2015 BMW 3-Series

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2015 BMW 3 Series
2015 BMW 3 Series

New for 2015

For the 2015 model year, the BMW 3 Series welcomes a new M3 model. Also, the 2015 3 Series' time display in the instrument cluster is moved under the tachometer, and the memory button for the driver’s seat adjustment has been revised. Some package options have also been updated, and some standalone options have been added.

Vehicle Overview

The 3 Series is available as a sedan, four-door hatchback, and wagon with powerplants that range from peppy turbo fours, to an efficient hybrid and diesel, to a high-output turbo six. The 3 Series sedan is the least expensive four-door in BMW's lineup, below the 5 Series. The 4 Series is a 3 Series-based coupe and convertible.


The 2015 BMW 3 Series is available in three body styles, with six different powerplants, rear- or all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual.

Model: 320i, 320i xDrive
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed auto or six-speed manual
Power: 180 hp/200 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 24/36 mpg (auto) – 23/36 mpg (manual) – 23/35 mpg (xDrive, auto)

Model: 328i, 328i xDrive, 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 328i xDrive Gran Turismo
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed auto or six-speed manual
Power: 240 hp/255 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 23/33 mpg (auto) – 22/34 mpg (manual) – 22/33 mpg (xDrive, auto: 328i/Sports Wagon/Gran Turismo xDrive models)

Model: 335i, 335i xDrive, 335i xDrive Gran Turismo
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – eight-speed auto or six-speed manual
Power: 300 hp/300 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 22/32 mpg (auto) or 20/30 mpg (manual) – xDrive sedan 20/30 mpg (auto) or 20/28 mpg (manual) – xDrive Gran Turismo 20/30 mpg (auto)

Model: 328d, 328d xDrive, 328d xDrive Sports Wagon
Engine and Transmission: Turbodiesel 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed auto
Power: 180 hp/280 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 32/45 mpg (RWD) – 31/43 mpg (xDrive and xDrive Sports Wagon)

Model: ActiveHybrid 3
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6/electric motor – eight-speed auto
Power: (combined) 335 hp/332 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 25/33 mpg

Model: M3
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – six-speed manual or seven-speed auto
Power: 425 hp/406 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 17/24 mpg (auto) or 17/26 mpg (manual)
The most notable features across the 3 Series lineup include full speech recognition (drivers can compose text messages or emails with their voice), Harman Kardon premium audio system, auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration, an Eco Pro driving mode, full color head-up display, adaptive HID headlights, and active blind spot detection.
The 2015 BMW 3 Series received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four good ratings and one marginal rating for the small overlap front category (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

The 2015 BMW 3 Series is offered in a dizzying array of forms, from the efficient turbodiesel to the powerful new M3. In our Four Seasons test of a 2012 BMW 328i we were less than impressed, criticizing the lack of emotion out of the new 3 Series. It had a lot of clutch pedal travel, and long shifter throws. We noted, “This latest iteration is still enormously capable, but as it tries to be more things to more people -- a luxury car, an environmentally responsible car -- those of us who want the kind of sport sedan that the 3 Series has historically been need to carefully tick the correct boxes on the order form. Previously, that wasn't so important.”

Between the I-4 and I-6 engines of the base 3 Series models we determined that not only is the I-6 better matched to the manual, but that its exhaust note was incredibly addictive. One complaint we had, especially with the I-4 models, was the roughness of the restart from the engine stop/start system. In a review of a 2013 BMW 328i M Sport line, we realized that the best partner for the turbocharged I-4 was the eight-speed automatic. We said, “The eight-speed automatic is well matched to the N20 four-cylinder engine. You never find yourself down on power and the shifts are always smooth. The automatic is a better fit for a sport sedan that errs on the side of luxury.”
Turning the volume to 10 and getting into the powerful new M3 was excellent, but surprisingly distant. We said, “While performance numbers don't lie, they can tell half-truths. There are few things this tech-laden performance sedan can’t do, but there are even fewer moments of emotional connection. I never feel as if this fast but flavorless car needs me. There’s no relationship, no teasing the car to do things at the edge of its abilities. I’m behind the steering wheel and feel like a passenger.” This isn’t to say that the new M3 isn’t incredibly capable and quick (it is!), but in an effort to compete in an increasingly high-powered segment the BMW has lost some of what made us love it before.
An unexpectedly good iteration is the 3 Series Gran Turismo, which splits the balance between a 3 Series sedan and the larger 5 Series. Improved leg room (4.1 more inches in back), more headroom all around, 5.4 more cubic feet of trunk space, and an inch higher seating position all contribute to make the 3-Series more people want. BMW’s goal with the 3 Series seems to be “make a car that more people will want, whatever the cost.”
You’ll Like
  • Turbo I-4 and eight-speed automatic
  • Great fuel efficiency from turbodiesel
  • Powerful new M3 has I-6 again
You Won’t Like
  • M3 pipes “synthesized” exhaust sounds through the speakers
  • Buying the hybrid for more money than the more efficient diesel
  • Gran Turismo styling
Key Competitors
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class
  • Audi A4
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Volvo S60
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lexus IS


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2015 BMW 3-Series Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
180 hp @ 5000rpm
200 ft lb of torque @ 1250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Steering Wheel Tilt (optional)
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front (optional)
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)

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