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The Once And Future King

Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the G20 is the seventh generation of the iconic BMW 3 Series. It replaces the seven-year-old F30 model and introduces a new design language, state-of-the-art technology, and updated engines.

Borrowing features seen on recently introduced models like the 5 Series sedan and the X5 SUV, the 3 Series looks sportier than ever and it’s finally on par with its competitors in the technology department. It continues to feature four- and six-cylinder engines, but for the time being there aren’t any diesels to pick from. However, BMW confirmed that both oil burners and hybrids are underway. The Germans claim that "no single model has embodied the concept of the Ultimate Driving Machine better than the latest BMW 3 Series." Let’s find out if it’s true or not in the review below.

 

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A Short Film Staring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be

A Short Film Staring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be

A touching story with one very sexy star dressed in redesigned

The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMW’s stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point that’s it practically therapeutic. And, that’s where this short film, titled “The Interview” comes into play.

I don’t want to and spoil it for you, as you simply must watch it from start to finish. But, the base line of the story is that the main human character is faced with a serious dilema. He’s heading to yet another job interview, only to leave in disappointment. Right around the same time, his girlfriend pushes the issue that the struggle is so bad that he just might have to sell that wonderful M3 if he doesn’t get the job.

Needless to say, the main character and the E30 have a close bond and, despite his next interview not going well, our protagonist takes off for a drive. The ending is pure bliss, but you’ll have to watch it to see what happens. The point is that this short film will remind you how a good, long drive in the right car can be one of the most amazing stress relievers on the planet. Go ahead and watch the short film below – you’ll be glad that you did!

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2020 Alpina B3 Touring

2020 Alpina B3 Touring

In a world where there’s still no M3 Wagon, this remains the go-to placeholder

Alpina is one of BMW’s most loyal tuners and the latest 3 Series-based B3 models continue to boast with a unique identity and performance figures that irk any M3 owner. The G20-generation B3 Touring is the 462 horsepower stopgap in a world without an M3 Wagon in it. Our only complaint? That we can’t buy this pinstriped grocery-hauler Stateside.

Once upon a time, Alpina and AC Schnitzer were duking it out on the race tracks of the world as BMW’s favored privateers teams. Both received support from Munich and decades of on-track rivalry now see both companies - but especially Alpina - put out some of the best modified cars on the market. So good, in fact, that Alpina has been a manufacturer for over three decades - although you’ll still find BMW logos on the B3. But Alpina doesn’t plan to crash the party of the upcoming M3 Competition either. That’s fair play!

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2019 BMW M340i - Driven

2019 BMW M340i - Driven

BMW Introduced the seventh-generation G20 3 Series for the 2019 model year and with it came a new design language, update engines, and some features from models like the 5 Series and X5, among others. To top all this off, it’s also just a bit larger and more aggressive than the seven-year-old F30 3 Series that it replaced. We didn’t get a chance to run the new 3 Series prototype around the track on the original pre-release test days, so we’ve been itching to see just how much better new the 3 Series is and whether or not all that new technology and new driving dynamics live up to the hype. So, we started reaching out in hopes of getting our hands on a new 3 Series tester, and BMW delivered. In fact, it delivered so well, that we got to spend a week with none other than the new 2020 BMW M340i – the best model you can get without going full-on M.

So, is the M340i really a poor man’s M3? Does it really compete against the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 or the Audi S5 Sportback? Does the M340i really deserve its time in the limelight? Well, after a week of a weird, love-hate affair with the 2020 BMW M340i, we have answers to all these questions and more. Here’s our experience….

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2020 Alpina B3 Saloon

2020 Alpina B3 Saloon

The Alpina B3 Saloon is here to take your money before the new M3 does

Where do you go when you want a car that looks like a BMW and still is a BMW deep inside, but sports subtle design tweaks, boosted powerplants, and new badges without looking over the top and rather elegant instead? Well, if you’re thinking Alpina, then you’re absolutely right. The firm calls itself a manufacturer because it does not offer aftermarket kits, tuning chips, of mods, but instead, it delivers BMW-based models that have been tweaked from the ground up. Alpina’s latest product, the B3 saloon, just took the stage in Tokyo, so why don’t we get to learn what’s it all about?

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2020 Alpina B3 Touring is here to cull your BMW M3 Wagon craving

2020 Alpina B3 Touring is here to cull your BMW M3 Wagon craving

All-new 186-mph Alpina B3 Touring has exclusivity, performance, and practicality to boot

Lovers of fast wagons, you might want to sit down for this one as the mere sight of it will make your knees weak - the 2020 BMW Alpina B3 Touring is upon us and it is absolutely glorious. Wraps have just come off it at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and it has instantly become one of the coolest BMWs you can buy right now at any price.

