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Now in its fifth generation, BMW's 3 Series carries on as one of the world's premier driving machines. Both Sedan and Sport Wagon variants add more power and performance for 2007, an upgrading that also sees the former 325 and 330 lines redesignated as 328 and 335 models. Even the more affordable members of the familyrear-wheel-drive 328i Sedan and Sport Wagon and all-wheel-drive 328xi Sedan and Sport Wagonoffer an impressive roster of comfort and convenience touches in addition to their crisply-tuned suspension packages, standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and powerful anti-lock brakes (ABS) that continue to win rave reviews from driving fans everywhere.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're a genuine driving enthusiast who still believes that there's just something special about German automotive engineering, virtually any selection from the 328i/328xi menu could be just what you're looking for. Even at its entry level, the 3 Series package provides an engaging mix of character, quality and performance.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you prefer a suspension tuned more towards ride comfort than control, want a rear seat with lots of legroom or need a spacious trunk, the 3 Series may be less attractive than some of its European or Japanese competitorsalthough the Sport Wagon does offer 25-percent more cargo room even with the rear seat up. BMW's iDrive integrated controller that's included with the optional navigation system also has been criticized for its unnecessary complexity.What's Significant About This Car?
While displacement of the in-line six-cylinder engine in the 328i/328xi remains at 3.0 liters, the latest iteration incorporates upgrades that help bump output from 215 to 230 horsepower and raise maximum torque from 185 to 200 pound-feet. Galvanic silver trim elements add a more upscale look to the interior and pre-wiring for SIRIUS Satellite Radio becomes standard, while two new colors enhance the exterior palette.Driving It Driving Impressions
True to tradition, even the entry-level 3 Series offers a full measure of BMW's legendary driving DNA. Fortified with more power and torque for 2007, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, in either body style and with either transmission, are quicker from zero to 60 mph and even more capable of easily coping with any kind of traffic situation. There's a precise feel to the steering and the well-sorted suspension provides exceptional confidence through even the most challenging corners. While some may find the ride a tad too tautparticularly when fitted with the optional Sport Packagewe think the handling advantages more than offset any minor comfort tradeoff. BMW's excellent xDrive all-wheel-drive system also makes dealing with inclement weather considerably less stressful.Favorite Features
Order a 3 Series with a manual transmission and you'll enjoy the benefits of this subtle but effective helper that automatically applies the brakes for a few seconds whenever you're stopped on a hill to help prevent the car from rolling backwards while you engage first gear.
Optional Active Steering
This high-tech adjunct to the standard power steering varies the effective turning ratio to correspond with vehicle velocity, making it easier to maneuver at low speeds while enhancing stability under freeway cruising conditions.