The 2013 BMW 3 Series is available as the sedan, coupe or the hardtop convertible. The coupe and convertible belong to the last generation body style, while the sedan is on the all-new platform launch last year. For only the sedan, BMW starts things off with the 320i. Comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights, automatic wipers, fog-lights, cruise control, the dual-zone automatic climate control, front seats and eight way manually adjustable, leatherette premium vinyl Upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and may telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, Bluetooth, the electronics drive interface with a display of 6.5 inchand a premium sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary jack audio iPod/USB audio interface.
The sedan 328i adds an auto dimming rear view mirror, 8-way power adjustable front seats, driver memory functions and the rear view camera. The Coupe 328i with a different sport-tuned suspension and manually adjustable front seats while the convertible gets a power-retractable hardtop and a 10-way power front seats with memory functions. Both the two-door body styles add adaptive xenon headlights and seat 60/40 split-folding rear.
The sedan 335i and ActiveHybrid3 unique power-trains, though both come equipped with 18-inch wheels and alloy, adaptive and auto-leveling xenon headlights, automatic high beams and the sunroof. The coupe and convertible are equipped similarly, but with a 17-inch wheels instead and they drive standard, automatic high beams and the LED running lamps. The convertible adds heat-reflective leather Upholstery. The Coupe 335is and convertible get a better engine, sports exhaust, a Calibration sportier suspension, 18-inch wheels and features unique styling, sports seats and sports steering wheel.
Most of the work on parts of the body styles and trims are available as options on the others. There are many other ways are available, most of which are available within packages and as stand-alone options. These include the larger wheels, an automatic parking system, headlight washers, parking sensors, ignition key-less/entry, an active steering system, heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, a rear power sunshade, the BMW assist emergency communications system, navigation system, head-up display, satellite radio and surround-sound system harman Kardon audio.
Finally, the sedan can be equipped with optional four equipment lines-Luxury, Modern, Sport and M Sport-that include different wheel designs, color schemes, trim, seats, steering wheels and even suspension tuning.
2013 BMW 3 Series Interior
The 3 Series sedan has a more contemporary feel inside compared to the two-door body styles, the especially around dash, doors and center console. The new four-door models come with four choices equipment lines-Luxury, Modern, Sport and M Sport. Among the other things, option to change your color scheme To determine the type of the room. It is cool to touch that allows a large amount of customization.
Drive BMW’s still a bit complex electronics interface (it’s standard on all four door and is included on the two doors with navigation). Sometimes it can take many clicks twists and turns of the head to control certain functions, but does provide a wide range of custom car that I would pay the owner is willing to park for a bit and learn the ropes. Seats in the model are comfortable and supportive, while purpose-built seats of sport there are more packages. Construction and Build quality inside the cabin and left, even the standard leatherette (vinyl) Upholstery beauty and feel better than one would expect. Available to the skin and heat-reflective The convertible’s doing a wonderful job keeping the posteriors cool.
The back seat of the Series 3 is one of the spacious entry-level luxury part regardless of body style and added the overall length of the sedan’s adds even less legroom front and rear. Trunk space is above the average in the sedan (13 cubic feet) and the average in the Coupe (11 cubic feet). The convertible offers the reasonable cargo hold when the hardtop is up, but predictably shrinks when the top is lowered. Nevertheless, it is possible to maintain a standard roller suitcase or two small bags back there.
2013 BMW 3 Series Engine
The sedan 320i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, that produces 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission and six-speed come standard and all-wheel drive and the automatic eight speed transmission are optional. The sedan 328i uses a version of the same engine, which makes upto 240 hp and 255 LB-ft of torque more powerful. Both the six-speed manual and eight speed automatic transmissions are available and can be improved in the recent “sport” version with steering wheel paddle shifters. Both transmissions come with a function to auto stop-start that off the engine when the vehicle stops to save fuel.
The Epa estimates the 320i with manual return 23 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, while rear-drive automatic model achieves the 24/36 mpg (23/35 with AWD). EPA estimates for the 328i with automatic are 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, while the manual is the same as at 22/34/26 mpg. Both left for class. In testing, a manual-equipped 328i sedan plus zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds, while the automatic 328i M Sport made ??in 5.4 seconds-in both cases, faster than any car’s four-cylinder competition.
The Coupe 328i and convertible inline-6 3.0-liter that produces 230 hp and 200 LB-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual are standard, a automatic six-speed and all-wheel drive are optional. BMW estimates a coupe manual-equipped to go from zero to 60 Mph in 6.2 seconds-the body style and drivetrain combinations will take a second longer than that. The 2013 BMW 3 Series EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18/28/22 mpg for the rear-drive coupe regardless of the transmission. The convertible and all-wheel drive achieves 1 or 2 mpg less in each Epa driving cycle.
All 335i models regardless of body style turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder that produces 300 hp and 300 LB-ft of torque. Each body style gets same transmission and drivetrain choices as the right 328i their versions. BMW estimates a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds for the sedanand in performance testing Coupe was slightly faster than that. Fuel economy estimates for the sedan 335i outstanding at 23/33/26 mpg with the automatic and 20/30/23 mpg with the manual. The Coupe still get a solid 19/28/22 mpg with rear-wheel drive and manual. The automatic and all-wheel drive discard estimates by 1 or 2 mpg depending on body style.
The 335is has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder good for 320 hp and 332 LB-ft of torque. There is a temporary over boost to meet with max torque up to 370 LB-ft. A manual transmission and six-speed standard, with the seven-speed automated dual-clutch manual known as DCT is optional. In testing, a manual-equipped 335is Coupe from zero to 60 Mph for 5 seconds Fuel economy with the manual is 18/26/21 mpg and 17/24/19 mpg with the DCT.
Finally, there is the ActiveHybrid3. It pairs the 335i’s engine and 8-speed automatic, an electric motor and the lithium-ion battery. All together, it produces upto 335 hp and 330 LB-ft of torque. BMW says it will hit 60 Mph in 5.2 seconds-barely faster than the cheaper, less powerful of its sedan siblings. Fuel economy and it is disappointing, to return 25/33/28 mpg, which is better than the 320i.
2013 BMW 3 Series Safety
2013 BMW 3 Series comes standard with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, side curtain airbags and front side airbags. The sedan gets the front knee airbags. The convertible lacks side curtain airbags, but the regular front-seat side-airbags extend up to head level and there is a pop-up rollover hoops.
Stability control system includes several features designed to improve braking performance, such as periodically the wiping brake rotors dry when the windshield wipers windshield is in use and automatically snugging pads to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the throttle. BMW Assist emergency communication is optional and includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery on-demand roadside assistance. In brake testing, a sedan 328i with 18-inch summer tires came to a stop from 60 Mph in 115 feet, while the 328i M Sport stood 109 feet. The average distances for an entry-level luxury sedan with summer tires.
Government crash testing, the sedan received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, plus four frontal protection and five stars for protection side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the sedan the highest possible rating of top in the side and roof strength tests were not offset. It received the rating of ‘Marginal’ second worst in new small overlap front crash test Institute, but few cars have been subjected to this test and most received the same rating or worse.