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They Are So Young and BMW is About to Kill Them - Which Models Will BMW Send to the Guillotine to Save Cheddar?

They Are So Young and BMW is About to Kill Them - Which Models Will BMW Send to the Guillotine to Save Cheddar?

Sentimentality flies out the window when the bottom line is in danger

There’s a glamorous side to the auto world that we often celebrate in world debuts, product launches, and concept car reveals. But as exciting as that side of the business is, the actual business of making money is about as ruthless and cutthroat as it gets. We don’t often see this aspect of the industry, but when it rears its ugly head, it can turn the fortunes of an automaker upside down without warning. Like most automakers, BMW’s bottom line is its number one priority. When that bottom line trends north, everyone goes home with a smile on their face. But what if that bottom line suddenly reverses course? Panic ensues and plans and projects, no matter how new, are scuttled and thrown directly into the trash bin. To be clear, BMW is still profitable; it’s just not as profitable as it would like to be, especially with heavy investments in hybridization and electrification draining most of its profits away. To keep its numbers from spiraling out of control, BMW is reportedly considering axing several models from its lineup, including a pair of models that have just been unveiled in the last couple of years. The cost-cutting measures come at a time when Bimmer is redirecting its attention and resources towards projects that will help it remain relevant in the next decade. It’s just that, by doing that, we’re likely going to have to say goodbye to some of the automaker’s current models, none more surprising, at least in my mind, than the new BMW Z4 and coupé and convertible versions of the BMW 8 Series.

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2019 BMW 3 Series vs 2019 Mercedes C-Class

2019 BMW 3 Series vs 2019 Mercedes C-Class

The two German icons face off in one of the most storied rivalries in the auto industry

The rivalry between the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class is the automotive equivalent of the rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The stakes are different, sure, but there are no two models that are linked to one another than the 3 Series and the C-Class. It’s fitting, too, that just as Mercedes unveiled the 2019 C-Class a few months ago, it didn’t take BMW long to roll out the next-generation 3 Series. With both models offering something new to the table, it’s only fitting that we compare both models to see which one has the edge over the other.

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2020 BMW 3-Series Touring arrives as more practical alternative to the sedan

2020 BMW 3-Series Touring arrives as more practical alternative to the sedan

BMW 3-Series G20 Touring is the compact, sporty, premium family hauler you’ve been waiting for

If sporty rear-wheel drive wagons are your thing then you will love the all-new 2020 BMW 3-Series Touring that was just revealed. It’s essentially the same proposition as the sedan, but with extra carrying capacity and practicality - two characteristics that make it more appealing to families and those who go on frequent road trips.

Some will just buy the wagon over the sedan simply for the look - throughout Western Europe you see various generations of 3-Series Touring pass you on the motorway, so that part of the world’s love affair with the more practical end of the 3-Series range is well known. But, this new one still needs to show improvements over older generations in order to stay relevant, and BMW says it is packed full of cool features that will be irresistible for those who like both sporty rear-wheel drive cars and practical load-luggers and want these two characteristics in one car.

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2019 BMW 320d xDrive - driven

2019 BMW 320d xDrive - driven

Is the fresh G20 3-Series the new compact executive sedan benchmark (again)?

Whenever BMW launches an all-new 3-Series, this is a big deal on the sporty executive sedan scene. It’s like when Mercedes launches a new S-Class, only at the other end of the size scale. The new 2019 G20 BMW 3 Series promises a lot and I got to drive the grippy, frugal and very fast 320d xDrive for a few days to see if the model has reestablished itself as the class benchmark.

It is a bit bigger and also has different proportions compared to the outgoing 3-Series, the F30, and the visual changes really make it seem new and also stand out among other BMWs. The front part is unusually long, and you especially notice this from a side profile view mainly because the windscreen pillars are positioned quite far back. But this is not a negative point as it gives the car a lot of presence.

BMW has definitely managed to freshen it up a bit compared to the old model, and the same can be said of its interior which now feels far more contemporary than that of the F30. The interior is completely new, hardly anything has been carried over, and the result is a much more modern ambiance than what you felt in the old model which was really starting to feel... old.

In terms of driving experience, the new 3-Series does drive like the slightly bigger car than it is. In fact, you feel like you’re in a bigger car with that huge hood extending in front of you from the driver’s seat, but once you show it some corners, it’s definitely a 3-Series through its high level of agility and not the larger and slightly more comfort-oriented 5-Series.

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2019 BMW 3-Series G20 video review

2019 BMW 3-Series G20 video review

Is BMW’s new 3-Series sedan the new compact exec sedan benchmark?

