In business, standing still is moving backwards, so they say. There’s no danger of BMW taking its supremacy in the compact executive market for granted, though, hence the latest range of updates.
Most noticeable are cosmetic tweaks to the Coupe and Convertible models, which have new bumpers, lights, bonnet, sill panels and wheel designs for a sharper look. There are larger door mirrors for improved visibility, too.
All 3 Series models have new steering wheel designs and new entertainment systems, while all Coupé and Convertible versions have Dakota Leather as standard.
The entire range has subtly tweaked suspension, in the guise of new damper valves to improve ride comfort, but the most notable mechanical change is the updated range of engines.
There’s a reworked 2.0-litre diesel engine for the 320d, with power up from 174- to 181bhp and torque boosted by 22lb ft to 280lb ft. Fuel economy has improved by 1.2mpg, however, while CO2 emissions drop by 3g/km. There are similar changes to the lower-powered 318d version, while the six-cylinder 325d’s engine also has more power, but lower emissions.
At the top end, the 335i’s 3.0-litre petrol engine is just as powerful as before, but the switch to a different turbocharger has boosted fuel economy by 2.6mpg and dropped CO2 emissions by 22g/km.
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