We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering would you buy one?
What is it?
This is BMW's main model accounting for more sales than any other model. The 320i is a favourite of the "executive buyer" and "user chooser" offering class, luxury, safety, economy and sporty performance in a practical and good looking four door sedan.
It's now up to $60,500 but the options list is longer than your arm which means you could crank up the price to eye watering levels pretty easily. BMW offers option "packages" that are more affordable.
What are competitors?
Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Infiniti Q50, Volvo S60, Lexus IS250
What's under the bonnet?
The 320i is a (twin scroll) turbo 2.0-litre petrol four cylinder with variable valve timing and valve lift for efficiency gains and direct fuel injection. It achieves 135kW/270Nm and drives the rear wheels through an eight speed auto with launch control.
How does it go?
Really well, the figures don't suggest a sporty drive feel but the 320i is a driver's car with plenty of punch thanks to the new eight speed auto and great dynamics.
Is it economical?
Drinking 95 octane fuel, the 320i can sip as little as 6.0-litres/100 km. We actually achieved this figure with mixed driving on test.
Is it green?
4.5 stars, has auto stop/start, regenerative braking, low rolling resistance tyres, sophisticated engine management.
Is it safe?
Five stars with a whole bunch of active and passive safety features to protect in a collision or to avoid one in the first place.
Is it comfortable?
Comfort plus enhanced by more spec since late last year that brought BMW ConnectedDrive technology for phone, computer and other digital solutions.
Generous standard equipment includes leather upholstery, decent audio, Professional Navigation system, upgraded iDrive controller, drive assist features electric adjust driver's seat rain sensing wipers and auto headlights, multi-function wheel,park distance control, cruise with brake function, three mode drive select with Eco, Sport and Sport+, keyless start.
What's it like to drive?
Really good, we can totally understand why the 320i is a popular choice because it's an engaging, comfortable, attractive, quality car with a sporty flavour. Minimal cost at the bowser, high safety rating.
The 320i is competent across a wide range of driving applications - commuting, general running around, touring, cruising and sporty driving all fall within its capabilities.
Is it value for money?
Against the competition, the 320i is right in there but the stove is getting hotter. Additional features added last year are a step in the right direction. The options list is way too long occupying the lion's share of the 3-Series online brochure.