Whenever BMW launches an all-new 3-Series it’s a big deal because throughout its many generations (the latest one is the seventh generation) it has often been called the class benchmark. People not only praised it for its sharp handling and tight body control, but also for its excellent build and the feeling of it being well engineered. Now there’s a new 3-Series, known as the G20 generation, and we tried it out to see if it holds its position on the throne

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The 2020 BMW 3 Series LWB Came To Shanghai With Its Sights Set On the Audi A4 L and Mercedes C-Class L

The 2020 BMW 3 Series LWB Came To Shanghai With Its Sights Set On the Audi A4 L and Mercedes C-Class L

Bimmer’s new long 3er will have stiff competition from some familiar foes

The BMW 3 Series has a long-wheelbase variant, and it’s only available in the Chinese market. The newest version of the stretched 3 Series is on display at Auto Shanghai 2019,proving yet again that, at least in China, stretched sedans are the business. The 3 Series LWB shares most of its features with the standard 3er. The only benefit is that it’s longer, which, in turn, provides more interior space for its owners, particularly those who would want to stretch their legs in the back seats. The long-wheelbase 3 Series will go on sale in China by the middle of the year, where it will compete with similar stretched models like the Mercedes C-Class L, Audi A4 L, and Jaguar XEL. Production will take place in the country through BMW’s partnership with China’s Brilliance Auto Group.

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2019 BMW 330e PHEV arrives in Geneva to Ween Europe off Diesel Cars

2019 BMW 330e PHEV arrives in Geneva to Ween Europe off Diesel Cars

It has six-cylinder performance, but with diesel four-cylinder-like efficiency

BMW’s previous 330e was a surprisingly compelling package and that’s why this all-new 2019 330e that just debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show actually has some shoes to fill. In fact, if they’ve further improved on the older 330e (which we’re sure they have) then this could be one of the picks of the new 3-Series range.

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BMW to Go All PHEV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

BMW to Go All PHEV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

No new i models in sight but BMW proves it’s still very serious about its electric future

BMW, like any major automaker, will deploy a whole bunch of electric cars at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This isn’t surprising us at all, but what’s interesting is that the Bavarian brand chooses to concentrate on its hybrid and electric offerings, like the highly-anticipated 330e, the 745e, and the X5 xDrive45e that will share the drivetrain with the facelifted PHEV 7er.

Is the writing on the wall for gas-powered cars? The answer may still be no, but it’s clear that every big player in the automotive world wants to prove to its customers, as well as its peers and the environmental agencies, that hybrid models and all-out electric cars represent an increasing share of its offering. BMW is a leading example, not only with its i family of electric cars but also with its growing variety of hybrids. However, for those who aren’t excited about electric motors and the like, BMW will also display the tasteful M850i Individual Night Sky model under the limelight at Geneva.

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2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 BMW 3 Series

Is Mercedes’ new subcompact good enough for this iconic Bimmer?

Highly popular in its first years on the U.S. market, the Mercedes-Benz CLA returns in 2019 with a brand-new design. Drawing inspiration from both the sleek CLS and the latest A-Class, the CLA remains the sporty four-door coupe that made waves when it first arrived in 2013. But it now features a fresh interior, also taken from the A-Class, segment-leading technology, and an upgraded engine. How does it compare to its rivals? Well, the CLA doesn’t have that many rivals, as no other automaker produces a four-door coupe in this niche. But, we’re comparing it to the BMW 3 Series, one of the sportier compact sedans, and one of the best-selling models in this class. Find out more below.

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Is BMW Preparing to Move Even Further Away From the Manual Transmission?

Is BMW Preparing to Move Even Further Away From the Manual Transmission?

What are you going to do with that free hand? Eat chips?

If you are a stick-shift lover, proceed with caution. We heard some news that is not yet official and we sincerely hope it is just a baseless rumor. Blame the reduced demand for this, but according to Bimmertoday, BMW is planning to eradicate manual transmissions from even more of its models. Is there any reason to live in this world anymore?

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The China-Only 3-Series L is Nearly As Long as the BMW 5 Series

The China-Only 3-Series L is Nearly As Long as the BMW 5 Series

The three proverbial “Ls” here stand for legroom, legroom and more legroom

Premium automakers give China special attention because the Chinese market is so big and lucrative that it makes a lot of financial sense for them to do so and that’s why they all have long-wheelbase versions of the sedans they sell there. The latest premium sedan to be launched is the all-new 3-Series from BMW, and it really didn’t take long for the stretched model to make its appearance.

