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Ultimate Performance: 2015 BMW 3 Series Overview

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The 2015 BMW 3 Series continues the lineup’s reputation for sporty performance, raising the bar even more with a variety of changes. With a range of body styles and an endless amount of powertrain options, the 2015 3 Series is the sport sedan to beat in the luxury market.

What’s New for the 2015 BMW 3 Series

The 2015 BMW 3 Series now comes standard with Bluetooth audio connectivity throughout the model lineup. Heated front seats, navigation, and a sunroof are also now standalone options rather than package options.

2015 BMW 3 Series Exterior

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There are few vehicles that are as synonymous with “sporty” as the 2015 BMW 3 Series. Each model in this series offers a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette that is high in class. A sloping roofline and the distinctive BMW grille round out the 3 Series’s design to make it one of the most athletic looking cars available, merely hinting at its superior performance and fun-to-drive offerings.

2015 BMW 3 Series Performance

Depending on the model you choose, the powertrain options vary. For the 320i, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard, generating 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The 328i comes with a slightly more powerful version of the 320’s four-cylinder engine, pushing out 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. As you might expect by the 328d model’s “d” designation, it comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder which gets the same 180 hp but a more robust 280 lb-ft of torque.

Consumers that want supreme power should look no further than the 335i sedan, which comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, rated at 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Those consumers interested in going green—but not losing a lot of power—should look at the ActiveHybrid 3 model. This hybrid luxury sport sedan pairs the 335i’s powerful six-cylinder engine with a rear-drive electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, generating a total of 335 hp and 330 lb-ft.

2015 BMW 3 Series Efficiency

Fuel efficiency throughout the BMW 3 Series lineup is superb with the 320i earning an impressive 28 mile per gallon combined, the 328i earning 27 mpg combined, and the 328d earning 37 mpg combined. The 335i has an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined rating, while the ActiveHybrid 3 model has an estimated 28 mpg combined.

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2015 BMW 3 Series Interior

The 2015 BMW 3 Series is puts a contemporary twist on its sportier interior. With a high-quality materials and a classic design, BMW has made the sport sedan’s cabin both comfortable and inviting. A 6.5-inch display screen helps keep you connected, while BMW iDrive provides consumers with any technology they could possibly need.

2015 BMW 3 Series Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2015 BMW 3 Series with their highest rating of “Good” in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset crash test and a “Marginal” in the small-overlap frontal-offset crash test. Standard safety features for the BMW 3 Series include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and front knee airbags. Optional safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera, surround- and side-view cameras, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, frontal collision warning, and automatic braking.