The hood rises up in a muscular manner, making room for a potent power plant. In rear-drive format, the 328 is good for a 7. In the case of the 3 Series Coupe, there is no Jeeves to follow you around and take care of your every need and desire. Given the same drivetrain and handling i. Even when the rear of the car went out wide on the corner, the 328xi still felt planted.
The wheel of the 328xi required serious effort to turn at low speeds, although it felt perfect on mountain roads. Notable about this experience was that the car never felt particularly out of control. We were also fortunate in that our pavement was very dry with a thick coating of dust from a nearby construction site. The stereo put out a strong sound, which seemed in keeping with the driving feel of the car. But if the rear wheels are slipping, all the power can be transferred to the front wheels. But the 328xi was exceedingly well-mannered during all of this, making us feel like we were in control even when we weren't entirely.
The manual transmission is a pleasure to shift, and the relatively light clutch pedal isn't too taxing to operate when crawling through heavy urban traffic. But this system doesn't put out heavy bass. Refined Inline-Six Power The rear-wheel-drive 328i is powered by a 3. The audio system uses 10 speakers, including two subwoofers. The car turns harder at lower speeds than it does at higher ones, for example.
The exterior will be also different: the Crimson Red will replace the Electric Red and the Montego Blue metallic will replace Mystic Blue metallic. A split-folding backseat is optional. Sliding the gear selector into Sport brings a more aggressive shift program; upshifts happen later to allow the engine to rev higher, and the transmission downshifts earlier when decelerating to keep the engine revs up and provide. Our test car was the sedan version and, although it didn't come with a navigation system or premium sound, we were still impressed with its cabin tech interface. The larger Infiniti G35 sedan puts its extra overall length and height to good use by offering a cabin that doesn't feel as tight as the 3 Series, whether in the front or rear seats.
A Sparkling Graphite Metallic paint job and its sedan body at first glance made our test car look mundane. And we ended up getting it a bit further loose than we expected, but the car really showed what it could do under the circumstances. Send Mike an Hide full review. Its interior quality may tempt drivers looking for a luxury ride, but only sport drivers should consider this car. The engine provides acceleration that should satisfy the majority of buyers; the run from zero to 60 mph comes in 6.
Overall, the quality of the audio is very good. This car is meant for more than just trips to the mall. Our mixed city and freeway driving showed 21. The G35, however, has made inroads in the 3 Series' market by offering a similar driving experience at a better value, with its powerful V-6 and longer list of standard features. The Premium package, with which our car was equipped, includes Bluetooth cell phone integration. . All oft-used controls, especially the manual transmission shifter, are well within reach of the driver.
The formula is rather simple: It rewards the driver like few other non-exotic cars can, with its communicative steering, intuitive handling and a family of smooth inline-six-cylinder engines. We just wish there were more room in the cabin to better enjoy those qualities. Pairing our Motorola V551 phone to the system was quick, and the system almost immediately made our address book available on the radio display. We just wish there were more room in the cabin to better enjoy those qualities. The lack of headroom and legroom in the center seat make this bench better suited for two.
We found the accelerator was difficult to get used to, and we could never really tell when we were going to get power. Active Steering can also, when necessary, make steering adjustments independent of the driver to maintain car control. The transmission can be set to normal drive mode, sport mode, or a manual gear selection mode. But a second look reveals the car's performance cues, such as how the cabin is set back slightly, allowing a longer nose. Acceleration in the standard drive mode feels sedate, but greatly improves in the sport mode. The G35's trunk is also slightly bigger.
All of this adds up to an understated performance note. Sometimes there would be lag and sometimes not. The Downside: An Overly Cozy Cabin If the 3 Series sedan and wagons have a significant downfall, it's on the inside. In other cars we've put into these types of situations, we've felt very intrusive traction control, giving us something else to negotiate with as we tried to get the car back in line. It reads and indexes all the tracks very quickly, and, when you press the List button, the tracks are shown two at a time on the display. The heavy feeling of the steering wheel translated to ultimate control as we got the car back in line around a corner.
It's quite an ego boost. While the engine doesn't have the low-end thrust of the twin-turbo 335i and its unique 3. So there is an improvement of 15 hp and 15 lbs-ft. The critical acclaim the 3 Series has enjoyed year after year is all but unmatched. First, we found an area free of traffic and other obstacles.