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BMW 3 Series

There are few more iconic model lines in the prestige car market than the BMW 3 Series line-up.

Launched in 1975, it was the second-generation E30, released in 1983, that better reflected BMW's rear-wheel drive compact sedan aspirations.

Those aspirations were even more apparent with the M3, which debuted in 1986, and reset the bar by which rear-drive sporting sedans would be forever judged.

Now into its sixth generation, the line consists of the four-door 3 Series sedan and convertible ranging from the $69,900 3 Series 320i M Sport to the $109,900 3 Series M340I Xdrive. Also - somewhat unusually - a two-door derivative known as the 4 Series. There is an increased focused on its M3 and M4 sports car lines, as well, with the largest array of fast 3 Series ever derived now on sale.

BMW 3 Series Models Price and Specs

The price range for the BMW 3 Series varies based on the trim level you choose. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $113,190
2021 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $56,600 $82,060
2021 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $69,900 $109,900
2021 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $79,900 $79,900
2020 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $113,190
2020 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $56,600 $82,060
2019 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $35,600 $83,600
2019 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $39,300 $67,320
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $44,800 $73,370
2018 Sedan 1.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $27,300 $73,920
2018 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $33,100 $59,510
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $37,700 $64,790
2017 Sedan 1.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $22,600 $66,550
2017 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $28,500 $69,300
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $32,400 $58,410
See All BMW 3 Series Pricing and Specs

BMW 3 Series Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the BMW 3 Series here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy a second hand 2012 BMW 328i imported from Germany?

    That’s quite low mileage for a 2012 vehicle and, on the surface, suggests that it has led a pretty easy life. but you’d still only buy it if it is presented with a fully-stamped service book to prove that all the critical preventative maintenance has been carried out. These are complex, high performance cars and they won’t tolerate neglect in terms of skipped services.

    The major mechanical problems with these cars were found in the engine’s variable valve timing (VANOS) system. Any 'Engine Malfunction' message or 'Check Engine' light in the dashboard could quite easily be caused by a fault in this system. The VANOS arrangement was also the first system to show the effects of poor servicing, so make sure it checks out before you hand over the cash. Fundamentally, though, these cars are not low-maintenance units, so make sure you budget for the necessary ongoing servicing.

    Don’t forget, also, that this series of BMW was caught up in the Takata air-bag debacle. So make sure the car has been attended to as part of the global recall and don’t take a chance on any car with no proof of this air-bag replacement being carried out.

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  • BMW 328i 2013: Faulty injector

    I would only replace the faulty one, unless the others are suspect in which case it’s probably best to replace all of them.

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  • BMW 3 Series: replacement key cost
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  • Is the BMW 335i reliable and a good car?

    With a turbocharged twin-cam six-cylinder, yes the BMW 335i is a great car! The key is to drive the car with an amount of mechanical sympathy, and get it serviced on the dot so it stays a picture of reliability. These are complex luxury cars so don't go in thinking you'll never spend a dollar on it, but they're well-made fast and fun cars.

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BMW 3 Series Colours

  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black
  • Black Sapphire
  • Melbourne Red
  • Glacier Silver
  • Mineral White
  • Mineral Grey
  • Mediterranean Blue
  • Sunset Orange
  • Vermont Bronze
  • Dravit Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the BMW 3 Series 2019.

BMW 3 Series Interior

The BMW 3 Series is on the cutting edge when it comes to interior design and execution. As these images show, its cabin is covered in luxurious Vernasca leather upholstery, while aluminium trim adds some much-needed shine. The flashy dashboard is punctuated by a large touchscreen multimedia system, which sits alongside a digital instrument cluster.

BMW 3 Series Dimensions

The dimensions of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, Wagon and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1435x1827x4709 mm 136 mm
2021 Wagon 1440x1827x4709 mm 141 mm
2020 Sedan 1435x1827x4709 mm 136 mm
2020 Wagon 1440x1827x4709 mm 141 mm
2019 Wagon 1429x1811x4624 mm 140 mm
2019 Hatchback 1508x1828x4824 mm 165 mm
2019 Sedan 1429x1811x4624 mm 140 mm
2018 Wagon 1429x1811x4624 mm 140 mm
2018 Sedan 1429x1811x4624 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1508x1828x4824 mm 165 mm
2017 Sedan 1429x1811x4624 mm 140 mm
2017 Wagon 1429x1811x4624 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1508x1828x4824 mm 165 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW 3 Series Dimensions

BMW 3 Series Wheel Size

The BMW 3 Series has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x40 R19 for Wagon in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Wagon 225x40 R19 255x35 R19
2021 Sedan 225x45 R18 255x40 R18
2020 Wagon 225x40 R19 19x8 inches 255x35 R19 19x8.5 inches
2020 Sedan 225x45 R18 18x7.5 inches 255x40 R18 18x8.5 inches
2019 Sedan 225x45 R18 18x8 inches 225x45 R18 18x8 inches
2019 Wagon 225x45 R18 18x8 inches 225x45 R18 18x8 inches
2019 Hatchback 225x45 R19 19x8 inches 225x40 R19 19x9 inches
2018 Sedan 225x45 R18 18x8 inches 255x40 R18 18x8.5 inches
2018 Wagon 225x45 R18 18x8 inches 225x45 R18 18x8 inches
2018 Hatchback 225x45 R19 19x8 inches 225x40 R19 19x9 inches
2017 Sedan 225x45 R18 18x8 inches 255x40 R18 18x8.5 inches
2017 Wagon 225x45 R18 18x8 inches 225x45 R18 18x8 inches
2017 Hatchback 225x50 R18 18x8 inches 225x50 R18 18x8 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW 3 Series Wheel Sizes

BMW 3 Series Fuel Consumption

The BMW 3 Series is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP, PULP, Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 2.1L/100km for Sedan /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Sedan 2.1L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 Sedan 6.3L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 Wagon 7L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 2.2L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 4.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 6.3L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 6.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 7L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 4.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 2.1L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 4.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 5.9L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 6.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 5.9L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 4.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 2.1L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 4.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 5.4L/100km 1.5L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 6.3L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 2.1L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 4.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 5.4L/100km 1.5L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All BMW 3 Series Pricing and Specs for 2021

BMW 3 Series Towing Capacity

The BMW 3 Series has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Sedan 0kg 1600kg
2021 Wagon 1600kg 1600kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 1600kg
2020 Wagon 1600kg 1600kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 1700kg
2019 Hatchback 1600kg 1600kg
2019 Wagon 1600kg 1600kg
2018 Sedan 1300kg 1700kg
2018 Hatchback 1600kg 1600kg
2018 Wagon 1600kg 1600kg
2017 Sedan 1300kg 1700kg
2017 Hatchback 1500kg 1600kg
2017 Wagon 1600kg 1600kg
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BMW 3 Series Seats

The following BMW 3 series comes with five seats. The 320i and 320d variants both come with Alcantara and Sensatec combination seat upholstery in Black with Blue contrast stitching as standard. Leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery is available as an optional extra, with the choice of Canberra Beige, Black, Mocha, Oyster or Cognac. The 330i, 330e and M340i xDrive variants all come with the choice between Alcantara/Sensatec or Leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery as standard. In combination with either the optional M Sport or Luxury Line Packages, all variants are available with BMW Individual Extended Leather Trim ‘Merino,’ with the choice of Fjord Blue/Black bicolour, Black, Ivory White, Fiona Red/Black bicolour or Tartufo.

BMW 3 Series Seats
Shown above are seat details for the BMW 3 Series 2019.