2017 BMW 3 Series


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2017 BMW 3 Series

When thinking about entry level, luxury sedans, usually one car comes to mind, one car that has been a mainstay in its segment since its introduction, and one that its engineers have ensured stays fresh, relevant, and fun.

That car is the BMW 3 Series

Easily BMW's best-selling vehicle to date, the 3 Series sedan is the automaker's bread-and-butter vehicle, and BMW knows it. That's why every year the venerable sedan gets some love in the refresh department to make sure it stays relevant and stays in that number 1 spot among luxury sedans. For 2017, the 3 Series has a few options available, including the the premium compact which is also available in a Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo trims. The 2017 BMW 3 Series also gets a choice between four conventional gas engines, including a high-performance twin-turbo inline-six of the M3, as well as diesel and hybrid variants for the fuel or environmentally conscious.


A Familiar Legacy in a Modern Suit

For 2017, the amount of trim levels stays roughly the same, but numerical monikers get shaken up a bit to reflect the advancements in either looks or mechanics. These trims include the base 320i, the 330i, the 328d diesel, the 330e plug-in hybrid and the 340i. BMW is also keeping the three body styles from previous iterations - a 4-door sedan, station wagon, and the hatchback version called the Gran Turismo, which could be called a separate model.

2017 3 Series Trim Levels

  •          320i - Powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.
  •          330i - Replaces the 328i. Has a 2.0-liter turbo four and gets 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  •          328d - Turbodiesel 2.0L 4-cylinder on 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
  •          340i - Replaces the 335i. Features a 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder rated at 326 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the car from 0-60 mph in the mid-4-second range.
  •          330e - Plug-in hybrid that combines the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an 87-hp electric motor. Total system output is rated 248 hp and 310 lb-ft.

All of the 2017 trims come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), but with most BMW vehicles these days, they can be upgraded with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Transmission choices for the 2017 3 Series are limited to a standard 8-speed automatic or a proper 6-speed manual, which is available as a no-cost option for 320i, 330i, 340i and 340i xDrive trims.

In the driving and handling department, the newest 3 Series has all the BMW finesse enthusiasts have come to expect from the Bavarian automaker. Electric power steering smooths out and refines handling. Variable sport steering is an added option, as well as a Driving Dynamics control system that allows the driver to toggle between Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes via a switch beside the driver's knee.

And the ubiquitous M Sport package is also available, and highly recommended for those looking to push their new 3 a little bit. It drops the ride height by 0.4 inches, firms up the suspension, and comes with larger anti-roll bars and M alloy wheels.

The 2017 3: Not Just Another 3 Series

All in all, the newest addition to the BMW family only serves to add to the storied legacy of the 3 Series. The 2017 model takes all the best engineering abilities BMW is known for and puts them into play in the most popular luxury sports sedan in the world. What are you waiting for? Find out if a 2017 BMW 3 Series is right for you at BMW of Albany.