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2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Review: A BMW True To Itself

by Aiden Eksteen

If you're a BMW fanatic, you'll know that the automaker has been executing some really unorthodox vehicle designs and builds lately, particularly with the Bugs Bunny-looking 4 Series and the front-wheel drive 2 Series Gran Coupe. This is, however, not the case with the esteemed 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan. It's instantly recognisable for its implicit BMW aesthetic and with either a 255-horsepower turbo-four or 382-hp turbo-six under the hood, it packs the punch any BMW devotee would expect from a car in this league. Of course, those perks are met with plenty of driver engagement, despite the sedan's use of a 8-speed automatic transmission, and proficient handling dynamics by virtue of a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive layout. The 3 Series Sedan is the driver's choice against the likes of the Audi A4, Genesis G70, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 BMW 3 Series Sedan?

The 2021 BMW 3 Series is about halfway through the seventh-generation, so the company has made a few small but welcome upgrades to the range. SiriusXM with 360L and a one-year subscription is now standard, along with Android Auto integration. Other standard features over the 2020 version now include automatic high beams, keyless entry, and the Connected Package Pro for the 330i variants. For M340i models, ambient lighting and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system are the new additions. Many other changes have been made to the optional packages and the color palette, such as the addition of lane departure warning for the Driving Assistance Package, the addition of Live Cockpit Professional availability for the 330i models, and the removal of the previously available Luxury Package.

Pros and Cons

  • Strapping and refined engines
  • Rapid off-the-line acceleration
  • Phenomenal handling dynamics
  • Commodious, high-quality cabin
  • Impressively practical trunk
  • Ride quality is a little too firm
  • No manual gearbox offered
  • Somewhat prudish interior
  • Complicated digital driver cluster

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2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
330i Sedan
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$41,250
330i xDrive Sedan
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,250
330e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$44,550
330e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid Sedan
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$46,550
M340i Sedan
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$54,700
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2021 3 Series Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 185.7 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 56.8 in
  • Max Width 71.9 in
  • Front Width 62.3 in
  • Rear Width 62.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,582.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Melbourne Red Metallic +$550
  • Glacier Silver Metallic +$550
  • Portimao Blue Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic, Available: 07/01/2020 +$550
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Build Out: 07/31/2020 +$550
  • Sunset Orange Metallic +$550
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic +$550
  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Mineral White Metallic +$550
  • Mineral Grey Metallic +$550
  • Mineral Gray Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$550
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Alpine White
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2021 3 Series Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

2021 3 Series Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 38.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.6 in

2021 3 Series Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    17 ft³

2021 3 Series Sedan Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan A Good car?

BMW's cars have become synonymous with fun, proficiency, and balanced driving experiences - qualities the 2021 3 Series Sedan packages seamlessly into its suave and authoritative 4-door composition. With either a turbo-four or potent inline-six mill, it's certain to exhilarate and its sharp steering and finely tuned suspension inspire confidence in the driver to push it to the limits through corners. With this concerted focus on performance, it's no surprise the 3 Series' ride quality is a little on the firmer side. Fortunately, both powertrains still manage to maintain fairly impressive fuel economy showings, and the commodious, upscale cabin keeps things comfortable, even if the styling is uninspired. From the IIHS's review of the 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan came an excellent safety rating, which along with some promising reliability expectations, make the 2021 BMW 3 Series sedan's premium price well-worth paying.

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