The BMW 3 Series has been around for more than 40 years which is, in itself, a major achievement, but add to that the fact that 15 543 000 have been sold since then and you will realise just how popular this car is. In fact, the previous generation took just two years to sell a million units.
It’s a driver enthusiast car and has been popular due to its dynamic design, agile handling and all the characteristics that make up a BMW 3 Series sedan. This new 3 Series will be as popular, if not more than its predecessor thanks to the new styling, latest tech and even more engaging drive.
It is longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing model and the large BMW kidney grille and headlights continue to dominate the front end of the car. Styling is such a subjective thing, but I can’t see any BMW fans disliking this new model. Of course, there is always the optional Sport Line / Luxury Line models to choose from which add even more dynamism.
The interior is typically BMW but it is now more modern and edgier than before. The exterior design language is clearly carried through in to the cabin and the materials used are of the highest quality. But the most impressive part is the amount of tech on offer. The autonomous driving features make for a car that is far more advanced than many of its competitors. Some of the tech includes Lane Departure Warning, and Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, the latest version of which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Other options include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and the Driving Assistant with Lane Change Warning, Rear Collision Prevention and Cross-Traffic Alert. Also offered is the Driving Assistant Professional, which features Steering and lane control assistant.
Park Distance Control and the rear view camera assist the driver with manoeuvring and entering/exiting parking spaces. Also available is the Parking Assistant, which takes over steering, acceleration, braking and gear changes with the Steptronic transmission when driving into and out of a space. Its range of functions also includes the Reversing Assistant, which can reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 metres by steering it along exactly the same line it has just taken when moving forward.
The two derivatives I drove at the launch were the 330i and the 320d. The petrol-powered 330i was a more engaging and thrilling drive but the turbodiesel 320d will certainly satisfy most 3 Series fans. Either way, you are in for a comfortable and smooth ride. One which will comfortably transport you on a long road trip without feeling the numbing effects on your limbs that can often occur after long journeys.
This new 3 Series will continue to hold the torch in its segment. It is a superb car that many won’t find fault with. If you are a true BMW 3 Series fan, you are in for a treat with this new model.
NEW BMW 3 SERIES PRICING
BMW 330i: R649 000
BMW 320d: R649 00