2019 330 New Car Test Drive
The BMW 3-Series has been shorthand for 'sport sedan'? for generations. It's new for the 2019 model year, and now comes in 330i and 330xi editions.
The 2019 3-Series is a bit bigger than the previous car, with about two inches more space between the wheels for better interior room. It's slightly wider and taller, and its body has been reshaped for more drama, from its bigger chin to its slimmer headlamps. Inside, the cabin adopts the flow of the futuristic i8, and flashes colorful digital displays.
Power still comes from a 2.0-liter turbo-4, now making 255 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The manual gearbox has been discontinued.
The EPA rates the new 330i at 26 mpg city, 36 highway, 30 combined; it's 25/34/28 mpg for the 330xi.
The NHTSA hasn't crash-tested the new sedan yet, but the IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick+. LED headlights and automatic emergency braking are standard for 2019. Optional safety features include active lane control and adaptive cruise control. .
The $41,245 330i comes with leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels with all-season run-flat 225/45 tires, a sunroof, power front seats, oak trim, and AM/FM/HD radio with Bluetooth and audio streaming. It lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is optional with an annual charge after the first year. The 330xi adds all-wheel drive.
On the options list, CarPlay comes with navigation, a head-up display, and heated seats in a $2,800 package. BMW also offers leather upholstery, keyless entry, blind-spot monitors, satellite radio, and a bundle with active lane control, adaptive cruise, and traffic-jam assist. Another package adds automatic high beams, a surround-view camera system, gesture controls for infotainment, and matrix-LED headlights. An M Sport package gains variable sport steering, 19-inch wheels, synthetic leather dash, and aluminum or wood trim, while a track package gets M Sport brakes, sport differential, and adaptive dampers.
Stand-alone options include remote start, heated front seats, a power deckled, parking sensors, wood trim, Harman Kardon sound, adaptive cruise control, wireless smartphone charging, and a heated steering wheel..