2019 BMW 3 Series (G20)

FiestaST

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BMW 3 Series 330d xDrive M Sport 2019 UK review

Should I buy one?

For the first time in a while, we can see why you might ask about the wisdom of buying a 330d. There is, of course, that new diesel-electric plug-in hybrid C-Class to consider, with its P11D-friendly CO2 emissions, plus the new S4, which trumps the BMW for power and doesn't cost that much more per month. Or there are other ways to get some sporting spice in your executive motoring life, by one means or another, for 330d money and in a 3 Series-sized package. Hmm.

Here and now, our instinct is that for rounded driver appeal and everyday, long-range fuel economy and general usability, the 330d would still beat them all - at least it would for those who really care about driving. And that's Tesla Model 3 and Volvo S60 hybrids included. It’s quick, it’s frugal, it’s refined, it really handles, it’s relatively simple and it still looks like fine value for money – perhaps better now, in relative terms, than ever.

But the Autocar faithful deserve better than an instinct. So watch this space, and we’ll do the necessary as soon as we can to decide whether the bookies’ favourite still is the best fast executive saloon in the world.

BMW 3 Series 330d xDrive M Sport specification

Where Middlesex, UK Price £41,565 On sale Now Engine 6cyls inline, 2993cc, turbocharged, diesel Power 261bhp at 4000rpm Torque 428lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1665kg Top speed 155mph (limited) 0-62mph 5.5sec Fuel economy 47.9-44.1mpg (WLTP) CO2 tbc Rivals Audi A4 50 TDI S line, Mercedes-Benz C300de AMG Line

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/bmw/first-drives/bmw-3-series-330d-xdrive-m-sport-2019-uk-review

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I think at most I’ve seen a handful of new 3 series on the road since launch. Either they can’t procure enough stock or they aren’t selling very well. Anybody know what the story is? I got my F30 the month after they launched and they were as prolific as elbows the day I drove out of the dealership. Maybe some monster trading assistance incoming to drive sales...
 

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They are all buying X1, X2, X3 and X4's instead.
Could also be a sign of the market. The cheapest one starts at R614k. People are likely hanging on to their lease deals etc before moving on. I'd love a new one. My F30 320D is 6 years old and I'd be in for R700k easy for a replacement. Over 50% more than I paid for my car new with options.

I think at most I’ve seen a handful of new 3 series on the road since launch. Either they can’t procure enough stock or they aren’t selling very well. Anybody know what the story is? I got my F30 the month after they launched and they were as prolific as elbows the day I drove out of the dealership. Maybe some monster trading assistance incoming to drive sales...
 
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They are all buying X1, X2, X3 and X4's instead.
Could also be a sign of the market. The cheapest one starts at R614k. People are likely hanging on to their lease deals etc before moving on. I'd love a new one. My F30 320D is 6 years old and I'd be in for R700k easy for a replacement. Almost 50% more than I paid for my car new with options.
Precisely this...

The cost is now out of reach for even those who had the F30 loaded to the hilt with residuals etc..

The current 3 Series offer of a 320D Msport Launch edition is R8900 per month, for 36 months with a R434000 GFV (Residual).

That is a stupid amount of money to pay on a car.
 

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Yeah and BMW are having a laugh with their crazy option requirements.
I have the Harmon Kardon system and it was a simple tick box, single option when I ordered my F30.
Now, oh you want the HK system, (R11k), you have to have the live cockpit too...another R24k.
Suddenly your R11k option is now R35k. This is according to the BMW price list.
And that in my opinion is a bloody cheek.
 

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For comparison to those who are split between the 320d and 330i, I did a road trip from Johannesburg to Mpumalanga then to Limpopo and back to Johannesburg in a 330i.

The total distance was about 1100km and consumption for the trip was 7.47l/100km. My overall consumption is now 8.6l/100km after 8000 or so km.
 

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For comparison to those who are split between the 320d and 330i, I did a road trip from Johannesburg to Mpumalanga then to Limpopo and back to Johannesburg in a 330i.

The total distance was about 1100km and consumption for the trip was 7.47l/100km. My overall consumption is now 8.6l/100km after 8000 or so km.
As long as you stay on the left lane(s), all is good.
 

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The cost is now out of reach for even those who had the F30 loaded to the hilt with residuals etc..
Good example there.

It must be depressing for someone who stretched for one previously - told everyone how they were now a 'BMW guy' and it is the best and they would never have anything else - and who now has to get a ford or something.
 

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Good example there.

It must be depressing for someone who stretched for one previously - told everyone how they were now a 'BMW guy' and it is the best and they would never have anything else - and who now has to get a ford or something.
Hmmm. I would say "Plan B" with be a Hyundai/Kia not a Ford.

I get your point though.
 

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That would be interesting to know.

I'll put the G20 3er stats every month here & we can have a meaningful discussion.
The F30 launched in Feb / March 2012 - F30 sales for March ‘12 - 943 units.
G20 sales for March 2019 in the region of 373. And this may even have some f30 old stock mixed into it.
Our Economy is poked, but is this just a function of supply and demand? Perhaps they are in short supply now that we have to import.
 

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Yeah base F30 was under R400k, R360-380k if I recall?
Now it's R600k + base.
That is a radical price change over time. Most people are not suddenly earning 50% or more, more than a few years ago.
 
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