I remember the first test drive of the current 3-series clearly. It was in the autumn of 2011, it was grey, and I sat down with a feeling that the German brand had once again built a real BMW.
the Brand's BMW-feeling was maintained with the details that constitute a 3-series; the bundhængslede pedal, the low seating position, baghjulstrækket, the tight gear. Solidly built and well thought out. But also a bit traditional and boring.
it has Now been seven years. BMW is finally ready with a new generation, which gathers up all the way – and more. The model is newly developed and has, according to BMW not a single shred of common with its predecessor. The car will be launched next march, but the rates and tax bases have not yet been published.
The new 3-series has grown considerably; it is eight inches longer and four inches wider, but has the same height as before. The wheelbase, which largely determines the space in the passenger compartment is four inches greater than in today's 3'is.
if you Know the BMW 3-series, will immediately recognize the cabin. Dashboard and center console, however, has been far more modern and nicer to look at, and BMW has thus accepted the main criticism of the model's cabin.
On the list of standard equipment, the new 3-series a infotainmentskærm of 8.8 inches and a digital display of 5.7 inch, which thrones in the middle of the instrumenthuset. The latter can be extended to a instrumentdisplay on the whole of 12,3 inch, while infotainmentskærmen can be upgraded to 10,25 inch.
BMW has worked a lot with infotainmentdelen, so it's old and somewhat slow system with a jog wheel is now replaced with the so-called 'BMW Operating System 7'. It is not back to what you for example find in the new, facelifted Mercedes C-Class.
the Car's cabin sets a new standard for how a BMW can look and feel. Photo: BMW
BMW 3-series continues to be a baghjulstrækker, the customers will have. The manufacturer calls the new generation for a 'game changer in the class' with regard to handling characteristics, and it does not disappoint.
During the test drive control, the new 3 series accurately and cash and ensure that you can run criminal quickly through the turns without effort. The BMW controls are almost with the power of thought, through all types of turns and working with you, where you in many other cars are fighting a small battle to get the car to behave.
You see the bend in front of you, and in the next seconds skates the car effortlessly through the curves. Impressive. It should be added that the car we drove was a 330i with M-sport suspension, spærredifferentiale and 19 inch wheels. The kind of help always.
the 330i has four cylinders and forces enough to the car without problems can draw black stripes on the road, if you give full throttle in a turn with all the assistance systems off. But you must make an effort in order to reach them, because their grip is so solid.
The more moderate fitted 320d with 190 horsepower, which we drove the day after, it felt like more, as we remember the BMW 3-series. the
the BMW 330i makes 258 hp and is so fast, that most of the people need more. Photo: BMW
The new BMW 3-series looks like a hit. It has the old DNA in the keep, while at the same time has been developed – not least in the cabin, which is extremely modern. Now, we are awaiting the rates and tax bases, which means all data for all supported.
BMW 3 Series
21,2-23,8 km/l (depending on tires and equipment)
the 2.0-litre, 190 hp, 400 Nm
6.8 to 7.1 seconds (depending on tires and equipment)