BMW 335i Sedan Car Price, Review 2012-2013
BMW’s 3-series sedan has long stood at the top of the luxury sport sedan segment for a variety of reasons. To begin with, its size has always been just right – not too small, not too big. Aesthetically, it’s always been pleasing to most eyes – not something that could be taken for granted during chief designer, Chris Bangle’s tenure. But mostly, what has made the 3 a benchmark is its well-rounded performance.
Let’s face it, when a manufacturer sets off to design an entry-level luxury/sport sedan, the car they target is this one – and some won’t even hide the fact, calling out BMW and touting their “latest and greatest” as the car that will finally topple the 3-series. And really, who can blame ‘em? After all, if you’re gonna target any car as “the one-to-beat”, you might as well go after The King. And in this class, the BMW 335i is still the King.
- Acceleration: Nearly as quick as last-generation E46 M3 (!!!) – turbo lag nearly imperceptible – pulls and pulls and pulls
- Handling: Traditional BMW balance and precise steering combined with excellent (read: unobtrusive) DSC allows you to adjust cornering attitude at will – still the class benchmark
- Braking: Never less than excellent on the street, they will start to go away on the track despite the brake fade compensation system’s best efforts (although in all fairness, this isn’t a track car)
- Exterior: Thankfully, Bangle’s hand was restrained by BMW’s board on the E90 3-series, with this mild facelift mostly improving the car further – organic shapes at the front seem out of place
- Interior: Starting to get a bit dated inside – aluminum option helps keep it more modern chic than the traditional wood
- Comfort: Great ride/handling balance combined with impressive build-quality results in a comfortable place to be… at least in the front
- Space: Excellent accommodations up front, less so in the rear where competitors offer more space
- Dynamics: The single best attribute of the 3-series range – after all, if you can avoid the accident in the first place…
- Technology: Everything you expect to find in a car at this price
- Price: Certainly starts to get expensive when you spec the 3 with all of the “must have” options, but somehow, it’s still worth it
- Mileage: Driven sanely, not too bad – driven on the boost…
- Heart thumpin’ factor: Excluding the awesome M3, it is the top-spec 3-series, but probably too common and practical to really make your heart soar
- Fun to spank: A little – although a limited-slip option would certainly help (nearly unforgivable oversight BMW!)
Layout: Front engine / Rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3 liter, twin-turbocharged Inline-6
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 1400-5000 rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed automatic
Curb Weight: 3605 lbs.
0-60 mph: 5.1 sec.
Top Speed: 150 mph
Mileage: 17 city / 26 highway
Base Price: $40,300
Competitors: Audi A4/S4, Mercedes-Benz C350, Infiniti G37