2011 BMW 328 Overview
A part of BMW’s bread-and-butter 3-series, the 2011 BMW 328 comes in a number of trims to fill whatever role it you need it to. The 328 is available as a coupe, convertible, sedan, or wagon, each combining BMW luxury and performance into an affordable package. Competitors include the Infiniti G, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Lexus IS.
The 2011 BMW 328i comes powered by a 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that puts out 200 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with an optional six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode is also available. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with an optional upgrade to BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system which provides extra traction and grip. EPA estimated fuel economy is 17-18 mpg in the city, and 25-28 mpg on the highway.
For 2011, the coupe and convertible models have received some slight tweaks to the exterior to further differentiate them from the sedan and wagon models. These changes come in the form of a new hood, a refreshed version of BMW’s signature twin-kidney grille, adaptive xenon headlights ringed by LEDs, and new LED taillights. The convertible features a powered retractable hard top that opens and closes with the touch of a button. 16-inch wheels are standard on the sedan and wagon, with an optional upgrade to the 17-inch light alloy wheels which are standard on the coupe and convertible variations. Both wheels come wrapped in run-flat tires.
The interior of the 328 leaves little to be desired and is outfitted with many of the luxury features you would expect to find from a BMW. The sedan and wagon versions come with standard seating for five occupants, while the coupe and convertible have available seating for four; the rear seats split and fold down to increase cargo space when needed. Standard features include a push button start system, HD radio, automatic climate control, MP3/CD player, dynamic cruise control, and wood trim. Other features include BMW’s innovative iDrive system, which has been revamped with improved graphics and more intuitive menus and shortcut keys.
Safety takes a front seat with the 2011 BMW 328, with standard safety features such as antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side impact airbags, active front head restraints, and side curtain airbags on all trims except the convertible, whose side impact airbags feature head extensions. A crash sensor will automatically shut down the engine, unlock doors, and turn on hazard and interior lights in the case of an accident.
The 2011 BMW 328i successfully meshes performance and luxury in a variety of desirable packages at a reasonable price.