The 2016 model receives mild interior enhancements and exterior styling improvements together with steering tweaks which have improved the driving precision significantly. The 335i receives a change in name to the 340i. Apart from a change in the name, the model now features a 16 speaker stereo system and a new engine. A brand new track handling package replaces the previous dynamic handling package. The Sport Line package is standard for the 320i trim level. Without a doubt, 2016 BMW 3 series remains one of the best bets anyone can make when choosing a compact station wagon. This station wagon comes along with a spacious, powerful engine, feature rich interior, and ample space for cargo.
The BMW 3 series is available in the wagon and sedan body styles. The standard features for the 320i include 17″ alloy wheels, and automatic wipers.
Interior Design and Technology
The 2016 BMW 3 series comes with a standard leather upholstery. Apart from this, the model also features adjustable front seats, heated rear and front seats, heated steering wheel and power adjustable seats. The BMW 320i trim level has been engineered with a 9 speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB ports and also BWM’s iDrive infotainment system. Optional features in this series include navigation, satellite control, moon roof, top-view camera’s, 16 speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a lane departure warning.
Many reviewers have agreed that the iDrive has developed into one of the most user friendly infotainment system. Its key, unique features include the simple on screen menus, sharp display and most of all, its quick response time. With the rear seats folded down, the 3 Series Wagon has an estimated 53 cubic feet of space. The option for a hands free liftgate is another feature that has impressed many drivers.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency
An all-wheel drive and a rear wheel drive is available under this model. The all-wheel drive comes as standard on the 3 station wagons. An optional 6 speed manual transmission is available on the RWD gas powered sedans. The station wagon comes with an eight speed transmission system. The 320i trim level comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which has a rating of 180 horsepower and 200 pound per feet of torque. The fuel economy for this trim level is 28 mpg combined i.e. 28 city and 36 highway.
Unlike the 320i, the 328i model uses a powerful engine which is rated at 240 horsepower and 255 pound per feet of torque. The EPA estimated fuel economy for the 320i automatic model is 27 mpg combined while for the all-wheel and manual drive is 26 mpg combined.
All the models under this series come with antilock brakes, front side airbags, front knee bags, side curtain bags and traction and also stability controls. The stability control systems uses several design features to enhance the braking performance. Another major safety feature is the BMW Assist Emergency system which is standard for all the models under this series. Key features include stolen vehicle recovery, automatic crash notifications and on-demand roadside assistance too.
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