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A Snowmobile in the Back of a BMW 3 Series is Proof We Need More Wagons

A Snowmobile in the Back of a BMW 3 Series is Proof We Need More Wagons

And BMW won’t sell the next 3 Series Wagon in the U.S...

The market has been moving towards big SUVs and all kinds of crossovers in the past few years, but there are still people who favor a good old station wagon like this guy who decided a snowmobile will fit in the back of his BMW 3 Series Wagon and, incredibly, it did. Sort of...

Just when we all thought that sedans and station wagons were on the chopping block.... Thanks to an ever decreasing interest in cars and the momentum gained by trucks and all kinds of crossovers in the past few years, we come across videos like this that show just how much stuff you can haul in the back of an ordinary station wagon.

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2019 BMW 3-Series Review Roundup: Does it Get the Class Crown?

2019 BMW 3-Series Review Roundup: Does it Get the Class Crown?

New G20 is larger, better and more talented in every way

Journalists have tried out the all-new, seventh-gen, 2019 BMW 3-Series G20 at its official launch event in Portugal, and first impressions of the car are really good. You’d expect BMW to want to pull out all the stops in order to get its smallest and most popular sedan right and, apparently, it did.

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If You Want a New BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, You Better Order One Now!

If You Want a New BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, You Better Order One Now!

The next-gen model isn’t coming to U.S. Shores

Unlike Prince Akeem, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is not coming to America. That’s the word from BMW itself after a spokesperson from BMW North America confirmed that the next-generation 3 Series Sports Wagon is not headed to the U.S. market. Simmer’s decision to skip on selling the 3 Series Sports Wagon in the U.S. ends the model’s 20-year run in America. BMW has sold the 3er wagon in the U.S. since the E46 generation, which lasted from 1998 to 2006 before making way for the E90 and F30 generations of the popular nameplate. But now that BMW has switched over to the all-new, G20 generation, the list of models available here in the U.S. will miss one staple. You can still buy a 3 Series Sport Wagon, but you’ll have to settle for the current-generation F30 model.

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The Next Generation of BMWs Will Have Their Own Distinct Design

The Next Generation of BMWs Will Have Their Own Distinct Design

Sometimes being siblings is better than being identical twins

Following in the footsteps of Audi and Mercedes, BMW has adopted the ‘Russian Doll’ design; wherein every product basically looks the same. It feels like the cars have taken the ‘twinning’ concept way too seriously. For instance, it is hard to differentiate between the Audi A4, A6, and A8 if not for their lengths. And, this design approach is getting more and more common for brands. Maybe they use it as a ‘brand recall’ strategy, but it is getting out of hand. So, finally, BMW has decided to put an end to it.....finally

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2020 BMW M340i xDrive

2020 BMW M340i xDrive

382 horsepower BMW 3 Series To Fall In Love With

Just before its official unveiling at the L.A. Auto Show, BMW released the first specifications about the best G20 3 Series revealed so far - the M340i xDrive. It is not an M3, but it is really, really close to being one. Actually, the M340i is the most powerful 3 Series ever revealed. Save for previous two generations of the M3.

Taking the G20 3 Series architecture to a level unachieved by any BMW 340i of before, the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive comes with a standard, electronically controlled, mechanical limited slip differential, a 382 horsepower engine, and specially tuned eight-speed transmission with Launch Control.

Update 12/3/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2018 BMW 330i GT xDrive - Driven

2018 BMW 330i GT xDrive - Driven

BMW’s 3-Series Gran Turismo is the other practical variant in the 3-Series lineup for those who don’t want to buy the wagon. It actually has more carrying capacity than the load lugger, and unmatched passenger room, as well as a hatchback design, so you can load big items into the back fairly easily.

It’s really the amount of interior space that impresses in the 3 GT, a car that is nowhere near as popular as it should be because, from my experience with it, there’s actually a lot to like, and it has a bit of a lovable character. Comfort levels are very high, especially if you avoid the harder suspension of the M sport pack (which apparently ruins the ride quality), and opt for the standard setup with adaptive dampers - it is the most comfortable 3-Series you can buy by quite some margin.

Design and styling may not be to everybody’s taste, certainly, but the fact that it has a bit of extra ground clearance over a regular 3-Series and the fact that it’s slightly taller overall, doesn’t negatively affect the way it looks. I think that for a halfway model whose aim is to convince you not to buy an actual crossover or SUV, it looks more than adequate and for some reason better in person than the 6-Series Gran Turismo - its larger and more expensive 5-Series-based brother.

In the 330i xDrive Luxury spec I tested, it was motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder which is easily powerful enough for lively acceleration and not terrible on fuel. I wouldn’t call it explicitly sporty, but it is miles better to throw around a twisty road than, say, the BMW X3, which just feels tall and cumbersome by comparison.

