- Offered as a sedan or Gran Turismo hatchback (covered separately)
- 300-hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine
- Rear- or all-wheel drive
The 2015 BMW 335 is the more performance oriented of the two “regular” 3-Series variants, offering a more spirited driving experience than the 328 but at a more accessible level than the M3’s version of ludicrous speed.
The 335 is only offered as a sedan, there is no sport wagon body style and hatchback versions (called the 335 Gran Turismo) are covered separately on this site. For 2015, the 335 marches on sans any real changes. The exterior will look familiar to anyone who’s seen a BMW sedan over the past several years, the two-part kidney grille adorns the nose and subtle creasing down the sides prevent the car from being too slab-like. 18-inch wheels, a power moonroof, and xenon adaptive headlights with LED accents are standard, while 19-inch wheels and automatic high beams are optional.
Under the hood, the 335 has an impressive powerplant: a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while an all-wheel drive xDrive version of the 335 is also offered. The engine utilizes stop-start technology to save fuel, which shuts the engine down at stoplights and restarts it when the brake pedal is released.
True to form, the 335’s interior offers plenty of technology and luxury with high-quality materials found throughout. Standard features include power front seats, leatherette upholstery, wood rim, HD radio, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.5-inch flat-screen display, push button start, automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A navigation system is optional, as are a head-up display, leather upholstery, and sport seats.
There are plenty of safety features as well. Eight airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, dynamic cruise control, automatic windshield wipers, and BMW Assist eCall with emergency request and automatic collision notifications are all standard. A driver assistance package adds blind spot detection, side and top view cameras, and an active driving assistant.