The base price of our test car was $23,300. Standard equipment included power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, central locking, AM//FM stereo cassette and air conditioning. Add destination charges of $570 and the sticker price is $23,870. Warranty
Four years or 50,000 miles. Point: The 318ti Sport is an inexpensive alternative to the more expensive 3-series models, and this is the last year for BMW enthusiasts to get one. The 4-cylinder engine and close-ratio manual transmission make it pepp while the sport suspension gives it cat-quick reflexes. Counterpoint: The 318's chopped-off tail may be too abrupt for some, but I didn't mind it. Radio and climate controls are not easy to read and the back seat is small. SPECIFICATIONS:
ENGINE: 1.9-liter, 4-cyl.
CONFIGURATION: Front-engine, rear-drive
WHEELBASE: 106.3 inches
CURB WEIGHT: 2,778 lbs.
BASE PRICE: $23,300
PRICE AS DRIVEN: $23,870
MPG RATING: 23 city, 32 hwy.