BMW is probably not going to make a follow-up model for this 3 GT, due to its low appeal in these crossover crazed times. That means a few years down the line it will be even less of a common sight so as time progresses people may start looking for these as a rare, slightly oddball model, but one with excellent daily driver credentials.

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2020 BMW 3 Series Touring

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring

Adding extra roof to the next Bavarian standard

If you want a bit more practicality than the new 2020 BMW 3-Series sedan can offer, then the logical step is the even newer 2020 3-Series Touring. As with previous incarnations of the model, it promises the same sporty drive as the three-box sedan, but with a bit more family friendly practicality and a bigger trunk to fit more stuff into.

The all-new G21 3-Series Touring looks noticeably more imposing than the car it replaces. This is a byproduct of its even longer nose and A-pillars that have been pushed further back. Its front and rear fascias are considerably more modern than those of the F31 which in turn weren’t hugely different to the E90 model before that; in other words, the visual difference between the F31 and the new G21 is far bigger than the one noted from E91 to F31.

The same can be said of the new G21’s interior compared to that of the F31 (whose interior had really started to look dated over the past few years). It is not only more modern and packed with fresh features, but perceived quality has been improved too - overall, it’s a much nicer place to sit and since this is a review of the wagon variant of the new 3-Series, you’ll be happy to note that practicality has been enhanced too.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring.

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13 Astonishing Facts About The New 2019 BMW 3 Series

13 Astonishing Facts About The New 2019 BMW 3 Series

It’s One Of The Best Rounded Cars Ever

With more than 15 million units sold since its introduction in 1975, the BMW 3 Series has become a drivers’ favorite. It is a benchmark among sedans and, in its seventh generation, the 3 Series does not disappoint. Not only did BMW fill it with tech that was unimaginable only a decade ago, but the company also improved all the important pieces - it’s lighter, it’s stiffer, it’s faster, it’s nimbler. Yet, with all of that, the 2019 3 Series is bigger than ever. Like BMW E39 big, as we have discussed in this article.

As with every new benchmark German car, the 3 Series also comes with a multitude of astonishing tech and advanced features. I compiled a list of advancements and equipment that make the new BMW 3 Series far more impressive than ever before. When you learn about this, you will more likely forgive its Peugeot-looking front lights and the massive increase in size. This is an impressive car.

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It Looks Like BMW May Offer the M3 With a Manual Transmission After All

It Looks Like BMW May Offer the M3 With a Manual Transmission After All

Do buyers still want to swap cogs by hand?

The new BMW M3 is on its way, as confirmed in a recent rash of spy shots that show the Bavarian rocket ship out for a spot of testing at the Nürburgring. For now, though, specifics aren’t quite nailed down, with the question of two pedals or three providing one of the biggest question marks of them all. Luckily for those of us who prefer a manual, it’s looking like Bimmer isn’t quite ready to ditch the stick shift.

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2019 BMW 3 Series vs 2019 Audi A4

2019 BMW 3 Series vs 2019 Audi A4

The brand-new BMW 3 Series is arguably one of the most important launches at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The German compact executive sedan flexes its muscles in a class defined by the decades-old rivalry with Mercedes and Audi. The latter presents itself with the A4 which was launched two years ago but will undergo a subtle facelift for the 2019 model year.

BMW’s legendary 3 Series gets a seventh generation for 2019. Known as the G20, next year’s car has a new platform, is bigger all round and features bold styling even with the lower trim line option. BMW says it is sportier than the previous generations, but purists already lament the lack of a manual transmission.

The Audi, in comparison, is a car that’s already reached the mid-point of its production cycle. The styling is more conservative, consistent with Audi’s decision over the past few years to not introduce particularly eye-catching design cues. As such, the BMW might be the one you notice first, but the longer Audi shouldn’t be ruled out from the get-go.

Read on to find how the new BMW 3 Series stacks up against the Audi A4.

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BMW is Killing the BMW 3 Series GT but We Refuse to Let it Go With a New Rendering

BMW is Killing the BMW 3 Series GT but We Refuse to Let it Go With a New Rendering

A forbidden fruit? Not for us!

BMW is reportedly going to kill off the 3-Series Gran Turismo, the more practical, slightly taller, longer, and roomier hatchback version of BMW’s bread and butter sedan. Apparently, there is no longer a justification to make a new one as its slot in the range will be filled by new SUV models.

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2019 BMW 3 Series

2019 BMW 3 Series

The Once And Future King

Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the G20 is the seventh generation of the iconic BMW 3 Series. It replaces the seven-year-old F30 model and introduces a new design language, state-of-the-art technology, and updated engines.

