| What's Hot |
More room and features
Wonderful six-cylinder engines
| What's Not |
iDrive controller is confusing
Still tight out back for big adults
Expensive with optional equipment
Essentially, everything is new for 2006. The car is bigger, safer, and faster. The two engines are new, as are the suspension, braking systems, and transmissions. And there are new safety features, more standard equipment, and a host of advanced options.
Key optionsThe 325i is a great car, but the more powerful engine in the 330i is worth the money, if you can afford it. BMW offers three main options packages for the new 3 Series. A premium package includes power front seats on the 325i and leather seats and power folding mirrors on both models. A cold-weather package includes a headlamp-cleaning system, heated front seats, and split-folding rear seats. The desirable sport package makes both models even more athletic, thanks to bigger wheels and tires and a lowered sport suspension. These models can hit 155 mph, whereas the standard 330i and 325i are speed-limited to 130 mph. But take note: The sport package comes with tires unsuitable for freezing climes, so a second set is essential for those in the Snow Belt. Although the synthetic standard upholstery is perfectly nice and more durable than organic choices, the available leather smells good enough to warrant the cash outlay.
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