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Driving Notes

2015 BMW 320i xDrive

December 17, 2015, by Mike Antich - Also by this author

Photo by Mike Antich.
Photo by Mike Antich.

The 2015 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan is a content-rich premium compact sport sedan. The engine is powerful and fuel efficient. It is built on a superb chassis that is very agile and precise on windy, tight roads. Its compact size makes it very maneuverable, responsive, and comfortable to drive. The chassis has a 110.6-inch wheelbase.

The interior is spacious and constructed with top-notch materials. What stands out is the quiet cabin. Not only is the interior spacious, but so, too, is the trunk, with ample space for work-related materials.

The xDrive designation means the 320i is equipped with BMW's intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The all-wheel-drive system provides optimal power transfer to the road, excellent safety, and maximum traction. It improves driving dynamics by reducing understeer and oversteer when cornering by sending, as necessary, power to the front or rear.

The 320i xDrive is powered by a 180-horsepower TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, which includes a flexible 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine can generate 200 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

Photo by Mike Antich.
Photo by Mike Antich.

The 3 Series earned a 5-Star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for safety, including five stars in a side collision or rollover crash.

BMW also includes an array of standard active and passive safety systems including anti-lock brakes, front and rear head protection systems, standard and supplemental air bags for driver and passenger, and emergency notification systems if a crash is detected.

There are also driver-assist packages available, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear- and top-view cameras, and Active Driving Assistant, which includes lane-departure warnings and adaptive cruise control.

From an operating cost standpoint, the 320i is very fuel efficient. According to the EPA, the engine is rated at 24 mpg city/36 highway/28 combined. Adding the all-wheel-drive xDrive reduces mileage by 5 percent. The all-wheel-drive 328i xDrive model is rated at 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

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