Borrowing features seen on recently introduced models like the 5 Series sedan and the X5 SUV, the 3 Series looks sportier than ever and it’s finally on par with its competitors in the technology department. It continues to feature four- and six-cylinder engines, but for the time being there aren’t any diesels to pick from. However, BMW confirmed that both oil burners and hybrids are underway. The Germans claim that "no single model has embodied the concept of the Ultimate Driving Machine better than the latest BMW 3 Series." Let’s find out if it’s true or not in the review below.

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The 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring to Debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March

The 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring to Debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March

Unfortunately, it won’t make it to the U.S.

Just as the hype was dying down after the 2019 BMW 3 Series’ launch at the Paris Motor Show, BMW has reignited interest in its latest new model. As per a report from L’Automobile Magazine, the German automaker will be unveiling 3 Series Touring at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year. Actually, it’s not that much of a surprise because the touring has been sold for almost as long as the sedan.

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2018 BMW 3 Series vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series

2018 BMW 3 Series vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series

Comparing the old and the new 3 Series shows how different the G20 model is

BMW has unveiled the seventh generation 3 Series, signaling a new era for the company’s iconic compact luxury sedan. The new 3 Series is a lot bigger than its predecessor, effectively questioning why we still call it a compact sedan. There’s nothing “compact” about the new 3 Series. Not only is it larger than any 3 Series on record, but it’s also lighter, more powerful, and filled to the brim with a lot of interesting tech features. At launch, the new 3 Series will be available in 330i and 340i trim levels. More versions, including the next-generation M3, will become available in the future. Pricing for the new 3 Series starts at $41,245.

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BMW Seriously Doesn't Want the 2019 3 Series Compared to the Older 3 Series

BMW Seriously Doesn’t Want the 2019 3 Series Compared to the Older 3 Series

Forget The Past, Look Into The Future

The Bavarian automaker has lost its patience with people criticizing the last few generations of the 3 Series. This has irked the automaker, and motivated it to aim for new driving benchmarks with its latest mid-size luxury sedan. BMW’s development chief, Klaus Frohlich, said that the latest G20 version had to be the best driving car in its class.

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2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Rendered

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Rendered

Adding extra roof to the new Bavarian standard

BMW has only just taken the wraps off its all-new G30 3-Series sedan at the Paris Motor Show, but what I want to know is what the estate or wagon version of it is going to look like. So in order to not have to wait until next year when BMW will probably reveal the 3 load lugger, I’ve made my own digital version of it.

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Believe It or Not, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is Bigger than an E39 5 Series

Believe It or Not, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is Bigger than an E39 5 Series

Not exactly longer, but bigger everywhere that matters

Last week, BMW removed the silk covers from the all-new BMW 3 Series G20. It is possibly the most important car revealed at the Paris Motor Show and definitely the most important car BMW revealed in the last three or so years. Yet, even on the photographs, one could definitely see that the 3 Series grew quite a bit. BMW reported a 2.9 inches increase in length. When I was working on that BMW 3 Series piece I was wondering just how big the new 3 Series really is.

The answer surprised me. The new BMW 3 Series G20 is bigger than the BMW 5 Series E39. Ok, not exactly longer, but I’ll get to that in a jiffy. Considering the E39 is basically my favorite car, I was almost annoyed, but then reason took over. I asked myself, how did we become so strangely obsessed with size and getting things bigger?

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This Rendering of the 2020 BMW 4 Series with 3 Series Styling Gives a Glimpse Into the Future

This Rendering of the 2020 BMW 4 Series with 3 Series Styling Gives a Glimpse Into the Future

Why make something new when you can borrow your sibling’s good looks?

We enthusiasts are hungry people. Even greedy at times. Now that the new BMW 3 Series has finally been revealed, we can begin speculating about the 4 Series and the updates it will receive. BMW is already working on the new 4 Series, as spy shots of the 4 Series convertible with a soft top in heavy camouflage were captured. Even though they hardly revealed anything, it was enough to conclude that there will be a lot design-sharing with the 3 Series. However, now we have a rendering of the hard-top coupe, and we must say it looks delicious.

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Check Out the Self-Aligning Wheel Caps on the 2019 BMW 3 Series

Check Out the Self-Aligning Wheel Caps on the 2019 BMW 3 Series

You spin me round

BMW’s all-new 3-Series is causing quite a stir at the Paris Motor Show. The model is bigger, more advanced, and more luxurious, and it even has big luxury car details, too. For instance, it features self-righting (or self-centering) wheel center caps, just like you get in a Rolls-Royce (and literally no other car brand).

