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Redesigned in 2012, the BMW 335i is available as a sedan, coupe and convertible, and remains one of the 3-series most intriguing offerings. Returning this year is the xDrive (for the sedan) trim level featuring all-wheel drive. Renowned for it's performance and commitment to luxury, the 335i features a turbocharged inline V6 as its base engine. This impressive piece of machinery produces 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pound of torque while still retaining fuel efficiency ratings more common to four cylinder engines. Driver's can expect to see 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway, with a combined fuel rating of 26 MPG. Engine upgrades are available on several trim levels.
The 335i is available in a variety of presentations. Drivers must choose if they want the elegant four-door sedan, the sporty coupe, or the flashy convertible, and what trim level and options they prefer. The 335i is available as two-door coupe or four-door sedan, and a convertible. The 335is is available as a two-door coupe and convertible, but not as a sedan, while the 335i xDrive is offered as a two-door coupe a four-door sedan. The xDrive features a newly redesigned all-wheel drive system which was strictly designed with safety in mind - and not performance, and it is not available as a convertible. No matter what configuration you choose, the base engine options and interior are roughly the same.
Like all BMWs, the cabin of the 335i is well-designed with high-quality materials and consideration for the operation of the vehicle. The sedan has four separate options for equipment and each changes the color and trim inside the cabin. This enables buyers to customize their interior and is a welcome addition. Even the most cost effective options feature quality materials which appear and feel more luxurious than one might expect. One minor complaint is that BMWs iDrive interface is a complex piece of technology. It has a steep learning curve and often simple changes require a series of endless navigation to achieve the desired result. That said, nearly every facet of the driving experience can be customized from this device - making the education worthwhile.
Driving the 335i is rewarding. The raw pavement tearing torque generated from the turbocharged V6 is impressive. The roar of the engine, the sharp steering, and balanced chassis ensure drivers a thrilling and reflexive driving experience, leaving the 335i as a well-rounded and sophisticated choice - no matter what your needs.
The base 335i is available as a four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and a convertible. All models are powered by a 3.0 liter inline turbocharged v6 engine with 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque. All three are equipped with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission is available on three models.
Standard features are based on the BMW 328i with some exceptions. The features include: eight-way power front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, iDrive electronic interface, premium sound system, CD player, auxiliary input jack, iPod interface, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, leather steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering, Bluetooth, adaptive auto-leveling xenon headlights, automatic high beams, and a sunroof. The coupe and convertible have 17-inch alloy wheels in lieu of the 18-inch and the iDrive interface, LED running lights, and automatic high beams are gone. In addition, the convertible gets heat-reflective leather seats.
BMW does its best to accommodate drivers and options are plentiful and available on most trim levels, or they become standard features. Most of the 335i body styles can be upgraded with larger wheels, power systems like automatic parking (sedan), parking sensors, keyless entry and ihnition, active steering, heated front and rear seats, navigation systems (adds the IDrive if missing), satellite radio, heated steering, upgraded surround-sound audio system, and a power rear sunshade (coupe only).
Optional luxury lines (available in the sedan) allows for different interior color schemes, trim, and seats, while also modifying the wheel design and suspension tuning. These are referred too as the Luxury, Modern, Sport, or M Sport equipment line.
The 335i xDrive is fitted identically to the 335i in regards to base features and option packages. Like the 335i it is powered by an inline 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine which produces 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pound of torque. The notable difference in these trim levels is the inclusion of all-wheel drive on the xDrive. Unlike many European imports, the all-wheel drive BMW features is built primairly with safety in mind - not performance.
Unlike the 335i, the 335is is only offered as a two-door coupe or convertible. Also changed is the engine, and in is place is a rousing twin-turbocharged V6 with 320 horsepower and 332 foot-pounds of torque. In addition, drivers will love the over-boost function which wil ratchet the torque temporarily up to 370 foot-pound. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but enthusiasts will want the seven-speed dual-clutch manual (BMW calls this the DCT). Standard features and options remain largely the same as the 335i with a few notable exceptions. The 335is is fitted with a firmer sport suspension, sport exhaust, 18-inch wheels, sport seats, and a sport steering wheel.
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