Experts expect this small luxury sedan to remain a popular choice. All versions of the 2021 BMW 3-Series offer a lively performance. Commuters and road-trippers will also appreciate this sedan’s strong. Because the 3-Series has such a spacious cabin, it proves to be satisfying family car. Keep reading to learn more facts about the latest 3-Series.
What’s New for 2021?
To give drivers another powertrain option to choose from, BMW has welcomed a new 330e plug-in hybrid model into the lineup.
What Styles Does It Come In?
The 2021 BMW 3-Series is a small, four-door sedan. While a rear-wheel-drive setup is standard, BMW’s popular xDrive AWD system is optional.
What Trims Does It Come In?
Most buyers will likely choose the base 330i trim, which is motivated by a turbo four-cylinder engine. It comes loaded with a ton of must-have luxury features. While tri-zone automatic climate control enhances passenger comfort, an 8.8-inch touchscreen interface keeps drivers connected to the outside world. Some of the other notable features include a 10-speaker stereo with HD Radio, navigation, and a sunroof.
A seemingly endless number of options are available for the base 330i. Some of most popular upgraded consist of digital gauge display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The more powerful M340i trim is geared towards drivers who crave more performance. Its put into motion by a turbo six-cylinder engine. BMW also outfits this model with a stiffer M Sport suspension and performance steering. A few of the base model’s options come standard on the M 340i, including satellite radio and adaptive headlights.
The newest trim to hit the scene is the 330e. This plug-hybrid model has an electric driving mode, which allows you to travel up to 23 miles without using any gas.
The 3-Series’ Exterior Styling
The 3-Series has some distinct styling cues that separate it from other cars in the class. Most people will quickly notice the sedan’s familiar twin-kidney grille. Buyers who desire the look of a serious sports sedan should opt for the racy M Sport package. Not only does this package add wider wheels and more aggressive bumpers, but it also lowers the car’s ride height for a more powerful stance.
Although the 3-Series offers an optional 10.25-inch infotainment display, many car reviewers prefer the standard 8.8-inch touchscreen. It’s simpler to learn and provides a console-mounted iDrive controller for easier use. While the standard audio is better than average, the optional 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system offers concert-quality sound.
Regardless of which trim a person chooses, they will be rewarded with ample performance. Rated to develop 255 horsepower, the standard turbo four-cylinder engine has a strong kick. It enables the 3-Series to clock a brisk 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. Stepping up to the M340i’s turbo six-cylinder engine boosts output to 382 horsepower. Acceleration will be quick enough to spark an adrenaline rush. However, even the 330e hybrid model is a quick performer. All the available engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission, which changes gears swiftly.
Pinpoint handling elevates this sedan’s driving fun. Fortunately, ride comfort is also great throughout the lineup. A Track Handling package enables the 330i to manage twisty roads almost as good as the performance-focused M340i model. When equipped with BMW’s xDrive AWD system, the 3-Series can overcome snowy conditions.
For a car with such impressive performance capabilities, the 2021 BMW 3-Series offers great gas mileage. Drivers can look forward to getting up to 25 mpg in city traffic and 34 mpg on the freeway. Most people will also have no complaints about the powerful M340i model’s efficiency, which tops out at 30 mpg.
Quality and Comfort
The BMW 3-Series has always held a reputation for offering a luxurious ride. Car shoppers will love its cabin’s premium materials. While genuine leather is optional, BMW’s standard SensaTec looks and feels elegant.
Unlike some other small luxury sedans, the 3-Series has no trouble satisfying the needs of families. Even when sitting in the second row, taller passengers will be able to relax. BMW also designed the 3-Series with one of the biggest trunks in the segment.
Some worthwhile safety features come standard on every 2021 BMW 3-Series. When commuting on a rainy day, the sedan’s self-drying brakes will come in handy. Automatic emergency braking and lane wandering alert also come standard. There are plenty of other accident-avoidance feature available. When on the verge of impacting an obstacle, evasion assistance helps drivers to avoid crashing.
When it comes to performance and passenger comfort, the 2021 3-Series rivals the segment’s best. It’s also plush enough to satisfy luxury car shoppers. While the base 330i is a strong value, some buyers will ultimately be lured by the sedan's premium options.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All BMW 3 Series MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.