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The 2019 BMW 3 Series Comes to Paris with a Lighter Footprint, Wider Track, and Longer Wheelbase

The 2019 BMW 3 Series Comes to Paris with a Lighter Footprint, Wider Track, and Longer Wheelbase

Bigger than ever

The BMW 3 Series has just been shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The new car is longer, wider, roomier, sharper and, altogether better I hope. With the new platform supporting the advanced plug-in system and all imaginable modern tech, the G20 3 Series proves to be one of the most important debuts of the year. Focusing on evolution, rather than on revolution, BMW designers precisely, but subtly, reshaped all the trademark elements of the new 3 Series. Yet, despite growing in size and featuring a somewhat different styling, the 3 Series is still recognizable and rather handsome.

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Fresh Batch of M Performance Parts Unveiled for 2019 BMW 3 Series

Fresh Batch of M Performance Parts Unveiled for 2019 BMW 3 Series

Turn your 3 Series into an M3 without the expensive sticker

The 2018 Paris Motor Show kicked off at full blast with many new cars unveiled during the first press day. Among them, the new-generation BMW 3 Series is taking all the headlines. Redesigned from the ground up, the German compact sedan is already available with a batch of new M Performance Parts, which BMW launched during the same event.

The purpose of these accessories is to enable you to customize your 3 Series and even get it to look very close to an M3 without the premium that comes with the performance sedan. The M Performance Parts bundle is mostly about visuals though, so don’t expect any extra performance.

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SHMEE Gives Us the Full Walkaround for the 2019 BMW 330i M Sport

SHMEE Gives Us the Full Walkaround for the 2019 BMW 330i M Sport

In-depth look at details and features inside and out

An all-new BMW 3-Series was unveiled at the Paris motor show, but if the official gallery and information did not tell you enough about the car, then why not check out this static walkaround video by Shmee150.

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The 2019 BMW 3 Series Comes With Revised Engines, Updated Chassis, and a New Six-Speed Manual

The 2019 BMW 3 Series Comes With Revised Engines, Updated Chassis, and a New Six-Speed Manual

This is way 1/5 of all new Bimmers is a 3 Series

Whenever BMW launches an all-new 3-Series, the entire automotive world stops and turns its attention to it. This all-new generation, bearing the G20 internal code name, has officially bowed at the 2018 Paris motor show with fresh styling, an all-new interior, a larger wheelbase and the promise of improved driving dynamics.

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Leaked Configurator Images of the 2019 3 Series Show Off the Finer Design Points

Leaked Configurator Images of the 2019 3 Series Show Off the Finer Design Points

And, this is it, folks

Without further ado, here is the all-new 2019 BMW 3-Series G20, without any camouflage or obscured in any way. These configurator photos show the car from all angles, in various trims and give a detailed view of its completely redesigned interior complete with digital gauge cluster and new infotainment.

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BMW Teases New 3 Series Ahead of Paris Reveal

BMW Teases New 3 Series Ahead of Paris Reveal

Only God knows how we survived all this while

Given how the last couple of months have unfolded with spy shots, leaks, teasers, and what not, the 3 Series is finally here to address all the hype. The seventh-generation of the BMW 3 Series will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next week. In fact, even BMW has left no stone unturned to make sure that the 3 Series gets the royal treatment it deserves. In a tweet today, the Bavarian teased us again with three new images.

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Does This Image Showcase the 2019 BMW 3 Series?

Does This Image Showcase the 2019 BMW 3 Series?

We hate spoilers, but this one is an exception

This is as scandalous as an iCloud leak. There are pictures on every other website. And, it’s of a very well-known celeb. Earlier this week, an image of the alleged new BMW 3 Series started surfacing the auto world. The car under the covers boasts the larger-than-life kidney grille with chrome outers, so it seems to be the upcoming M340i M Performance model. The very same one that is expected to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

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A Chinese Property Developer is Offering a BMW If You Buy Its Property

A Chinese Property Developer is Offering a BMW If You Buy Its Property

Would you take the developer up on offer?

A Chinese property developer is offering a BMW 3 Series or a BMW X1 to anyone who buys a three-bedroom unit or townhouse at its development property in Shanghai. The developer, China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., is pulling out all the stops to lure buyers in the wake of lending curbs and funding constraints that have squeezed their finances. The giveaway is just one example of the lengths Chinese property developers are going to for the sake of boosting sales.

