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2015 BMW 3 Series Review, Feature and Images

Tuesday, August 11th 2015. | Cars

2015 BMW 3 Series Review, Feature and Images – Still one of the best sports sedans on the market, the BMW 3 Series continues into the 2015 model year with only a few changes in features, such as Bluetooth audio streaming, which comes standard. With a variety of powertrains and body styles, the BMW 3 Series offers stylish design, the latest in-car technology and best-in-class driving dynamics. The 2015 BMW 3 Series has a great mix of outstanding handling, powerful acceleration and top-flight comfort, according to critics.

Reviewers say that each of the 2015 BMW 3 Series’ engines, ranging from the base 320i’s athletic turbocharged four-cylinder to the 335i’s potent turbocharged six-cylinder, is remarkable. They are impressed with the 3 Series’ standard eight-speed automatic transmission for its fast gear changes; a six-speed manual is available as well. With an EPA-estimated 24/36 mpg city/highway, the base 3-Series gets good fuel economy for the class. Meanwhile, the turbodiesel BMW 328d sedan gets the best fuel economy estimates in the lineup with 32/45 mpg. The 3 Series’ smooth ride and superb handling impress critics, as does its powerful braking. Most also say the 2015 3-Series has precise steering, though some miss the responsive nature of the steering in older 3 Series models.

The 2015 BMW 3 Series’ cabin is well-made with premium materials, most automotive writers say. They love its supportive front seats and report the rear seats are roomy and provide superior legroom for the class. The 3 Series’ cargo area is big, reviewers say, especially in the 3 Series Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo hatchback trims. Standard features in the base 2015 BMW 3 Series include Bluetooth, a USB port and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, a moonroof, a rearview camera, side- and top-view cameras, parking sensors, a Harman Kardon audio system, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display and lane departure warning. Most critics are pleased that the iDrive system operates quickly and features sharp graphics, though a few note that rival systems require fewer clicks to change simple settings.

Safety features on all models include front-impact airbags that deploy at different rates depending on the severity of impact, front passenger side-impact airbags, full-cabin, curtain-type head protection airbags, ABS, stability control, traction control and BMW Assist eCall crash notification system. Safety options include side and top view cameras, a adaptive cruise control, parking assist, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian warning, collision mitigation, all-wheel drive.

Interior Features

Standard features in the base 2015 BMW 320i include a nine-speaker audio system, push-button start, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which has a 6.5-inch display. Available features include adaptive cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, a moonroof, a rearview camera, side- and top-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display and lane departure warning.

Test drivers agree that iDrive is much more intuitive than it used to be, with sharp graphics, quick load times and a logical on-screen menus. However, some critics point out that rival systems allow you to change infotainment settings with fewer adjustments.

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