this machine supports its dynamic driving potential to a great extent. The lightweight chassis components and the suspension system ensure good stability and drivability as well. On the front axle, a double joint tension strut is assembled, while a five arm axle is affixed to the rear one. In terms of braking, it gets disc brakes to all its four wheels. The anti lock braking system with brake assist also aids in improving this mechanism further. Aside from these, the servotronic electric power assisted steering column ensures easy manoeuvrability while making for an effortless drive.
The occupants can feel safe in this BMW 3 Series 320d M Sport trim, which comes packed with many advanced and significant security aspects. Features on offer include BMW condition based service, dynamic traction control, run flat indicator, and side impact protection beams. In addition to all these, it also has front and rear head bags, dual front as well as side airbags that prevents from any possible injuries in case of an impact.
Its engine performance is indeed good compared to its rivals especially, if the power output and acceleration are taken into account. This machine also does not lag behind in factors relating to style and comfort. However, most of such exciting features are also offered by its competitors, which can make you give a second thought on choosing this specific model.
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