2013 BMW 335 Overview
The 335 is the top-of-the-line model of BMW’s 3-Series. Offered in sedan, coupe and hardtop convertible and with sport and all-wheel drive versions, it’s the 3-series for those want as much as the model offers. The more potent 335is isn’t available as a four door. The automaker refers to trim levels as “lines,” and there are three: Modern, Luxury, and Sport, all of which are available on the mainstay 335 sedan. As with the 328, the 335 is available with the new M Sport package, which adds specific 18-inch wheels, sport suspension, sport seats and M steering wheel. BMW offers Active Cruise Control, which includes technology designed to prevent collisions in heavy traffic.
With the entire 3-Series having been redesigned for 2012, there are no changes to the overall styling. The various lines are distinguished with different treatments of the grille, mirrors and tailpipes. Coupe and convertible models have different front fascias, and larger front air intakes and front spoiler grace the 335is. Xenon adaptive headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, while 18- and 19-inch rims, and automatic high beams are among the options.
BMW puts the same turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine in all 335 models with the 335is getting a boost in power. The 335i and 335ix sedans, the coupe, and convertible are powered by a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six developing 300 pounds feet of torque and mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear or all four wheels. For the 335is, propulsion comes from a 320-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter, inline-six producing 332 pounds feet of torque and paired with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual sending power to the rear wheels. The seven-speed provides paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. Coupe and convertible models still offer the six-speed automatic as an option.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the rear-drive 335i with the eight-speed automatic come in at 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, while the six-speed manual gets 20/30 mpg city/highway. The 335i coupe and convertible models with the six-speed automatic return 18/27 mpg city/highway. The more potent 335is coupe and convertible models with the seven-speed automated manual achieve 17/24 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive models also get slightly lower fuel economy than their rear-wheel counterparts.
Styling and equipment for the 335 models matches those found on the 328, so while iDrive is standard on the sedan, it’s an option bundled with navigation for the coupes and convertibles. Automatic climate control, HD radio and push button start are standard. Options include front and rear park assist, Dynamic Cruise Control and satellite radio. Sedans provide seating for five, while the coupes and convertibles are four-seaters.
The 3-Series earned a 2012 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Standard safety features including stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist and eight airbags went a long way toward that award. The eight airbags are standard except on convertibles, and include front, front-side impact, driver and passenger knee, and side-curtains. Side-impact airbags on the convertibles have a head extension in place of the side-curtains.