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2020s 3-Series Available:
The 2020 3-Series is available and includes an M340i performance edition. The previously offered wagon and GT models are no longer available. The order books for the 2021 model (a carryover) are now open. Check with your BMW dealer to learn more, including lease and finance offers.
The current offers are in place through August 31, 2020. We're not expecting any changes before September.
The examples listed here are based on the western states, including California.
Cash offers for the taking:
Finance your 2020 3-Series with BMW Financial and you'll receive a $2,500 APR credit. If you're a current BMW owner or are coming from a competing brand, a $1,000 loyalty/conquest bonus is available.
Also available is a recent college graduate bonus worth $1,000 for eligible shoppers. One of the stipulations for these bonuses, however, is that you will have to finance or lease through BMW Financial.
Excellent financing continues:
You can finance your 2020 3-Series for 0.9-percent APR for up to 60 months. The APR Credit is reflected in this offer.
This rate is the best we've seen in years and is better than what some competitors have in place.
Lease from $419 per month:
A lease offer on the 2020 330i Sedan (includes $1,000 Conquest/Loyalty) is in place. Here, you'll pay $419 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing.
Your effective monthly cost is $530, which is an average deal. To qualify for this one, you'll have to come from another BMW lease or that of a competitor. If you aren't eligible, you'll need to make up the difference in the amount due.
BMW’s lease deals include 10,000 miles per year of driving allowance. At lease end, you will pay a $350 disposition fee.
Prices vary by style
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The 2021 BMW 3-Series continues as the brand's go-to sport sedan, delivering inspired performance with more room and luxury than previous generations.
This year, a 330e plug-in hybrid model joins the roster, offering 23 miles of all-electric range. The rest of the 3-Series lineup sees only minor equipment revisions, the most notable being wireless Android Auto becoming standard.
Choosing Your BMW 3-Series
The compact 3-Series is offered in three trim levels: 330i, 330e, and M340i. The 330i is the volume model and starts at $42,245 including destination, while the high-performing M340i begins at $55,695.
The 330i carries a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the M340i gets a turbo six-cylinder. The 330e, meanwhile, pairs an electric motor and a 12-kWh battery with the turbo-four engine.
Engine Type | Horsepower | Torque | Fuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder | 255 hp | 294 lb-ft | Not Yet Rated
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid | 288 hp | 310 lb-ft | 28 mpg
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder | 382 hp | 368 lb-ft | Not Yet Rated
All three powertrains are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control and paddle shifters. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board, but all-wheel drive (xDrive, in BMW speak) is available on all three for $2,000.
The plug-in hybrid 330e gets 23 miles of electric range with RWD and 20 miles with AWD, according to the EPA. In term of miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe), the 330e returns 75 MPGe combined with RWD, or 67 MPGe combined with AWD.
While fuel economy for the gas engines hasn't been announced by the EPA, last year's mechanically-identical models returned 30 mpg combined (330i) and 25 mpg combined (M340i).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The 3-Series can seat five passengers if needed, but four is the limit for achieving comfort. The trunk offers 13 cubic feet of cargo space, which actually increases to 13.2 cubic feet in the 330e.
The 3-Series starts out with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams.
The $700 Driving Assistance Package ($500 on the 330e) adds lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. With those features in place, buyers can opt for the Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic jam assist, and front evasion assist.
Buyers can top things off with an automated parking system for $700. Front and rear parking sensors are also available on their own for $200.
The standard infotainment system packs an 8.8-inch touchscreen, a touchpad controller, an 8.8-inch gauge cluster, navigation, satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
On the 330e, Android Auto mysteriously disappears, but it gains HD radio. The M340i gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch driver information display. The larger touchscreen and digital gauge cluster are available on the 330i for $900.
Wireless device charging and wi-fi capability come in a $500 bundle, while a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system is available for $875. A head-up display is available as part of the Premium Package ($1,400 to $3,200, depending on the trim).
330i - From $42,245
The 330i comes standard with a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, wood or aluminum interior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED headlights with cornering.
Most remaining features are bundled into the three progressive option packages. The $900 Convenience Package furnishes four-way power lumbar front seat adjustments, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry, and a hands-free power trunk lid.
These goodies are included in the $3,200 Premium Package, along with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, the 10.25-inch touchscreen, the 12.3-inch fully digital cockpit, and a head-up display. The top-shelf Executive Package ($4,400) adds touchscreen gesture control and adaptive LED headlights with laser augmentation.
330e - From $45,545
The new 330e model adds an electric motor to the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. It also gets a 1.4-kW charging cable, an improved power-steering assist system, and extra-lightweight chassis components.
Here, the Convenience Package costs $1,450 and also includes blind-spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors. The Premium Package is only $2,850, but doesn't include the larger touchscreen or gauge cluster.
M340i - From $55,695
The M340i gets major boost in performance from the six-cylinder turbocharged engine. Beyond that, an M sport differential, M sport brakes, M sport suspension, an M rear spoiler, an aerodynamic body kit, and unique 18-inch wheels are standard.
Inside, the M340i adds the 10.25-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital cockpit, keyless entry, ambient lighting, a hands-free trunk, and leatherette on the dashboard.
The Cooling and High Performance Tire Package ($1,500) gives the M340i a larger cooling fan, a second engine oil cooler, and high-performance tires. The scaled-down version of the Premium Package is $1,400, and the Executive is priced at $2,600.
The Premium Package is the cheapest route to features that make the 330i a properly equipped 2021 BMW 3-Series. The Driving Assistance Package is rather essential from a safety standpoint, and a good value to boot.
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