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New look and eighth-generation iDrive infotainment keep G20 3 Series fresh

The BMW 3 Series has been updated inside and out, a little over three years since arriving in dealerships, in a bid to fend off the newer Mercedes C-Class.

Accounting for a huge 14% of BMW’s global sales, the crucial G20-generation 3 Series will remain on sale in this fresh-faced guise until around 2025, when the firm is expected to usher in a similarly positioned EV saloon as the first model atop its radical new Neue Klasse architecture.

For now, the 3 Series is largely mechanically unaltered, continuing with a choice of pure petrol, diesel (now with 48V mild-hybrid functionality) and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrains, ranging in outputs from 182bhp in the entry 320i to 369bhp in the warmed-up M340i, and with the option of four-wheel drive. The previous entry-level models, the 318i and 318d, are no longer listed. Prices now range from £36,670 to £52,965.

The facelifted 3 Series saloon and Touring estate, entering production in July, are obviously marked out from those currently on sale by a new-look front end, which hosts slimmer LED headlights with an L-shaped DRL signature, a resculpted grille and gloss black brake cooling vents.

At the rear, reshaped bumpers and colour-coded trim elements aim to give what BMW calls a “particularly sophisticated” look.

The M Sport cars are more overtly distinguished by a distinctive hexagonal lower air intake in the front bumper and a chunky diffuser at the rear. There's a choice of new M-Performance exterior upgrade options, too, including a carbonfibre rear diffuser, bespoke wheel designs of up to 20in in diameter and, for the saloon, a large rear spoiler.

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The 3 Series is also the latest model to get the new-look curved instrument panel that first appeared on the iX EV, hosting a 12.3in digital gauge cluster and a 14.9in infotainment screen with the firm’s latest, eighth-generation iDrive interface.

The new infotainment platform brings heavily upgraded functionality, ushering in wireless smartphone mirroring, advanced real-time mapping, parking space locator, voice control for key functions and the capacity for over-the-air upgrades and updates.

As part of a wider cabin overhaul, the central air vents have been slimmed down, there are new touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console and the shifter for the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox has been redesigned, while shifter paddles behind the steering wheel are now standard across the line-up.

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catnip 18 May 2022

I've got used to the styling of this model now and I quite like it, though I think the black framed grille which folds over onto the bonnet on this one looks a little odd. Its way more interesting to me than any SUV though.

Andrew1 18 May 2022
The fist conventional BMW with a decent dashboard.
Peter Cavellini 18 May 2022

Great car?, well, for me , yes, it may have not been the best overall, but, it was decent on Petrol (41-44mpg) ,the 320i sport I had over 36,000 never let me down,no surprise billls, took my family of four on Holidays, the manual gearbox was spot on , never felt lacking there, the make-over BMW have done have just shoved the price up, ok, Brexit and fuel prices have shot up which logistically means more costs for BMW,and also no alas the base price for a 320i is as it has been for three years out of Motobility car lending companies range, that's the main reason I switched to an X2, ironic, more car for less?