It also received good crash test ratings. This being Britain in 2008, I was hardly surprised when it rained on Friday and Saturday — stymieing my hopes to whack the roof down and enjoy the rays. And while more compliant dampers have been used in the M Sport suspension top provide a less aggressive ride up front, rear seat passengers bear the brunt of the pain over rough roads. An array of powerful all-wheel-drive sedans from the likes of Infiniti and Lexus—and Audi, of course—has stepped up to give the 3-series something to think about. Similarly, the suspension set-up is tuned more for sporting intents than absolute comfort.
Available engines include a 230-horsepower inline six-cylinder found in the 328i, a 300-horsepower turbocharged inline six in the 335i and the twin-turbodiesel 335d, which produces 265 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. Standstill to 62mph takes 5. Press release The by far most sporting and dynamic models in the compact segment are now increasing their leadership in terms of driving dynamics and efficiency. The premium over the sedan has always been big. The 335d did the sprint in 5. In the coupe you also lose passenger space, while in the convertible you not only lose passenger space, but also chassis rigidity, cargo space, handling ability, self-respect. Drove Audis and loved them; however, the 335i was tighter and more drivable.
The narrow lamps are so much meaner, and combined with the chin spoiler, extended wheelarches and chamfered shoulder line , my 335i looks borderline M3. The 3 Series comes in 328i and 335i variants, with normally aspirated and turbocharged six-cylinder engines, respectively. Upgrading to the 19inch double spoke alloys £465 and sports suspension can make the ride crashy on potholed urban streets, but on a point-to-point blast, the impeccable body control, neutral handling and tenacious grip more than compensate and ensure seriously rapid progress. Although several competitors deliver added luxury or a slightly sharper driving experience for similar money, the 335i xDrive walks the line between the two extremely well, albeit not as well as the S4. . An available M Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, which gives the 3-Series even better handling.
And though the fifth-generation of the 3-Series may be a little fatter, bigger, and more expensive than its predecessors, it remains the benchmark for the sector. But even as the twilight of this model's production run approaches, the 3 Series continues to reign supreme. A combination of dry sump and injection lubrication serves to further optimise the efficiency of the engine through a supreme level of oil supply. The brings with it a smaller, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an M-branded shift knob and door sills. What you get more of in the coupe is simply sex appeal. While Dakota oyster-coloured leather is now standard, there is a variety of options available to personalise the vehicle. The fast and smooth shift of gears allows unusually harmonious acceleration and helps to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions.
Pick a gear, any gear, and the 335i sails forward. The optional leather seats have supportive cushions and large enough side bolsters to hold you in place on curvy roads. The nose wears the same flared nostril grille and round headlights as the rest of the Bavarian flock and the slight contour of the hood line gives the face something of a furrowed brow. But it does seem like overkill in this small car, so if I were looking to buy a 1-series I would probably choose the 128i. The 3-series has a natural compliance to it and I remember driving 4000 miles on my honeymoon in my 320d and revelling in the featherbed ride it afforded. Is it worth spending £41,000 on a petrol-fed 3-series convertible? All of that partly explains why the 3 Series is still the most desirable car in its class, even at the ripe old age of five.
Both stopped from 70 mph to 0 in 160 feet, and they recorded skidpad performances within 0. For those who don't like the firm suspension, it can be deleted at no extra cost. While power and torque remain the same at 225kW and 400Nm, fuel economy is 8 per cent better. I also plumped for some convenience options, which I now accept as essentials. For '07, the 335i's twin-turbocharged inline-6 debuted, an engine that has been showered with critical praise ever since, and a sleek coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible also joined the lineup. The Climate package adds heated front seats and steering wheel, retractable headlight washers and fold-down rear seats though the latter are unavailable in the convertible. Adults should find enough headroom and legroom for short trips.
Over ten months, we averaged 24. The convertible's available heat-reflective leather does a wonderful job of keeping occupants' posteriors cool. The 335d is perhaps the biggest hoot of them all, serving up face-flattening torque off the line and a uniquely muscular soundtrack while using the least fuel of the bunch. While some buyers may find the dash a little plain, we're smitten by the fact that it isn't awash with unnecessary buttons or dials. Who cares about cup holders? However, this problem is typical of hardtop convertibles. The cars felt composed over the craggy tar that runs around Somerset Dam and our kidneys and the fillings in our teeth were still in place at the end.
Never was there a car that was so perfectly a jack of all trades - beautiful inside and out, world beater performance, safe, reliable and a joy to drive - at any time, anywhere. I harassed the rear end of a 335i going up the twisty hotmix on the northern approach to Mt Mee and when we arrived at the next stop my nerves were at peace while the other driver got out of his high-revving 335i with his trousers on fire. The 3 Series isn't the only car with such capabilities, though; others come close, and many do so for considerably less money. Lots of bells n whistles, with a true luxurious look n feel. The acceleration is soo smooth and seamless. It has a heavy, baulky action, and you need to balance the revs delicately when changing up to second and third, else heads will nod. Kind of minor: Back seat is tight.