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BMW 3-Series

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3.75 (Good)

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The 3-Series is the cornerstone of the BMW brand. It's the nameplate upon which the reputation of the roundel lies upon, and it's the vehicle whose athleticism lends credence to that idea of the "Ultimate Driving Machine." The new 2019 BMW 3-Series is the next generation of the brand's most important moneymaker, and it makes big promises about returning to form dynamically while advancing technologically. In the face of relentless competition, it will have to do just that if it wants to remain the segment favorite.

2019 - 2020 BMW 3-Series

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 BMW 3-Series

Major changes included:

One of the greatest assets of the 3-Series is its versatility; it's powerful, comfortable, luxurious, and sporting – not to mention the three available body styles each offer a unique blend of style and practicality. For 2019, the 3-Series is offered as an all-new sedan or the carryover wagon and five-door Gran Turismo. Read more »

2019 | 2020

2018 - 2018 BMW 3-Series

3/4 Front Glamour 2018 BMW 3-Series

Major changes included:

BMW makes it easy to lose an afternoon on its website building the ideal 3-Series. Specifically, there are three body styles – sedan, Sport Wagon, and Gran Touring – four powertrains (not counting the M3), and five trim levels to mix and match. To add to the fun, each trim level has multiple packages and... Read more »


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