Shock and awesome
Msport suspension add-ons, formerly for the masochist, now enhance the 3 Series
THE company that invented the luxury sedan segment has reinvented it. With ever-smaller enginesBMWdelivers a car with miserly fuel economy and better performance.
The 320i sedan uses less fuel than the tiny Toyota Yaris runabout (6.0L/100km v 6.3L) and yet it’s no slouch thanks to the wonders of turbocharging technology. This is an important consideration because the money you’ll save on fuel could justify what to grab from the options list.
The 3 Series starting price is now a snip over $50,000 thanks to the recent arrival of the none-too-shabby 316i. The badge may bring on nightmares about the stubbylooking and lethargic 316s from the late 1990s but the new one is a gem.
The car we’re focusing on is the next model up, the 320i, which starts at $58,900. Not so long ago the 320i badge on the boot of aBMWsignified a small six-cylinder engine was under the bonnet. Now it means there is a relatively large 2.0-litre turbo four.
With not much less grunt than that found in a Volkswagen Golf GTI, it moves along with almost the same pace as the world’s top-selling hot hatch (0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds against 6.9).
The new 3 Series has received mixed reviews since it