The 320i carries a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 180 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard, but a six-speed manual remains available as no-cost option. Like most BMWs, the 320i starts out as a rear-driver, and 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. 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 leather upholstery, power front seats with 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 320i with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. There's also a Lighting package with LED headlights and foglamps.
For a more aggressive feel, the Sport package tacks on 18-inch wheels, a black headliner, sport seats, and an M Sport steering wheel. Dedicated enthusiasts might want to consider the new Track Handling package, which includes an adaptive sport suspension and upgraded steering and brakes.
Navigation remains a standalone option. You can also order many of the Premium features (power seats, leather, etc.) on an individual basis.
Adding too many options to the 320i spoils its best attribute: value. We would simply add the Premium package (which is loaded with goodies for $3,100) and call it a day.
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