2020 bmw 3 series

The 2020 BMW 3 Series is one of the sportiest sedans in our luxury small car rankings, scoring in the top half of our list. It’s nimble yet comfortable, with a roomy cabin and a spacious trunk.

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2020 BMW 3-Series: What you need to know
2020 BMW 3-Series: What you need to know

Is the BMW 3 Series a Good Car?
Yes, the 2020 BMW 3 Series is a great car. Performance highlights include lively engines and responsive handling. This sports sedan is not only fun to drive, but it also won’t leave you feeling beat up after a full day on the road, thanks to its well-balanced suspension system. It has few shortcomings, though, as some rivals best the 3 Series when it comes to interior extravagances and infotainment usability.

Should I Buy the BMW 3 Series?

2020 BMW 3-Series: What you need to know
The 3 Series sedan faithfully aligns with BMW’s reputation for dynamic, balanced performance. Still, it isn’t the only sports sedan in the class. The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Genesis G70 are among the top performers in our luxury small car rankings. It’s also worthwhile to check out the Audi A4 for its cutting-edge technology, or if you want one of the nicest interiors in the segment, consider the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Should I Buy a New or Used BMW 3 Series?

2020 BMW 3-Series: What you need to know
BMW redesigned the 3 Series sports sedan from the ground up for 2019. The 2020 model carries forward with relatively few changes, so you can likely save some greenbacks by shopping for a 2019 model. If you’re eyeing the high-performance M340i, you’ll have to buy a new BMW, as this variant is new for 2020.

When it comes to body styles, powertrain choices, and performance editions, shoppers have a broader selection with the previous generation. For example, 2018 models are available as the Gran Turismo hatchback body style, the Sports Wagon, the 425-horsepower M3, the plug-in hybrid 330e iPerformance, and the diesel-powered 328d.

2020 BMW 3 Series: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 3 Series and 2019 3 Series reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed
Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You’ll find everything you need to know about the 3 Series in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 10 professional BMW 3 Series reviews.

BMW 3 Series Touring Interior
BMW 3 Series Touring Interior

Why You Can Trust Us
The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the BMW 3 Series Cost?
For 2020, retail prices of the 2020 3 Series sedan start at $40,750. That’s above the median price of a luxury small car by about $2,500. For more details on pricing, trim levels, and features, see our Which BMW 3 Series Model Is Right for Me? section below.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

BMW 3 Series Versus the CompetitionWhich Is Better: BMW 3 Series or Audi A4?
The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series are two excellent luxury small cars, so choosing between them depends on your priorities. Spirited drivers will likely prefer the performance of the BMW, which routinely earns praise for its responsive handling and peppy engines. The Audi is the better pick if value and interior amenities top your list. It comes standard with more goodies – including leather seats – and has exceptional safety and entertainment technology.BMW 3 Series Versus the CompetitionWhich Is Better

Which Is Better: BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
If slipping into a lavish luxury car sounds like a dream come true, you’ll want to take a look at the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Hallmarks of its exquisite interior include real wood inlays, plush front seats, and lots of high-tech standard safety features. The base 330i wins out over the C300 when it comes to athletic performance, but Mercedes takes the lead when it comes to high-performance editions with its 503-horsepower AMG C 63 S. Mercedes also offers the choice between sedan, convertible, and two-door coupe body styles for the C-Class. Shoppers should sample both the Mercedes and the BMW to see which best fits their personality.

3 Series InteriorHow Many People Does the 3 Series Seat?
The 2020 3 Series is available only as a four-door, five-seat sedan. The front seats have supportive cushions and a nice array of power adjustments, and the rear seats offer enough legroom for tall travelers. All models come standard with BMW’s Sensatec synthetic leather upholstery. For a swankier cabin, check the options box for Vernasca leather seats, contrast stitching, or heated seats in the front and rear.

3 Series and Child Car Seats
The back seat of the 3 Series has two complete sets of LATCH connections.

2020 bmw 3 series interior

3 Series Interior Quality
The majority of the materials throughout the 3 Series cabin are of a high quality, and interior styling is handsome. This cabin isn’t as opulent as some, though. A few lower-grade items are present, and some may find the design to be too minimalistic.

3 Series Cargo Space
The 3 Series sedan has a roomy 17-cubic-foot trunk. That’s larger than most in the class offer, and it can carry an extra suitcase or two compared to the Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans. A fold-down rear seat is standard, and a power trunk lid or hands-free trunk lid are optional.

 

3 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 2020 3 Series comes with the best iDrive infotainment interface to date, though the system still has a few bugs. On the plus side, it has sharp graphics, a customizable home screen, and an available digital assistant that learns your habits to automate some settings. For example, if you like to warm up the seats when it’s frosty outside, the optional Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA, for short) will automatically turn on your heated seats when the temperature drops.

