2015 BMW 3-Series | new car review

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by
2015 BMW 3-Series
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The BMW 3-Series has been around since 1975 and faces stiff competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. But is BMW’s significantly longer presence in the Entry-level Luxury segment enough to make a better car than the other two?


Exterior styling of the Gran Turisomo


Styling of the sedan


With the introduction of the 4-Series in the brand’s line-up, they’ve bid farewell to the 3-Series Coupe and Convertible, but fret not because the 3-Series badge can still be found on the Sedan and the slightly more practical Gran Turismo models. The squinted angel eye headlamps and slatted lower grille with a scattering of chrome, combine to form a rather aggressive mug – almost like the 3-Series is waiting to pounce on the car in front. The rear end on the Gran Turismo is home to a large rear diffuser, individual chrome tipped exhaust pipes, and a rear spoiler, making it a lot snazzier than the conservative and dull in comparison, Sedan.

2014 BMW 3-Series exterior collage


With 16 choices of upholstery colours and nearly as many interior trims to choose from, everything from walnut wood trim to brushed aluminium and silver matt is available in the 2015 BMW 3-Series. In usual BMW flare, the interior packs in ample amounts of leather and a fair bit of soft-touch materials while hiding the hard plastics in areas most people don’t usually dig into. However, it is the 200mm longer, 16mm wider and 79mm taller Grand Turismo that has the upper hand in comfort when compared to the Sedan.

2014 BMW 3-Series interior


Contact-less opening of the tailgate by placing your foot below the rear bumper is a feature we first encountered on the Ford Escape. However, like all other technology, it has now migrated and is available on the 3-Series as well. For those who absolutely dread parallel parking, the 3-Series is equipped with an Auto Park feature that takes care of steering, so that all you have to do is press the accelerator and brake pedals, ensuring you get the parking bang-on in the first attempt itself.

2015 BMW 3-Series GT side

What’s on offer?

A total of five engine choices are available on the 3-Series, where the smallest of the lot is the 1.6 litre unit fitted into the 316i. Good for 136 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque, the 316i boasts a 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h. On the other hand, the 3.0 litre engine fitted in the M3 sends 431 raging horses to all four wheels, accompanied by 550 Nm of torque. With a top speed of 250 km/h and a 0 – 100 km/h time of just 4.3 seconds, the M3 is our weapon of choice.

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo side

Summing it…

Ever since the 1-Series surfaced, the 3-Series has lost its image of being the budget entry point into the brand. Today, the 3-Series is a genuinely good car with decent features and a fair bit of practicality to go with it. We like it!



Specifications2015 BMW 316i2015 BMW 320i2015 BMW 328i2015 BMW 335i2015 BMW M3
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl3.0 litre Twin turbo V63.0 litre Twin turbo V6
Max Power
136 hp @ 4,350 RPM184 hp @ 5,000 RPM245 hp @ 6,500 RPM306 hp @ 6,000 RPM431 hp @ 7,300 RPM
Max Torque
220 Nm @ 1,350 RPM270 Nm @ 4,500 RPM350 Nm @ 4,800 RPM400 Nm @ 5,000 RPM550 Nm @ 5,500 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic7 speed automatic
DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.2 secs7.3 secs6.1 secs5.5 secs4.3 secs
Top speed210 km/h235 km/h250 km/h250 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 146,000AED 169,000AED 195,000AED 249,000AED 410,000

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