The BMW 3-Series has always been known for delivering one of the best driving experiences in the luxury sports sedan segment. Not only does the redesigned 2019 BMW 3-Series still have a fun-to-drive nature, but it also introduces a slew of new technologies. Drivers will also appreciate the sedan’s slightly meaner look. Meanwhile, a roomier interior design enables families to experience greater comfort on the road.
With an MSRP of $40,250, this car is definitely worth the money. If you desire the performance-oriented M340i model, prices will start at $56,995.
When checking on the new 2019 BMW 3-Series, you’ll have two different engines to pick from. BMW’s popular 2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine comes standard. It’s been revised to push out a more entertaining 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is enhanced by the engine’s extra amount of low-end torque. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles replaces the old six-speed unit. You’ll be able to hit 60 mph in a blistering 5.3 seconds. Power-hungry drivers will still be interested in the turbocharged inline-six engine, which is rated to develop 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Plus, an xDrive AWD system can be paired to both engines.
On the road, you can expect the 2019 BMW 3-Series to excite driving enthusiasts with its athletic handling. A lighter design enables the new 3-Series to inspire greater confidence on twisty roads. While the 3-Series is the perfect daily driver, it’s also comfortable enough for taking cross-country road trips. Standard Driving Dynamics Control allows you to choose from four driving modes: Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The sedan’s new suspension setup helps smooth out imperfections in the pavement. An M Sport suspension and an electronically controlled differential come standard on the exciting M Sport model.
You can expect the 2019 BMW 3-Series to save you more money at the pump. The combination of a lighter design and new transmission has helped improve efficiency. An auto stop/start system also comes standard.
According to the EPA, you can expect to get around 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. However, BMW does stress the use of premium unleaded gas. Opting for all-wheel-drive also slightly lowers the sedan’s overall fuel economy.
Fuel economy estimates for the more powerful M340i model are not currently available. Some people are hoping that BMW decides to bring its super-efficient diesel engine to the U.S. market.
Safety and Entertainment Features
Like the previous generation, the 2019 BMW 3-Series is expected to rank among the most secure cars in the segment. As such, several important safety features come standard. Automatic brake drying ensures the maximum stopping power on rainy days. When coming to a stop, standard Adaptive Brake Lights help give other motorists a clear warning. Furthermore, BMW doesn’t force you to pay extra for certain advanced driving aids. By keeping an eye out from other vehicles and pedestrians, low-speed automatic emergency braking makes driving in the city more secure.
If you aren’t satisfied with the sedan’s list of standard safety equipment, you have access to several options. Designed to make commuting in heavy congestion less stressful, the Extended Traffic Jam Assistant system with drowsiness detection enables you to experience semi-autonomous driving. BMW also offers the new 3-Series with a Reversing Assistant, which helps you to back out of tight spots. Some of the other driver-assist technologies include blind-spot monitoring, full-speed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist.
The 2019 BMW 3-Series surrounds drivers with high-tech goodies. BMW’s latest iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display comes standard. While Android Auto smartphone support isn’t available, iPhone users can take advantage of Apple CarPlay. A more stunning 10.25 infotainment screen is optional.
Luxury car fanatics will love the new Intelligent Personal Assistant. From adjusting the climate control system to picking songs from a playlist, this feature allows you to make several voice commands. It functions similar to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Meanwhile, BMW’s Remote 3D View feature enables you to monitor your vehicle via your smartphone. A 12.3-inch digital display can replace the standard analog gauges. Some of the other premium upgrades include a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon system, an improved head-up driving display, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
How It Stacks up against the Competition
The 2019 BMW 3-Series goes head-to-head against the 2019 Audi A4. While both of these small luxury cars offer a satisfying performance, a more powerful engine comes standard on the new 3-Series. You’ll also conserve more fuel driving the latest BMW 3-Series. Furthermore, BMW offers a greater number of cutting-edge safety technologies.
From a standpoint of luxury, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is just as impressive as the 2019 BMW 3-Series. A powerful engine lineup and an intelligent AWD system are also available for the new C-Class. While these German luxury sedans are neck and neck in several aspects, improved fuel economy gives the BMW 3-Series a slight advantage.
When shopping for a new luxury sports sedan, some drivers will also be looking at the 2019 Lexus IS. While the Lexus IS is a nice car, it does not provide nearly as much rear-seat passenger room. It also lacks some of BMW’s new safety innovations.
Fun to Drive
The 2019 BMW 3-Series excels in the fun-to-drive department. While the available turbocharged six-cylinder engine is definitely potent, most people will find the standard turbocharged four-cylinder to be nearly as entertaining. Handling remains a strong point for the new 3-Series. You’ll be able to toss around the new 3-Series like a genuine sports sedan.
Loaded with Technology
You won’t find another car in the segment with more technology. Even if you decide to stick to the base 3-Series, you’ll still be able to enjoy BMW’s improved iDrive infotainment system. However, stepping up to the upper trims gives you access to an Intelligent Personal Assistant and a color heads-up display.
Accommodating for Families
Families will find the new 3-Series to be very comfortable. Whether you’re the driver or a passenger sitting in the backseat, you’ll have plenty of legroom. A large trunk further highlights this car’s practicality. Standard three-zone climate control enables you to adjust the interior temperature to suit everyone.
No Manual Transmission
Unfortunately, BMW is no longer offering the 3-Series with a manual gearbox. This will likely sadden the drivers who have always loved shifting gears. On the bright side, a manual could be offered on the future diesel-powered 3-Series.