2015 BMW 328

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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW 328. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    240-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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 and power seats optional
  • Many luxury features cost extra
  • Hybrid's battery pack reduces trunk space
  • Hybrid's expensive starting price

Notable Features of the 2015 BMW 328

  • Sedan, Sport Wagon and Gran Turismo body styles available
  • Gas, diesel or hybrid drivetrain available
  • RWD or AWD
  • Active cruise control with Stop &amp
  • amp
  • Go feature available

2015 BMW 328 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. It's available as a sedan, Gran Turismo hatchback or wagon. Numerous drivetrains are offered, including hybrid and diesel versions. The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The coupe and convertible that formerly were part of the 3 Series lineup are now designated the 4 Series under BMW's current nomenclature.

(Skip to details on the: 3 Series Gran TurismoActiveHybrid 3)
New for 2015

M Sport brakes are no longer available on the 328d. The keyless entry feature that's part of the available Premium Package on the wagon and Gran Turismo now includes hands-free liftgate closing.
 
The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Different grille, side mirror and tailpipe treatments distinguish the Sport, Luxury and M Sport "lines"
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; available 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available variable sport steering with speed-sensitive assist
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Manually adjustable front seats; power front seats available
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel...
Vehicle Overview

BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. It's available as a sedan, Gran Turismo hatchback or wagon. Numerous drivetrains are offered, including hybrid and diesel versions. The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The coupe and convertible that formerly were part of the 3 Series lineup are now designated the 4 Series under BMW's current nomenclature.

(Skip to details on the: 3 Series Gran TurismoActiveHybrid 3)
New for 2015

M Sport brakes are no longer available on the 328d. The keyless entry feature that's part of the available Premium Package on the wagon and Gran Turismo now includes hands-free liftgate closing.
 
The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Different grille, side mirror and tailpipe treatments distinguish the Sport, Luxury and M Sport "lines"
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; available 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available variable sport steering with speed-sensitive assist
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Manually adjustable front seats; power front seats available
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel
  • Available split-folding backseat
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo with HD Radio and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • IDrive controller and 6.5-inch screen
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo
  • Available sunshades for the rear windows

Under the Hood

  • 180-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (320i)
  • 180-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder (328d)
  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (328i)
  • 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (335i)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Six-speed manual available at no cost
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front knee airbags
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available backup camera
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go technology

3 Series Gran Turismo

The 3 Series Gran Turismo is a four-door, coupelike hatchback version of BMW's compact luxury car. Though styling cues are shared with the 3 Series Sport Wagon, the Gran Turismo is 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.

What's Special

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (328i)
  • 300-hp, turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (335i)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Cargo area has tie-down points, hooks and underfloor storage

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ActiveHybrid 3

The ActiveHybrid 3 is a 3 Series sedan with a gas/electric hybrid drivetrain. Subtle styling cues differentiate the ActiveHybrid 3 from the regular 3 Series. Among them are logos on the rear roof pillars, galvanized slats in the twin-kidney grille and matte chrome tailpipes.

What's Special

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack
  • Total system output is 335 hp
  • Electric motor can provide a power boost when accelerating
  • Can be driven up to 2.5 miles at speeds up to 47 mph on electric power alone if conditions allow
  • Zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, according to BMW
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Gas engine can shut down to save fuel when coasting at speeds up to 100 mph

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Latest 2015 328 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

It wants to go!

by Gogomanco from WI on October 19, 2018

Car has great acceleration and want to go on the highway. Great car for those backroad drives. Plenty of room for passengers with ample trunk space. CPO is the way to go. Read full review

(4.0)

Beautiful, fast and efficient

by Momofsteele from West palm beach, Florida on September 12, 2018

The car is very pretty. Drives nice and smoothly. You have three options when driving. Eco-, luxury and sport. I use these options regularly. I have the mineral white paint job which I love. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW 328 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 BMW 328 i

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

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
poor
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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 warranty

    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 328 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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