The 2017 BMW 3 Series should be near the top of the list for shoppers wanting a compact luxury sport sedan. Whether enjoying its blend of features and refinement or putting its smooth optional engine to the test, you'll be impressed. It runs in a crowded class, but the 3 Series is one of the best.
For 2017, a new four-cylinder engine in midlevel 3 Series models results in a name change (last year's 328i is now the 330i) and a slight power bump. The M Sport package is now standard on 340i models, although the Sport or Luxury package can be substituted at no additional cost. Wireless device charging and Apple CarPlay integration are new stand-alone options, and the 3 Series' iDrive infotainment interface is upgraded to the latest version.
For its class, the power output of the new 330i engine (248 hp/258 lb-ft of torque) is middle of the road. On the low end, the Infiniti Q50 2.0t offers 208 hp, and on the high end lies the Alfa Romeo Giulia at 280 hp. We believe BMW went for smoothness and linearity instead of break-neck performance because when this engine and the 8HP50 eight-speed automatic are combined, it’s sweetheart marriage. Quieter and smoother than the outgoing 328i’s turbo-four, many people might even mistake this small turbocharged four-cylinder for the eminently smooth, linear, naturally aspirated straight-six for which the E36/E46/E90 were once known.