2016's 320i may be the smallest of the 3 Series litter, but it's also quite funWhen it comes to handling weight is the enemy of handling, so with the 320i, sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages
Since its first appearance in 1975, the BMW 3 Series have been praised by drivers, reviewers and everybody who has had the chance to just take a look at these magnificent cars. Nowadays, BMW's 3 Series are one of the best options available in the market, and it enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its outstanding driving dynamics, its quality and its unquestionable charisma. The one thing the 70s 3 Series has in common with the 2016 models, is that it remains the top car among the small sport sedan crop.
The 3 Series generation, internally designated E21, arrived at the United States as a model in 1977, with the BMW 320i as its only available model, but in less than a year, it pushed BMW production over 290,000 and beyond 320,000 in 1978. The 320i featured the MacPherson strut front and an arm rear suspension and front disc/rear drum power braking system built in special detail. Back then it had a 2.0-liter Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injected inline-4 rated at 110hp. An authentic jewel. Almost 40 years later, the 2016 BMW 320i is still one of the most well sought after vehicle of the 3 Series.
For 2016, the German automaker wanted the 3 Series to have more than a simple facelift, and they definitely made some awesome upgrades. Starting from the exterior, the 2016 320i gets sharper and more angular headlights which are now also available as full LEDs. The taillights have a new shape and new innards and the front rear bumpers have been restyled, making them visually closer to the 4 Series.
On the inside, the new materials along with more gloss-black trim and chrome gives the 320i an even more elegant look. Also, the navigation and infotainment system now offers a faster response.
The most significant changes, however, take place under the hood. BMW has made numerous chassis changes. They ensure these changes produce "significantly enhanced dynamic capabilities." It also has a rearranged power steering, new front struts, and they have revised the rear dampers to reduce roll, improve directional stability and a higher level of steering precision. But what's still better, the enhancements are claimed to be applied to all three suspensions setups; the standard, the M Sport and Adaptive M.
Furthermore, a new Track Handling Package is available and it includes Variable Sport Steering, Adaptive M Suspension, M Sport Brakes and 18-inch wheels enveloped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires.
The 2016 BMW 320i keeps its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 200 lb-tq. The EPA ratings are quite impressive at 28 mpg combined, especially if we take into account that the 320i reaches the 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.
Offered with xDrive or all-wheel drive the 320i includes a several features that will make your life easier. Some of them are the keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity or the iDrive electronics interface. In regards to safety, the Driver Assistance package provides a rearview camera along with front and rear parking sensors. The BMW 320i's stability control system integrates multiple features for a better braking performance, such as periodically wiping the brake rotors dry when the windshield wipers are being used and automatically snugging the pads to the rotors when the driver brusquely lifts off the gas.
The BMW 3 Series have had numerous awards and recognition. Edmunds still identifies them as the cars that stand apart into the compact luxury sport segment; and Car and Driver rates the Series as their "perennial favorite" having appear among their 10 Best Cars for many years, (22, to be exact.) But don't let us tell you, if you don't believe it, just come and see it.
For more information about the 2016 BMW 320i, or any other 3 Series types, contact Weatherford BMW at 855-800-7096 or visit our dealership located at 735 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley for a test drive.