1995cc, 16V, Diesel
Front: Double Joint Spring Strut
Rear: Five Arm
Fuel Tank Capacity
Top Speed/ 0-100kmph
230 kmph/ 7.2 seconds
Rs. 44.5 lakh (ex
In today's age and date most of the vehicles on Indian roads look
mean and aggressive but rarely back that look with power packed performance.
But there are a few car makers out there who believe looks are only as good as
the engineering and performance of a vehicle. BMW the German power house is one
of them and they have been bringing smiles to people's faces for ten decades
now. We got our hands on the new BMW 3 Series 320d M Sport and by the end of
the day a big grin adorned my face.
The new 3 Series M Sport is powered by a BMW 1995cc, TwinPower,
Turbo, 4-cylinder diesel engine which makes 190bhp at 4000rpm and 400Nm of
torque from 1750-2750rpm. The engine being less than 2000cc makes it legal to
be sold on the roads of New Delhi as well as the NCR. The Supreme Court of
India set a ban on diesel vehicles above 2000cc from being sold in the Delhi
NCR region which has crippled sales of many luxury and utility vehicle
manufacturers who sell big numbers in the country's capital.
But that has not deterred companies like BMW from making performance
vehicles which also meet the legal requirements of the land. The M Sport
package on the new 3 Series adds a power packed punch to this vehicle and makes
it a more desirable option amongst buyers looking for more than just the
ordinary. BMW's M division has been making performance cars since the summer of
1972 and now in the year 2016 they have brought the 3 Series M Sport to Indian
The 3 Series has been a big hit for BMW in India and with the option
of the M Sport, Indian buyers get added performance and a feel of the M's as
well. The refreshed design on the 3 Series consists of aggressive looking LED
headlamps which come as standard now, the car also gets new aprons with revised
air intakes, standard LED tail lamps and the M Sport is also available with an
exclusive Estoril Blue (Metallic) colour. The 3 series has been craftily
combined using elegant design lines and aggressive styling. On the inside the
cabin feels more like the cockpit of a space ship with contemporary design
elements and efficient use of exquisite materials. The M Sport features a car
key with the M trim, M logo on the front wings, an exclusive chrome trim in the
centre console area and an M Sport leather steering wheel.
The 3 Series M Sport can go from 0-100kmph in 7.2 seconds and can
achieve a top speed of 230kmph. The German engineering is quite evident on this
sedan with a smooth, comfortable and sporty ride. The 3 Series M Sport which we
drove sits on 255/40 R18 tyres which provide a phenomenal grip on tarmac and
the steering is light, responding immediately to driver inputs. The suspension
setup is a double joint spring strut in the front and a five arm one in the
rear. BMW has increased the suspension stiffness on the new 3 Series and this
caters to a well balanced and comfortable ride. The car glides over potholes
and bumps with ease rendering minimum discomfort to the occupants. One of the
biggest advantages to have is choosing a driving mode to suit your situation
With the M Sport one can select between four driving modes -- Comfort,
ECOPRO, Sport and Sport+. While Comfort and ECOPRO modes are for a more relaxed
and laid back driving behavior of the car which caters to a better fuel
efficiency, the Sport and Sport+ mode are for more responsive and aggressive
driving behavior of the car. The Sport+ mode is where there is minimal
intrusion from the various driver aids which have been installed in the car.
This offers drivers more freedom to explore the capabilities of this sedan. The
build quality of the car is superb as expected from BMW and it handles like a
dream be it smooth tarmac or rough roads. The ground clearance of the 3 Series
stands at 157mm which is decent by my standards. We took the sedan over some
broken roads and it did not bottom out even once however one does need to be
careful of those nasty speed breakers.
On the inside the 3 Series provides comfortable seating for four
average build Indian adults, it would get a little cramped if five adults were
to sit in this cabin. The seats provide adequate support and the cabin feels
roomy. The driver and co-passenger get power adjusted seats as well. Another
very handy feature I found on the 3 Series was the full colour HUD (Heads Up
Display). The HUD allows drivers to maintain focus on the road without having
to peep down at the speedo from time to time. It also has the provision for
displaying maps and directions which makes the drivers job easier. The 3 Series
also comes with a start/stop function and brake energy regeneration to improve
the fuel efficiency of this car. On the safety front the 3 Series M Sport comes
fully loaded with features like airbags for the driver and co-passenger, head
airbags for the front and rear occupants, side airbags for the driver and
co-passenger, ABS, corner braking control, dynamic stability control, dynamic
traction control, crash sensors, vehicle immobiliser and run flat tyres which can be driven up to 80kmph for a
The 3 Series M Sport also comes with a sliding armrest as well as
plenty of storage spaces and cubby holes. Occupants get a two zone climate
control and rear ac vents as well. The 3 Series M Sport package comes with a
22.3cm iDrive colour touch infotainment system with handwriting recognition,
DVD playback, integrated 3D maps, bluetooth audio streaming and USB
integration. The BMW 3 Series M Sport is available for Rs. 44.5 lakh
(ex-showroom Delhi). The vehicle has a lot to offer to buyers and is a very
versatile and dynamic car with immense capability. At the price point BMW has
offered the new 3 Series M Sport one can arguably say it is a solid deal.
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