- Most affordable BMW 3-series model
- 180-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
- Sedan only
BMW introduced the 320 last year as a new, entry-level option for its popular 3-series of luxury sports sedans.
The 2014 BMW 320 carries on into the new model year without many changes, normal for a model that just debuted a year earlier. The easiest way to think of the 320 is to think of it as a 328-lite, with a smaller engine and a smaller base price. However, there are still plenty of benefits: lots of standard features, improved gas mileage, and BMW’s attention to driving dynamics are all present.
Unlike other 3-Series variants, the 320 comes in sedan form only. There are two trim levels, 320i and 320i xDrive which features an all-wheel drive setup instead of the 320i’s rear-wheel drive configuration. Under the hood, the BMW 320 features a 180-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes a robust 200 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Although the 320 steps down in power compared to the 328 and the 335, that’s still more than enough grunt for spirited driving. And for those looking for better performance and drivability, the M Sport Suspension package (which we highly recommend) is available as well.
Fuel economy is another strong suit of the 2013 320: 23/36 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 24/36 with the automatic. The xDrive trim is slightly behind that at 23/35 mpg. Further aiding fuel economy is an auto start-stop function, which shuts down the engine at red lights to conserve fuel.
Inside, the 320 offers standard 3-Series fare: a decently sized trunk, standard leatherette upholstery, and a clean, uncluttered design. Standard features include HD Radio, USB/iPod adapter, iDrive system with a 6.5-inch LCD display, Bluetooth connectivity (no audio), and dual-zone automatic climate control. There is also a long list of available luxury options such as a navigation system, heated front seats, steering wheel, and rear seats, and powered front seats with driver’s seat memory.
The 2014 BMW 320 also offers plenty of standard safety features, including eight airbags, antilock brakes, an impact sensor that shuts off the car and unlocks the doors in case of a collision, and a front and rear head protection system. Parking sensors and a read-view camera are optional.