Vehicle Overview
Offered in 328, twin-turbo gasoline 335 and new twin-turbo diesel 335 forms, the 3 Series is BMW's bread-and-butter model. Available in sedan, wagon, coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles, the 328 competes with the Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The 335 is listed separately in the Research section.

New for 2009
The 328 receives a minor facelift for 2009 as well as fresh rear styling. Look for a new name designating all-wheel-drive sedans and wagons, which are now called 328i xDrive instead of 328xi.

The 328 features a long hood and short front overhangs. The coupe looks much like the sedan, but it's sleeker. All body styles have a prominent twin-kidney grille.

Exterior features include:
  • New front and rear styling for 2009
  • 16-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels are optional on sedans but standard on coupes and convertibles
  • Run-flat tires are mounted on all models
  • Optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional active steering with speed-sensitive assist

Sedans and wagons can hold five occupants, while coupes and convertibles seat four. The sedan's trunk capacity is 12 cubic feet.

Interior features include:
  • Push-button ignition
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Optional navigation system with iDrive
  • Optional active cruise control can gently apply the brakes to maintain a preset speed
  • Optional Sirius Satellite Radio

Under the Hood
The base engine for the 3 Series is the 328's 3.0-liter, naturally aspirated inline-six-cylinder.

Features for the 328 include:
  • 230 horsepower, 200 pounds-feet of torque
  • Variable valve timing
  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • Optional six-speed automatic transmission with Normal, Sport and Manual modes
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Convertibles aren't available with side curtain airbags like the coupe, sedan and wagon trims are.

Standard safety features include:
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags (not available on convertible)
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints