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2017 BMW 320

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$1,782 — $49,914 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
27-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Robust turbo-four gas engine
  • Smooth inline-six power
  • Handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Sedan's trunk room

The Bad

  • Spring-back turn signal and transmission levers
  • Leather optional
  • Many luxury features cost extra
2017 BMW 320 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 BMW 320
  • New 248-hp four-cylinder engine available
  • Gran Turismo hatchback body style available
  • Diesel engine available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Wireless smartphone charging, Wi-Fi hot spot available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

What it is: BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model and best-selling line. It's available as a sedan, wagon or Gran Turismo hatchback and as the M3 performance sedan.  Numerous drivetrains are offered, including turbocharged gas four-cylinder engines (320i and 330i models); a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (328d); a turbo gas six-cylinder (340i); and a plug-in hybrid (330e). The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive (designated xDrive) and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

(Skip to details on the 3 Series Gran Turismo, 330e and M3)
New for 2017
A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower replaces an engine of the same size that made 240 hp. The models that use it are now designated 330i instead of 328i. Wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot are new options, and the M Sport package is now standard on the 340i.
Significant Standard Features

  • 180-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (320i)
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 248-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder (330i)
  • 180-h...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model and best-selling line. It's available as a sedan, wagon or Gran Turismo hatchback and as the M3 performance sedan.  Numerous drivetrains are offered, including turbocharged gas four-cylinder engines (320i and 330i models); a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (328d); a turbo gas six-cylinder (340i); and a plug-in hybrid (330e). The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive (designated xDrive) and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

(Skip to details on the 3 Series Gran Turismo, 330e and M3)
New for 2017
A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower replaces an engine of the same size that made 240 hp. The models that use it are now designated 330i instead of 328i. Wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot are new options, and the M Sport package is now standard on the 340i.
Significant Standard Features

  • 180-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (320i)
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 248-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder (330i)
  • 180-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder (328d)
  • 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (340i)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Full-LED headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Wireless smartphone charging and Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Navigation system with over-the-air map updates
  • Power moonroof
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go technology
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning with mitigation feature

3 Series Gran Turismo
The 3 Series Gran Turismo is a four-door, coupelike hatchback version of BMW's compact luxury car. It's a larger car overall, measuring nearly 8 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller. The result is a roomier cabin, especially for backseat passengers, who get 2.8 inches of extra legroom. The front and rear seats are also positioned higher for easier entry and exit.

For 2017, new more powerful four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines result in new model designations: 330i and 340i. LED headlights are now standard, and wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot are now available.
What's Special

  • 248-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder (330i)
  • 320-hp, turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder (340i)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Cargo area has tie-down points, hooks and underfloor storage

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330e
The BMW 330e compact sedan is a plug-in hybrid that combines a 180-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 76-hp electric motor. A lithium-ion battery gives the 330e an EPA-estimated electric-only range of up to 14 miles before the gas engine takes over. Unlike many hybrids, the 330e uses an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of a continuously variable automatic.
What's Special

  • Blue grille trim for select exterior colors
  • 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack under the trunk
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Selectable driving modes

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M3
The M3 is a high-performance version of the 3 Series sedan. It's powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that's rated at 425 hp in base form. For 2017, the adaptive M Suspension is now standard.
What's Special

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Track-optimized cooling system
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system standard

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Really good deal for a luxury car.

by TGdriveit from St. Louis on July 23, 2018

I was looking for the perfect price and perfect car and this was it. It has most of what I want and I am happy overall Read full review

(5.0)

I love it

by ER on July 17, 2018

It?s an amazing car it has everything I needed beautiful outstanding looking incredible price Love it love it love it love it love it love it Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 BMW 320 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 BMW 320 i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 320 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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