Maybe you’re interested in a BMW 3 Series, a new F30 model, but you don’t want to go through thousands of pages of needless data.
Should that be your case let’s run quickly through the most important stuff you need to know about the F30 BMW 3 Series so you can be on your way.
For now, your main choices will be the type of engine, gearbox, trim level, additional equipment and, of course, the price you’re willing to pay for any combination between them.
All the engines available now are turbocharged and they are a 2.0 liter four cylinder petrol with 245 horsepower and a 3.0 liter six with 306 horses.
Certain markets get a detuned version of the 2.0 liter which develops just 184 horsepower but offer better efficiency.
The European market also gets two diesel choices, both based on the same 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant. These engines can develop 143 or 185 horsepower while dishing out more than decent fuel economy figures.
At the moment the F30 BMW 3 Series is, for the first time available with all wheel drive so you’ve got an alternative to the brilliant RWD. Transmission choices are limited to an eight speed automatic or a six speed manual.
Inside the standard equipment deal is more generous than ever but there’s still plenty to add in order to make your F30 3 Series feel that little bit special.
Main flavors are three trim choices called Modern, Luxury and Sport line. Whichever of these trim levels you go for you get fantastic equipment but that’s not the point.
The trim levels of the F30 focus on making the car fit your personality best and that’s achieved certain customization of its details.
Be it the exterior finish, chrome accents, wheels or interior tones, you can make your car just the way you want it.
When getting to the options list things can be a little daunting. Not because there’s too much choice but because BMW offers so much interesting equipment on the F30 3 Series you always want it all.
Before the options list, there’s some packages you can have to quicken up the service. Unless you live in California or anything of the likes, the Cold Weather Package is worth the 1.350 dollars asking price.
The rest are up to tastes but we would recommend the Premium package and the Technology package so you get nifty stuff like keyless go, power seats with memory, a HUD and satnav.
After that, a few extra “pennies” should be spent on Xenon headlights, split folding rear seats, park distance control and an anti theft alarm.
Finally, the pricing, in the US it starts at $34.900 for the F30 328i and at $42.400 for the 335i. With decent setup like we recommend you can get a great one with a smaller engine at just under 50.000.
Should you feel more generous than that you can spend up to 70.000 dollars on a fully loaded F30 BMW 335i.
If you’d like to wait around for a while you should look forward to the F30 BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid and, of course, the M3.