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BMW 330i 2019 review: snapshot

BMW says the 330i will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.8sec.

At $70,990 before on-road costs, the 330i tops the two model 3 Series launch range.

A 2.0-litre single turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine sits under the 330i’s bonnet incorporating direct-injection, as well as variable valve and cam timing. Peak outputs are 190kW from 5000-6500rpm and 400Nm between 1550-4400rpm.

BMW says the 330i will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.8sec, yet it’s claimed to consume a handy 6.4L/100km emitting 147g/km of CO2 in the process.

The 3 Series standard equipment list is long, including ‘Adaptive LED headlights’ (with ‘High-Beam Assistant’), LED fog lights and tail-lights, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors (with electric fold-in function), rain-sensing wipers, three-zone climate control, electrically-adjustable sports front seats (with memory function for driver and front passenger), wireless smartphone charging, ‘Aluminium Tetragon’ interior trim finishers, 12.3-inch ‘BMW Live Cockpit Professional’ digital instrument display, ‘Navigation System Professional’ with 10.25-inch digital touchscreen display also managing a 10-speaker, 205-watt audio system, including a 20GB hard drive and DAB+ digital radio. Apple CarPlay is included.

Also included are ‘BMW TeleServices’ taking in ‘ConnectedDrive’(free use of vehicle apps via ‘BMW Online’), real-time traffic info and ‘Concierge Services’. The ‘BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant’ responds to a “Hey BMW’ voice command with a range of hands-free functions like nav, calls and texts. We had mixed success in challenging this friendly PA.

The 330i adds 19-inch alloys, ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery, ‘Comfort Access’ (keyless entry to all doors), adaptive suspension, M Sport brakes, ‘Driving Assistant Professional’ (active cruise control with ‘Stop&Go’ function, front and rear cross-traffic warning, steering and lane control assist, lane keeping assistant with side collision warning, crossroads warning and ‘Evasion Aid’), and ‘Parking Assistant Plus’ (‘Parking Assistant’ with ‘Active Park Distance Control’ rear, ‘Reversing Assistant’, ‘Surround View’, ‘Panorama View’, and ‘3D View’)

And the new 3 Series’ standard safety package is exactly where it needs to be, now including a swag of current active safety tech as well as eight airbags.

BMW offers a three year/unlimited km warranty, which is drifting off the pace now with the majority of mainstream brands stepping up to five-year cover, with some at seven.

On the upside, bodywork is covered for 12 years, the paint for three, and 24-hour roadside assistance is complimentary for three years.

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