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What do you think about the new BMW 320i?

Now that the F30 generation BMW 3er is just about hitting dealerships, it’s time to look at how this generation stacks up to previous generations. There has been plenty of discussion about the 335i and 328i variants already so let’s focus on the 320i, a variation that will be sold in Canada but not in the U.S.

The last 320i to hit Canadian shores was in 2005 (E46 generation). A lot has happened in the last 7 years.

More after the jump.

Here’s a look at the fundamentals:

2005 320i
  • MSRP: $34,950
  • Engine: 2.2L Inline 6 cylinder
  • HP: 168hp
  • Torque: 155lb/ft
  • Transmission: 5-spd manual or 5-spd automatic
  • Fuel Consumption (manual): 11.3L/100km city, 7.2L/100km hwy
  • Fuel Consumption (automatic): 11.6L/100km city, 7.4L/100km hwy
  • Wheels: 16” steel with wheel covers
  • Steering: Hydraulic assist rack and pinion
  • Suspension: Front: MacPherson Strut, Rear: 5-link multilink
2012 320i
  • MSRP: $35,900
  • Engine: 2.0L Inline 4 cylinder
  • HP: 181hp
  • Torque: 184lb/ft
  • Transmission: 6-spd manual or 8-spd automatic
  • Fuel Consumption: Initial combined ratings are pegged at 5.9L/100km
  • 17” aluminum alloy
  • Steering: Electric assist rack and pinion
  • Suspension: Front: MacPherson Strut, Rear: 5-link multilink

The newest 320i includes a host of other new features, such as driver and passenger knee airbags, dual zone automatic climate control and power driver and passenger seats. Not to mention that it’s larger, especially compared to the E46 320i.

The 320i used to be the runt of the 3er family. Do you think things will change with the new one?

Reader Comments (8)

Price car to increase the market potential of the 3 Series.
Feb 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStrada
I find the biggest difference between the new 320i and the past 323i to be the Xenon lights! Now you can get xenon for your base 3 series.... Xenon is still not even available as option for C250 sedan which forces some people to move up to C300.
Feb 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLedmirage
On the inside, the BMW 320i is tastefully decorated. Depending on the variant, you will enjoy comfortable seating upholstered in cloth trim for the BMW 320i and premium Dakota leather for the BMW 320i Executive, which can be offset by a range of trims, including natural poplar, burr walnut or brushed aluminium.
Feb 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing
Instead of lowering prices to be on par with the US, or of giving Canadians the four-year free maintenance and service like BMW does in the US....

.... BMW Canada will be selling a reduced content model at an entry-level price.

Reminds me of the Jetta City and Golf City that VW sold here for years instead of bringing prices in line with US prices.

The "rational" 3 Series for Canada will remain a 328i with xDrive.
Feb 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernardP
RE: Bernard
?? BMW does have the four-year free maintenance here in Canada.
Mar 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersbt
BMW 320i is amazing car in automotive industry. The BMW is leading automaker in the world automotive.
Jul 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Hussey
Sounds promising. Just hope BMW don't cheap out on the interior comforts. Like $hitty vent sliders that break so easy compared to their competitors, super noisy fan when AC is on, redesign of the idiotic Steering wheel controls (put the cruise control there) and easy tear leatherette seats.

Other than those, it's a decent car for me.
A twin-turbo engine producing only 181hp ?!
Jan 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDamir

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