2019 BMW 3 Series (G20)

FiestaST

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New entry-level BMW 318i derivative: price for South Africa released

The 318i badge has returned to BMW Group South Africa’s 3 Series range, slotting in at the foot of the Bavarian firm's sedan line-up.

Expected to hit local roads at some point in the second quarter of 2020, the latest 318i will take its place just below the 135 kW 320i and 140 kW 320d in the G20-generation range. As a reminder, the line-up also includes the 190 kW 330i, the 195 kW 330d and the 285 kW M340i xDrive.

Pricing for the 318i will start at R610 000 (before CO2 emissions tax, which should equate to an additional R6 624), making the standard model some R30 000 less expensive than the 320i.

Upgrading the base 318i to Sport Line trim will push the starting price to R633 600, while opting for the M Sport package will see the figure increase to R655 400. Expect various options to be offered as well.

 

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Thats largely due to the 320i MSport model being on "special" at the moment on their retarded GFV scheme, so idiots are paying R8100pm to drive it.
Don’t recall seeing that many 320i’s to be fair. But I’m aware of that deal though. But let them drive it for 3 years so the less idiotic us can get it later ;) .
 

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Don’t recall seeing that many 320i’s to be fair. But I’m aware of that deal though. But let them drive it for 3 years so the less idiotic us can get it later ;) .
Most of them pay the little bit extra to get them debadged. Doesn't do to have your neighbour know you can't afford a decent bmw like the 330i or 340i
 

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BMW design boss says sedans must 'evolve' to survive SUV onslaught

The head of design for BMW says while sedans “will stay relevant”, they require an “evolution” to survive the SUV onslaught.

Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW Design, told Autoblog although the X-badged SUV/crossover line-up accounted for almost 60 percent of the Munich-based firm’s global sales in 2019, the saloon still had a major role to play.

"In the past, we sold only three-box cars. Now, almost 60 percent of our sales come from SAVs [sports activity vehicles, in BMW speak]," Dukec said.

 

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Here's an idea BMW, STOP MAKING SO MANY DAMN SUV's.
geeez...you are part of the SUV problem.
WE dont all want to drive around in a small block of flats or sit up high.
Aint nothing wrong with a 4 door sedan or it's wagon/estate equivalent... give us better versions of those... NOT BIGGER versions.
Thanks

BMW design boss says sedans must 'evolve' to survive SUV onslaught

The head of design for BMW says while sedans “will stay relevant”, they require an “evolution” to survive the SUV onslaught.

Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW Design, told Autoblog although the X-badged SUV/crossover line-up accounted for almost 60 percent of the Munich-based firm’s global sales in 2019, the saloon still had a major role to play.

"In the past, we sold only three-box cars. Now, almost 60 percent of our sales come from SAVs [sports activity vehicles, in BMW speak]," Dukec said.

 

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Two and a half box, three boxes? Anyone understands what the guy is talking about?
 

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BMW 320i and M340i tested: Best luxury sedans (lots of) money can buy

WORTH THE MONEY?

The new 3 Series is not cheap, but then it's not cheaply made or engineered. You can feel the quality in the car from the moment it ticks over and you take the first corner, while the inside is certainly leaps and bounds better than the predecessor.

Options wise, you can get carried away, spending more money than necessary, but at this level, you should pick a budget and then go shopping for your perfect-fit 3.

Between the 320i on the test drive and the M340i, I'd actually go for the 320i, as it's such a soothing and comfortable car to use on a daily grind. It has the ability to make haste when necessary and as mentioned earlier it's tuned in such a way that you feel like you have much more performance at your disposal than you actually do.

For a big sedan, with a large boot, enough space for the family and a decent maintenance plan, you can't go wrong jumping into a new 3 Series this year.

Before you settle on an X3 or equivalent SUV, I urge you to take a 3 sedan for a spin to see why it's considered a benchmark among three-box mobility solutions.

All BMW 3 Series models come with a five-year/100 000km full maintenance plan and complimentary roadside assistance and SOS in-car calling.

SPECIFICATIONS

BMW 320i

ENGINE: 1998cc four-cylinder turbocharged petrol
POWER: 135kW at 5000rpm
TORQUE: 300Nm at 1350rpm
GEARBOX: 8-speed auto (standard) with Steptronic
DRIVE: Rear-wheel drive
0-100km/h: 7.1 seconds (claimed)
TOP SPEED: 235km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 6.3l/100km (claimed, combined cycle)
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 10.1l/100km (on test, combined cycle)
LENGTH: 4709mm
WIDTH: 2068mm (including mirrors)
HEIGHT: 1442mm
WHEELBASE: 2851mm
GROUND CLEARANCE: 136mm
BOOT CAPACITY: 480 litres
SUPPORT: 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year/100 000km Motorplan
PRICE: R646 762 (base price)

