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2017 BMW 320i: Setting the Standard

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BMW introduced the 3 Series in 1975, and it’s still the benchmark for its class.  Ask people to name an entry-level luxury or sports sedan, and most will name the BMW 3 Series without a second thought. Every 2017 BMW 3 Series focuses on the pleasure of driving, and you’ll find the 2017 BMW 320i beats the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class in terms of ride and handling. The entry-level 320i is fast and fun to drive, with its 180-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that hits 0-60 mph in a speedy 7.1 seconds. But what else does the 320i offer?

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Inside the Impeccable New 320i

BMW interiors are never overwrought, and the cabin of the new BMW 3 Series is no different thanks to its clean, sleek design, tight fits, and upscale materials. The classic round gauges are clear and concise, with a central control panel oriented toward the driver.

That doesn’t mean the 320i’s interior is old-fashioned, however. A central display gives it a high-tech feel, and the new iDrive controller puts the entertainment system at your fingertips. iDrive consistently beats out competitors as the best infotainment systems on the market. While some other systems utilize a touch screen, you control iDrive with a knob on the center console, allowing you to easily control the system from a driving position.

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Another big change for 2017 is the more spacious interior. If you’re familiar with older 3 Series models, you’ll notice the additional space right away (although the outstanding comfort of the driver’s seat hasn’t changed). You’ll also find a full range of features on the 320i, including dual-zone climate control, a 9-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch LCD display, USB port, Bluetooth music streaming and HD Radio.

The 320i Sedan’s Exterior

Compared to others in its class, the 320i is one of the most attractive cars on the road. The short overhangs and a low, wide stance give it an athletic look. Its completely modern design offers echoes of previous generations, including the signature twin-kidney grille—a beloved feature of many BMW owners, including our Miami dealers.

BMW’s Top-Ranked Safety

The current 3 Series received a perfect five stars overall in government crash testing, including four stars for front impacts and five for side impacts.

The 2017 320i gives you outstanding safety features, including:

  • Eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain).
  • Active head restraints to help reduce the severity of whiplash injuries.
  • Impact sensors that unlock the doors, activate the hazard lights, and shut down electrical systems after a collision.
  • Stability control.
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

The optional Driver Assistance Plus package bundles front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and a forward-collision warning system with low-speed automatic braking for additional safety.

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What’s Under this BMW’s Hood?

The 320i offers outstanding performance and efficiency. Under the hood, you’ll find:

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
  • 180 horsepower @ 5,000-6,250 rpm
  • 200 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,500 rpm

Along with this power, you’ll get great gas mileage. The 320i EPA city/highway fuel economy is listed as 23/35 mpg for manual, 23/35 mpg for automatic, and 23/34 mpg for AWD.

Classic & Refined BMW Handling

For 2017, BMW has brought a renewed focus on comfort and ride quality. The 320i sails smoothly over jarring bumps or potholes in the road. You can tailor your experience with Driving Dynamics Control, which offers three settings for throttle sensitivity and steering effort.

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See the All-New BMW 320i for Yourself

The world’s first (and most popular) sports sedan has been an excellent overall car for decades, and that still holds true for 2017. While the 320i has stiff competition, it’s only because BMW has been setting the standard and raising the bar for others to match them. Come see the redesigned 3 Series for yourself at South Motors BMW, your premier Miami BMW dealership. View our 320i inventory online, then contact us at 855-861-1519 to test drive this work of German art in person. We’re located at 16215 S Dixie Hwy in Miami, FL, and provide the entire region with access to hundreds of new BMWs and certified pre-owned cars.

 

Sources & Photos:

https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/3series/sedan.html

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2017/3/320iSedan/Features_and_Specs/Default.aspx

https://www.kbb.com/bmw/3-series/2017/320i-expert_car_reviews/?r=729106268723015800

http://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2017-bmw-3-series-new-car-review-260852

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/bmw/3-series

 

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