The BMW 3-Series has a well-earned reputation for being a competent performer among compact luxury sedans. This year’s version is no different, albeit with one exception.

We give the 2018 BMW 3-Series a 7 out of 10 for performance with a hat tip for a strong turbo-4 and a very competent 8-speed automatic. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The BMW 3-Series offers a relatively exhaustive list of powertrain possibilities, so we hope the rest of your day is clear.


There are four available turbo-4 configurations available in the 2018 BMW 3-Series, including one hybrid option and an increasingly rare turbodiesel.

Base 320i models will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. That kind of power is adequate for the 320i, which weighs 3,320 pounds, but it’s hardly…

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