The 320 is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 180 horsepower. You have a choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Like most BMWs, the 320 starts out as a rear-driver, but you can opt for the xDrive all-wheel drive system. You can expect a healthy 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a premium nine-speaker sound system with HD radio and a CD player. Seats are upholstered in leather-like vinyl that BMW calls SensaTec, and wood trim is available as an upgrade.
You get a major injection of luxury of with the Premium package, which adds a leather interior with power front seats and driver memory, satellite radio, keyless ignition, a hands-free power trunk lid, a sunroof and auto-dimming heated mirrors.
The Cold Weather package gets you heated seats all around, a heated steering wheel and headlamp washers. For safety's sake, the Driver Assistance package equips the 320 with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. There's also a Lighting package with adaptive xenon headlights and LED accent lights.
The sole performance upgrade is the Sport package, which features a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats and matte chrome exterior trim.
A navigation system is available on every 320 as a standalone option. Note that many of features of the Premium package (power seats, leather, etc.) are available individually.
Adding too many options to the 320 spoils its best attribute: value. We would simply add the Premium package (which is loaded with goodies for $3,200) and call it a day.
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