The 2022 BMW 3 Series is one of the best compact executive sedans in the world. Armed with two powerful and refined turbocharged engines, it's both fast enough and sublime to drive thanks to that brilliant chassis. Either RWD or xDrive AWD drivetrains are offered, but all versions use a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, a ten-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, frontal collision warning, a power sunroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The M340i and M340i xDrive additionally come with an aerodynamic kit, an M rear spoiler, and darkened Shadowline exterior trim. These six-cylinder models also feature larger screens for the central infotainment and the digital driver's display.
At an MSRP of $41,450 for the base 330i RWD, the 3 Series starts at $200 more than it did in the USA last year. The 330i xDrive goes for $43,450, rounding out the four-cylinder models. For the M340i, expect to pay $54,700, while the M340i xDrive tops the range at $56,700 - these are the same as last year. All prices exclude taxes, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $995. The Audi A4 starts at a more wallet-friendly $39,100, although this base version isn't as powerful as the 330i. Likewise, the Audi S4 comes in at a starting price of $50,500, undercutting the M340i with which it competes. With all the options ticked, the price of the BMW 3 Series will nudge $70,000 - that applies to the M340i xDrive.
A range of upgrades are offered for the 2022 BMW 3 Series. On 330i variants, the Convenience Package includes features like comfort access keyless entry and four-way power lumbar support for the driver's seat for a cost of $650, but you can only spec this in conjunction with park distance control ($200). The $2,250 Premium Package includes a head-up display, heated steering wheel, gesture control, and more, but requires the $700 Driving Assistance Package, which adds lane departure warning, active blind-spot detection, and park distance control. On the 330i and 330i xDrive, the Shadowline exterior package costs $400 and adaptive M suspension, $700. The price of the Dynamic Handling Package varies, depending on which features you take, including different wheel choices, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport differential.
Unique to the M340i is the $2,400 Cooling and High Performance Tire Package with superior cooling for the drivetrain and braking system, high-performance tires, a mobility kit, and the entire M Technology Package included. Both six-cylinder models have their own Premium Package, but it costs less than on the 330i models due to the differences in standard features.
All new models can be optioned with Icon LED headlights with Laserlight technology ($1,000), adaptive M suspension ($700), and remote engine start ($300). The Harman Kardon sound system ($875) can only be optioned on the M340i.
The M340i is undeniably the more appealing option in the range as it comes with that wonderful six-cylinder engine. However, it's well over $10,000 more than the equivalent 330i and doesn't offer all that much more standard equipment. If you can stretch for it, go for it, otherwise a base model 330i is a wonderful compact luxury sedan. We'd equip ours with the Driving Assistance Package and the Premium Package, adding welcome features like a head-up display and active blind-spot detection.
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