BMW M340i xDrive

ENGINE: 2998cc six-cylinder turbocharged petrol
POWER: 285kW at 5800rpm
TORQUE: 500Nm at 1850rpm
GEARBOX: 8-speed sports auto (standard) with Steptronic
DRIVE: xDrive all-wheel drive
0-100km/h: 4.4 seconds (claimed)
TOP SPEED: 250km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 7.7l/100km (claimed, combined cycle)
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 12.6l/100km (on test, combined cycle)
LENGTH: 4713mm
WIDTH: 2068mm
HEIGHT: 1440mm
GROUND CLEARANCE: 130mm
BOOT CAPACITY: 480 litres
SUPPORT: 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year/100 000km Motorplan
PRICE: R1 006 316

 

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Take out line from the above

"Before you settle on an X3 or equivalent SUV, I urge you to take a 3 sedan for a spin to see why it's considered a benchmark among three-box mobility solutions. "

Here here.
 

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The claimed vs actual tested fuel consumption is just sad

BMW 320i and M340i tested: Best luxury sedans (lots of) money can buy

WORTH THE MONEY?

The new 3 Series is not cheap, but then it's not cheaply made or engineered. You can feel the quality in the car from the moment it ticks over and you take the first corner, while the inside is certainly leaps and bounds better than the predecessor.

Options wise, you can get carried away, spending more money than necessary, but at this level, you should pick a budget and then go shopping for your perfect-fit 3.

Between the 320i on the test drive and the M340i, I'd actually go for the 320i, as it's such a soothing and comfortable car to use on a daily grind. It has the ability to make haste when necessary and as mentioned earlier it's tuned in such a way that you feel like you have much more performance at your disposal than you actually do.

For a big sedan, with a large boot, enough space for the family and a decent maintenance plan, you can't go wrong jumping into a new 3 Series this year.

Before you settle on an X3 or equivalent SUV, I urge you to take a 3 sedan for a spin to see why it's considered a benchmark among three-box mobility solutions.

All BMW 3 Series models come with a five-year/100 000km full maintenance plan and complimentary roadside assistance and SOS in-car calling.

SPECIFICATIONS

BMW 320i

ENGINE: 1998cc four-cylinder turbocharged petrol
POWER: 135kW at 5000rpm
TORQUE: 300Nm at 1350rpm
GEARBOX: 8-speed auto (standard) with Steptronic
DRIVE: Rear-wheel drive
0-100km/h: 7.1 seconds (claimed)
TOP SPEED: 235km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 6.3l/100km (claimed, combined cycle)
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 10.1l/100km (on test, combined cycle)
LENGTH: 4709mm
WIDTH: 2068mm (including mirrors)
HEIGHT: 1442mm
WHEELBASE: 2851mm
GROUND CLEARANCE: 136mm
BOOT CAPACITY: 480 litres
SUPPORT: 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year/100 000km Motorplan
PRICE: R646 762 (base price)

BMW M340i xDrive

ENGINE: 2998cc six-cylinder turbocharged petrol
POWER: 285kW at 5800rpm
TORQUE: 500Nm at 1850rpm
GEARBOX: 8-speed sports auto (standard) with Steptronic
DRIVE: xDrive all-wheel drive
0-100km/h: 4.4 seconds (claimed)
TOP SPEED: 250km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 7.7l/100km (claimed, combined cycle)
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 12.6l/100km (on test, combined cycle)
LENGTH: 4713mm
WIDTH: 2068mm
HEIGHT: 1440mm
GROUND CLEARANCE: 130mm
BOOT CAPACITY: 480 litres
SUPPORT: 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year/100 000km Motorplan
PRICE: R1 006 316

 

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Ja, those figures are not gonna happen with our traffic.
My F30 320D will hit the claimed average of 4.5l/100km when doing long open road runs at a comfy 120kph GPS indicated.
In town and generally, it's about 6.5l/100km.
So the fact that the petrol (albeit G20 not F30) is say 50% worse in the real world than claimed seems about right.
Anyone here have a G20 petrol? What numbers are you seeing?

The claimed vs actual tested fuel consumption is just sad
 

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New BMW 3 Series Compact? Modern hatchback variant imagined

Remember the BMW 3 Series Compact? Well, a digital artist has created renderings showing what a modern hatchback version of the firm’s Three might look like.

Wearing the “Compact” badge, the three-door hatch version of the 3 Series debuted back in 1993 on the E36 platform. In 2001, three years before production ended and the original 1 Series arrived to take its place, the 3 Series Compact switched to the E46’s underpinnings.

Nikita Chuyko’s renderings, published on kolesa.ru, depict what a G20-generation version might look like.


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