Since its inception in 1975, the 3 Series has been a staple in the sport-sedan market, and for good reason. They were sporty, daily driver sedans that perfected the balance of performance, comfort and luxury elements. Long considered one of the most important sport-sedans ever built, the BMW 3 Series gets an eagerly anticipated redesign for 2019, and we could not have been more excited to hear the news. The new 3-Series was unveiled during the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October 2018 to much fanfare, with plans to go on sale during Spring of 2019.
Completely redesigned from the inside-out, the new, seventh-generation 3 Series makes a point to reaffirm its status as the leader in the sports-sedan segment. This week, we finally got our hands on the all-new 330xi and got to see the upgrades for ourselves. Spoiler Alert: We were not disappointed.
Sleeker. Sportier. Sexier.
At first glance, the changes on the 2019 330xi are fairly noticeable. Standard LED headlights grace the more aggressive-looking front end of the car, along with a raised front end that sits higher off the ground than its predecessor. LED headlights can be upgraded to BMW’s Laserlight adaptive headlights when optioned up. BMW’s trademark kidney grilles are more pronounced and fog light housings also feature a more distinctive design. However, make no mistake about it: it’s still the same 3 Series frame that we’ve come to know and love.
Dimension wise, the seventh-gen 3 series is only a tad longer than the sixth, measuring in at 185.7 inches, or just 2 inches longer. Vehicle height also more or less stays the same, with the new 3 series only adding about half an inch to the height, which could add slight relief to backseat riders seeking precious headroom. Although the 2019 3 series maintains much of the same sizing specs, the exterior appearance gives off much more of a wider stance, whereas the 2018 model stands a little more upright. Side exterior design lines are also a bit more emphasized on the new 3 Series, adding to that accentuated sporty styling we referenced.
Rear design elements feature slimmer LED headlights and standard sport dual exhaust.
Redefined Luxury and Features
Step inside the cabin of the 3 Series and you’ll find the same familiar confines that the German manufacturer is known for. Sensatec leatherette seating is standard but can be upgraded to the more premium and supple Vernasca leather, which we think is absolutely worth the extra coins.
Other luxury elements new for the 3 Series include an optional power tailgate, park assist that can pull your car out of a tight spot for you (yes, you read that correctly), and comfort access to all four doors of the sedan, a much-needed added feature for 2019.
Additional standard features include power front seats, power sunroof, oak trim, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Since the 2019 3 Series is the first of the seventh-gen cars, all materials are brand new, and fresh off the assembly line, which means build quality is even better than what we’ve traditionally come to expect from BMW.
iDrive 7.0 Integration
Turn your attention to the dash and you’ll find the first Live Cockpit as a premium option, a first-ever selection for the 3 Series.
The 2019 3 Series also utilizes BMW’s most recent Operating System, iDrive 7, which is integrated into the vehicle’s 8.8-inch standard touchscreen display. A wider 12.3-inch display is available via an option. Surprisingly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do NOT come standard, as you’ll have to opt for the Navigation Package upgrade to secure the underrated smartphone integration.
The vivid display is also very useful when utilizing the rearview camera, as picture quality is HD and can be manipulated via touchscreen for 360-degree views surrounding the sedan.
As with the all-new 2019 BMW X7, you’ll get the first year of these services free if you opt for them, but will cost you $80/year for the duration of your lease after that. BMW’s iDrive 7 also comes standard with motion hand gestures to control music and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant for voice search and function convenience.
Putting the Sport back in Sport Sedan
Performance on the 2019 330 was certainly taken up a notch this year. The 2.0L TwinTurbo four-cylinder engine outputs 255 horsepower, up 7 from last year and good for the most powerful production engine in 3 Series history according to BMW.
That’s good for a 0-60 time of a swift 5.6 and 5.3 seconds for the 330i and 330xi respectively for those keeping score at home.
The standard 18-inch wheels with all-season tires make for a comfortable ride and cabin noise on the highway is on the quiet side, with a fair amount of engine noise pumped in for good measure.
With an EPA estimated 26 mpg city, 36 highway, and 30 combined for the 330i and 25/34/28 mpg for the 330xi, BMW did it’s best not to sacrifice gas mileage for an uptick in performance.
In fact, it’s actually more fuel efficient than previous years, a welcome factor for those that will be utilizing the sedan as their daily driver.
Additionally, the 330 comes equipped with auto start/stop function, helping to conserve fuel during periods of inactivity.
Overall, the 2019 330xi is a fresh, welcome redesign of BMWs hallmark sport-sedan. Sleeker styling, upgraded performance, and innovative technology make the latest 3 Series a force to be reckoned with in the sport sedan segment.
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