Entry Segment Luxury
I have had one my daily driver and I can tell you the ride is much sporty as compared to the Mercedes C Class or the Audi A4. The interiors are much better and give a personalised feel. The handling is great and beyond comparison to the other two with swift and smooth accelerations. The diesel variant gives a brilliant mileage considering it to be luxury sedan at around 19-20 kmpl while riding on highways and smoother roads. The silence inside the cabin while driving is fascinating. The car seems to be very agile and handles turns and curves very easily. The new model has very distinctive eye catching looks with edgy and modern detailing. The car comes in both petrol and diesel models with 6 and 3 variants respectively. The Diesel variants are namely the Prestige, Sport Line, Luxury Line, GT Sport Line, M Sport and GT Luxury Line. Whereas the Petrol has Prestige, Luxury and GT Luxury only. Both fuel models come in 2000 cc and all 9 models are automatic. The features vary accordingly and are genuinely worth getting upgraded. Something interesting to note is the aggressive pricing that BMW has put forward. The base BMW 3 Series model is the 320d Prestige at 36.9 lakhs providing you 2.0 litre 190 bhp at 4000 rpm. Whereas Audi A4's base model 30 TFSI Premium Plus starts at 38.1 lakhs (petrol only) giving you only 1.4 litre 150 bhp at 5000 rpm, that is an underpowered engine for 2 lakhs more with boring exteriors and plain bland interiors and no charm. Coming to Mercedes, the base model C Class is C220 CDI Style providing you a 2.2 litre 170 bhp at 3000 rpm, a good engine with 20 bhp less in comparison and the difference is visible while driving. Also, BMW provides 18 inch alloys whereas Audi would provide you with 17 inch and Mercedes with 16 inch in their base models. The aggressive pricing makes it the best entry segment luxury sedan anyone can get. BMW's usually prefer rear wheel drives (RWD) and all the variants in 3 series are following the same lineage. The 3 series can achieve a maximum speed of 230 km/hr which is brilliant with (0-100) in 7.2 seconds. Also BMW is the only entry segment luxury car complying to Euro VI standards, the rest are Euro V. Having a fairly large boot at 480 litres, it can easily stuff in baggages of your family of 4, making it a wonderful touring car as well. 3 Series also packs a perfect 50-50 weight distribution ratio and giving the car an unmatchable grip and as a result a lower turning radius of just 5.5m! BMW has made sure that an 8 speed automatic shifter remains a standard throughout all of their models which is amazing. The hard work and passion that BMW puts in is beyond visible, one can feel it in every simple intricate detail. From their infotainment system to their leather stitching, cup holders, smooth AC vent lines running across, daytime running LEDs, the BMW 3 Series is of no match in its segment.
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