Through a modern interpretation of the classic sedan design, the new BMW 3 Series inherits the BMW hood, short front overhang, long wheelbase, and cockpit rear shift design tradition, and has better voice interaction.
The most “fun” of the new BMW 3 Series is the natural speech recognition technology on the new-generation iDrive human-computer interface, allowing drivers or passengers to talk directly to the car for simple control. It is similar to the Siri of the Apple iPhone. It doesn’t need any settings. Just say “Hey BMW” in the car. A pleasant female voice will ask you what you need. Things that can be asked/requested include finding radio channels, adjusting the air conditioning, navigating, entertainment, reading information, and more.
At first, you will found it fun and later found that using the voice to control some functions during driving really makes the driver more focused because the hand is completely focused on the driving when the voice control system is combined with the head-view system, it makes safer and easier driving. In order to prevent confusion caused by other people’s instructions in the car, the voice system can also preferentially identify the driver’s voice to avoid interference with the system when others speak.
The wireless charging setting of the mobile phone in the car is also very “human”. When you turn off the engine and forget to remove the mobile phone, the voice system will remind you that this is much more intimate than other cars with the same wireless charging device.
In addition, the first time in the BMW 3 Series is a key card. The function of this key card is basically similar to that of a general hotel key card. It can be used to unlock the door. When the key card is placed in the car, the engine button can also be activated. The function of this key card is no different from the key that does not need to be inserted today. If you ask the reason, the car dealer said that some people who do not like to take the key off the car can only bring the key card, which seems to be a little redundant. But on the whole, the new BMW 3 Series combines sportiness and modernity, as well as more human.
The new generation BMW 3 Series is not too different from the previous generation, but it will feel more in line with the current fashion atmosphere. A visual focus is very dynamic, compared to the more traditional formal sedan in the past. The design, it’s 4709x1827x1442 mm measurements are longer, wider and higher (but only 1 mm high), while the longer track length of 2851 mm and the wider track circumference make the car look more perfect. All the lights are LED technology, and the flat outer wheel of LED headlights also highlights the sporty style of the new BMW 3 Series. The two horizontal lines of the rear bumper are outstanding and maintain a suitable distance from the taillights using LED technology.
Equipped with a head-up display system
One of the characteristics of BMW’s current car system is that the new generation of cars is bigger and more comfortable. At the same time, the 7 series of the top grades are continuously improved, the 5 series has more and more 7 series design and equipment, and the 3 series has more. 5 series of content. The new generation of 3 series is very similar to the past 5 series. The spacious space and the full LCD digital instrument panel are the norms. Now even the head-up display system that only appeared in the high-end models is equipped. The advantage is that it will be all related. The driving information is projected directly into the driver’s field of view on the windshield, allowing the driver to focus on the road.
The full-color BMW head-up display system displays the current speed, commands from the navigation system, including speed limit information display that prohibits overtaking indications, phone and entertainment lists, and warning messages from the driver assistance system.
Driving sense emphasizes dynamics
Just like other competitors in the same class, BMW has naturally improved the performance of the new generation of cars every time, and in terms of driving sense, BMW is more and more emphasis on dynamics, especially the 3 series, the elegant comfort has a compromise. The engine of the 330i model tested is more powerful than the previous generation. Thanks to the twin-turbo system, its 2-liter 4-cylinder engine can output up to 258 hp between 5000-6500 rpm and rotate at 1550-4400 rpm. The output of up to 400Nm of torque, 6hp, and 50Nm more than the previous generation, is much higher than many of the same class.
The gears are paired with a customizable driving style and a Steptronic 8-speed sports manual transmission with shift paddles. From the comfortable inertia to the dynamic driving style, this gearbox has all the details. In addition to the automatic gear selection, you can also manually shift gears with the help of a shift indicator or shift gears using the shift lever or the shift lever on the steering wheel.
At any time, this engine always achieves a very high power output speed. The start control function adjusts the ideal engine starting speed to achieve greater starting acceleration. At high speeds, the 8th gear reduces engine speed and fuel consumption. This is also the advantage of the newly developed torque converter clutch. The 8-speed automatic manual transmission combines with the engine to provide smooth shifting, excellent energy efficiency, and power output. Unfortunately, BMW’s xDrive smart all-wheel-drive system is not standard in the local, and the 330i model only comes standard with the M Sport suspension. The M340i, which comes standard with the xDrive Smart All-Drive System, will only be available locally.
The car also has some engine energy-saving automatic start-stop function that some people don’t like very much. This function makes the engine start to stop at a moment, too frequent will make people feel very uncomfortable. So in general, I will turn this feature off.
The new 3 Series also has mainstream assistance in handling and parking. It is like the lane departure warning system to detect the lane markings. However, the steering wheel vibration of the new 3 Series lane departure warning system is too strong, and it will be adjusted too often. Suddenly and too “hard and hard”, the force of the system when the car was pulled back to the original lane was too strong, causing the car to be abruptly awkward and a bit dangerous.