2019 BMW 3-Series is bigger, lighter, better handling and bland

The 2019 BMW 3-Series is only available as a manual with entry level diesel engines, but is bigger, stiffer and more well equipped than ever before.

Credit: Fabian Kirchbauer

The new 3-Series is bigger in every dimension (see below), but is lighter, 50% more rigid, and more aerodynamic (Cd is down from 0.26 to 0.23 in the 320d).

Standard features include full LED headlamps, 40/20/40 split fold rear seat, LED interior lights, 6-speed audio system, acoustic glass windscreen, autonomous emergency braking, and 8.8″ infotainment screen.

Available features include adaptive Laserlight headlamps, welcome light carpet, 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, wireless phone charging, glass roof, acoustic glass door windows, active cruise control, steering and lane assist, wrong way warning, parking assist, reversing assistance, fully digital instrument cluster, and a 10.25″ infotainment screen.

At launch there are four 2L I4 turbo engines, and one 3L I6 turbo-diesel (330d):

320i: 135kW (184hp) and 300Nm (221 lb-ft)
330i: 190kW (258hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft)

318d: 110kW (150hp) and 320Nm (236 lb-ft)
320d: 140kW (190hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft)
330d: 195kW (265hp) and 580Nm (428 lb-ft)

All engines are available with an 8-speed auto, and the 318d and 320d have a standard 6-speed manual.

A 185kW (248hp) 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is coming soon.


Length: 4,709mm (+85mm) | 185.4″ (+3.4″)
Width: 1,827mm (+16mm) | 71.9″ (+0.6″)
Height: 1,442mm (+1mm) | 56.8″ (+0.03″)
Wheelbase: 2,851mm (+41mm) | 112.2″ (+1.6″)