The voice commands are hit-or-miss, however, as are the optional gesture controls. Other available upgrades include an enhanced interface with a 10.25-inch display, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and Apple CarPlay as a subscription service.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay?

3 Series Performance3 Series Engine: 2 Sporty Choices
For 2020, BMW offers two turbocharged engines for the 3 Series. The 330i comes with a 255-horsepower four-cylinder that enables this sports sedan to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. It’s lively and well-mannered, with no discernable lag or coarseness. Spirited drivers that can afford more will want the M340i xDrive. Its 382 horsepower six-cylinder engine shaves the car’s zero-to-60 time to 4.1 seconds (the rear-wheel-drive model accomplishes this feat in a still-impressive 4.4 seconds). Complementing both engines is a smooth, responsive eight-speed automatic transmission.

3 Series Gas Mileage: Excellent
Rear-wheel-drive editions of the 330i get 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is one of the highest ratings among nonhybrid luxury small cars. Annual fuel costs are about $100 more on models outfitted with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. At the time of this writing, fuel economy ratings are not yet available for the M340i.

3 Series Ride and Handling: Athletic Yet Comfortable
The 3 Series behaves just the way a proper sports sedan should. It’s balanced and has responsive steering, and the suspension system keeps body movements in check without being so firm that you feel uncomfortable. Those who want to dial up performance should consider options like sport-tuned brakes, enhanced steering, and upgraded suspension systems. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive, and you can add xDrive (BMW’s name for all-wheel drive).

3 Series ReliabilityIs the BMW 3 Series Reliable?
J.D. Power gives the 2020 BMW 3 Series a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

BMW 3 Series Warranty
BMW covers its vehicles with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a BMW 3 Series?
The cost of insuring a BMW 3 Series will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

3 Series Safety 3 Series Crash Test Results
Crash test ratings are not yet available on the 2020 BMW 3 Series from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2019 sedan, which is nearly identical, was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. That’s the organization’s highest safety designation.

3 Series Safety Features
A healthy number of advanced features have been added to the base 3 Series for 2020. In addition to a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers, this sports sedan now also comes with forward collision warning, pedestrian monitoring, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, and front and rear parking sensors.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, active parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a surround-view parking camera system, and lane departure warning.

3 Series Dimensions and Weight
The 3 Series is 15.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,589 to 3,968 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 BMW 3 Series Built?
BMW builds the 3 Series in Germany.

Which BMW 3 Series Model Is Right for Me?
The 3 Series currently comes in two trims – 330i and M340i – and is only available as a four-door sedan. The key differentiator between these trims is the engine, though the M340i also boasts a few interior upgrades.

Unless you can see yourself spending extra for a near-400-horsepower sports sedan, stick with the 330i. Its MSRP undercuts the M340i by more than $13,000. You can add almost any feature to the 330i, with the exception of the six-cylinder engine. Spirited drivers can keep their price below $50,000 and still get many sport-tuned components by adding on the M Sport package. BMW’s wealth of available options gives you the power to customize your ride with the features you want while keeping your price in a comfortable range.

BMW 3 Series 330i
The 330i comes with a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Prices start at $40,750 with rear-wheel drive and $42,750 with xDrive all-wheel drive. This BMW’s cabin features Sensatec upholstery (which is BMW’s synthetic leather), 14-way power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof.

Standard technology in the base model includes an 8.8-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, the iDrive 6.0 interface, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, and 10 speakers. Also standard is an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian monitoring, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive headlights.

There are three design collections to choose from, starting with the standard Sport Line. The Luxury offering costs $1,950 and adds chrome trim, ambient lighting, a sport steering wheel, and a Sensatec-upholstered dashboard. Highlights of the $5,200 M Sport include LED fog lights, an aerodynamic kit, and a sport-tuned suspension.

BMW 3 Series M340i
Under the hood of the M340i is a 382-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Like the base model, the M340i comes as either a rear-wheel-drive sedan ($54,000), or the all-wheel-drive M340i xDrive ($56,000).

Standard high-performance components include M sport brakes, variable sport steering, the M Sport suspension system, an aerodynamic kit, and an M rear spoiler. This trim also gets a 10.25-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a hands-free trunk lid. Its subscription-based Apple CarPlay includes one year of service.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

The Final Call
The 2020 BMW 3 Series answers the call when it comes to responsive handling, lively acceleration, and curb appeal. It’s a nicely balanced, fun-to-drive sports sedan that should be on any driving enthusiast’s short list. This BMW belongs to a very competitive segment, though, and it’s bested by a few rivals that have better technology or more luxurious interiors. At this price point, it’s worth checking out high-ranking luxury small cars such as the Audi A4, Genesis G70, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Read the full 2020 BMW 3-Series review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.