Review: 2012 BMW 328i Luxury Line sedan

Posted on 25. Mar, 2012 by in Auto News

No other car has defined and dominated a segment as the BMW 3-Series. It is the compact sports sedan. Been spraying for each other since the origin of the line over 30 years ago So if the 3 is transformed as it has for the year 2012, everyone wonders, they have once again raised the bar, or have they lost their way, perhaps stifled? One answer, in two parts. First up: a "Luxury Line" 328i automatic. Next month: a three-pedal "Sportline" 335i.

The 3-series rose to dominance as a car for driving enthusiasts. But if BMW was always satisfied with such a narrow focus that ended decades ago. Already in the 1980s there were luxury-oriented "L" versions of the 6 – and 7-Series. The latest 3 lifts a page from the playbook Mercedes to aim clearly to different types of customers with a "Luxury Line" alongside a "Sportsline." A "Modern" line "is essentially the former with less chrome on the outside and adventurer trim on the inside. (Cheap sob content with 17-inch wheels and satin plastic trim a car without being able to" Line "ever get.) Course are trim levels relatively easy and cheap. Much more ambitious, particularly the relatively small size of the company is given, as BMW has a variation of 3 to anyone who sells a $ 35,000 + compact sedan. But can hope for a single model, the best car for everyone?

Even successful revolutions tend to be followed by counter-revolutions. Chris Bangle "flame surfaced" designs were often copied and sold cars. But put enough of BMW core constituencies (sometimes vehemently) disapproval, that was by the time of the "E90" 3-Series introduced (bottom) six years ago, the American innovator had been tamed. With the new 'F30' 3-Series did not seek new aesthetic ground, and even less has been obtained. No one will mistake the new 3 for anything else. Well, unless they mistake it for the previous generation sedan or the current "F10" 5-series. The new car looks much the same as the old, softened only slightly, simplified lines, including a bulbous nose and widened "kidneys." An already diluted design was further watered down, and some of the old body tightness and accuracy lost in the effort to deliver a broader appealing, less pedestrian produce injured car. Compared to F10, the main difference is size.

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This is probably the last time BMW away with such a mild update. The F30 sedan is an attractive car, but not a striking one. Next time she would try best aesthetic reinvention along the lines of the E36. We have plenty of warning. Design innovations tend to be the first with the 7 tested the fifth The upcoming "i" vehicles provide a preliminary round where really risky concepts can be tested thoroughly before each new 7th

The F30 inside places such a development of the design vocabulary of 2002 7-Series founded, although in his case, the changes are generally for the better. As with the current 5 and 7, the center stack has cut vertically, for a sportier appearance. For the F30, they have gone a step further and visually separates the screen from the rest of the center console. As a result of the screen from the top of the instrument panel similar adheres a retractable one would not only he retires. Not the cleanest look, but that does successfully minimize the perceived mass of the IP and thus makes the car seem even less massive. I drove the new 5 a week ago, and even more than in the past midsize BMWs it feels a little big for me. Sliding into the new 3, I immediately felt at home. Okay, not quite immediately. In contrast to the coming in of the Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS, the 3 of the driver's seat feels too low (for this 5'9 "driver), when in the lowest position. The seat adjustment provides a quick and easy solution.

It is luxury, and then there are "luxury BMW." In cars without the "Sportline" treatment you receive BMW seat base, making it firm and lacking in the contour. In theory, the four-way lumbar adjuster is there should be a perfect fit, but as is so often the case with these no attitude seemed quite right (YMMV). The "Sportline" includes BMW sport buckets, with larger adjustable cushions (oddly from the current 5 decontented).

The biggest surprise with the new 3: almost as much rear legroom as in the 5 and significantly more than in competition. (Do not ignore the existing on-paper superiority of the Audi A4-it in the real world.) On top of this, the back seat comfortably shaped and positioned, a rarity in this segment. The tribe has even more. At 17.0 cubic feet, it is simply the largest in the segment. The optional folding rear seat splits now 40:20:40. With the Passive Entry option one foot swings under the rear bumper cover the jumps open hands free.

I am just old enough to remember when most 3 Series sold there with four-cylinder engines. And Audi A4s fits most with four. Nevertheless, it is a little difficult to get my head around the idea of a 328i with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The six-cylinder feels and sounds so good in races for the redline, how could a four may serve as a suitable replacement? Well, it can not.

Not that the four is poor. It is much more powerful and able to get to 60 in less than six seconds. But at idle and at low speeds sounds frighteningly similar to a diesel, brogue transition to a boxer-like in the mid-range, and finally to an engaging growl over 4k. At any rate, it takes like a conventional four sound. But it only sings sweetly at higher speeds, and even then the positive impression only lasts until you behind the wheel of a decent get six.

Enhanced type of engine in a significantly slow response at low engine speeds. The four could bang 260 pounds-feet at a low, low 1250 rpm, but these "moments" are not immediately available. Let. Transfer management of their own shifts and you will often find themselves seriously push-deficient middle-curve if you ask the pressure curve in entry-level or earlier Also in the "sport" mode (which is much less difference than in previous BMWs). The solution is to manually move the