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Video: Watch a Tuned 3 Series Give a Ferrari 430 Scuderia a Run for its Money

Video: Watch a Tuned 3 Series Give a Ferrari 430 Scuderia a Run for its Money

This isn’t your typical E92 335i

On paper, a BMW E92 335i has no business engaging a Ferrari F430 Scuderia in a drag race. It’s a hilarious mismatch if both cars come in standard form. Fortunately for the Bimmer, it’s not just a typical E92 335i. It’s been tuned to compete with Maranello’s finest on a drag strip.

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Next-Gen BMW 3 Series to Debut at Paris Motor Show

Next-Gen BMW 3 Series to Debut at Paris Motor Show

The iconic German sedan is about to enter a new chapter

Forty-three years and six generations in, the BMW 3 Series remains the standard-bearer among compact luxury sedans. It’s gone through multiple iterations, but the 3 Series still holds court in a segment that has no shortage of rivals. Now that the sixth- and current-generation model is on its last legs, the seventh-generation model with chassis code G20 is about to enter our lives when it makes its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October. Ready, get set, go. The seventh-gen BMW 3 Series is coming.

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Rumors Say that the BMW 3-Series GT Isn't Long for this World

Rumors Say that the BMW 3-Series GT Isn’t Long for this World

The odd, but beautiful-looking car has been craving for takers all these years

It looks like the BMW 3-Series GT might not see the light of day in the coming decade. According to BMW Blog, the 3-Series GT will be dropped from BMW’s lineup once the current generation goes out of production in 2020. This is solely because of poor sales figures, and the fact that the widely spread 3-Series has enough on its plate already.

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6 Game-Changing Cars Coming in the Second Half of 2018

6 Game-Changing Cars Coming in the Second Half of 2018

The second half of the year should be a doozy for car debuts

2018 is halfway done, and just as fast as time flies, so too is our insatiable need to see the newest cars hit the street. The first half of the year gave us some incredible debuts. That’s a list that includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Jeep Wrangler JL, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Volvo S60 and just about every new pickup that was unveiled in the last six months. It’s an eclectic list, sure, but that’s the beauty of the industry. You never know what you’re going to get on any specific day. You just sit back and enjoy the ride. And so, as we embark on the second half of the year, we have some new cars that we’re really excited to see, including a few models that are scheduled to appear at the 2018 Paris Motor Show later this year.

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Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series

Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series

Volvo finally has what it takes to give BMW a run for its money

After years of struggle to make a stand in the premium market, the S60 finally has a shot against the leading nameplates in this niche: the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4. We’ve already compared the S60 to the Merc, so now it’s time to pit it against the 3 Series, the vehicle that has set the benchmark in this segment for many years.

Purchased by Geely in 2009, Volvo was subject to a makeover in recent years that saw most of its important models redesigned from the ground up and all engines that weren’t four-cylinders discontinued. The Swedish firm also developed a hybrid drivetrain under Chinese ownership. The first vehicle to sport all these novelties, the XC90, entered production in 2014, but the design and tech expanded to include the S90 and XC40 too. Come 2018, and Volvo redesigned the S60 compact sedan using the same features and technologies, turning it into a shrunken S90.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M3 CS

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M3 CS

The next-gen BMW M3 is already in the works with a debut planned to happen sometime around the turn of the decade. That means there’s only a couple more years to enjoy the current M3 and more intense M3 CS. That CS essentially stands for weight loss, new exhaust, and new wheels, among other things. It’s not just the addition of carbon fiber and the shedding of a few pounds that makes the CS stand out, though. It’s the extra power output too, which accounts for an extra 28 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque. That brings total output figures up to 453 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque; enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 174 mph. Of course, there’s no choice but to flick some paddles for shifting purposes as a real manual transmission has been left off the options list.

Be that as it may, the M3 CS is one mean, light, carbon-fiber-toting machine and it’s more than worthy of some screen time on your home or office computer. So, we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper and included a nice little gallery at the bottom with more awesome choices just for you. Go ahead and take them all if you want.

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Potential Power Figures for the 2019 BMW 3 Series Hit the Web

Potential Power Figures for the 2019 BMW 3 Series Hit the Web

Two hybrid models in the works

Already seven years old as of 2018, the current BMW 3 Series is getting a bit long in the tooth, especially when compared to the much newer Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Fortunately, a brand-new model is in the works for a couple of years now, and it’s expected to break cover by the end of 2018. While the test cars are still camouflaged inside and out, the upcoming 3 Series isn’t much of a mystery design-wise, as it will be heavily based on the latest 5 Series. It might take a while until we see the actual car, but a recent leak may have just uncovered the entire engine lineup of the new compact.

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BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW has been watching the reported problems for a while now..

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy these performance cars

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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The BMW 3 Series is the German brand’s best-selling model with around 30-percent of the company’s sales being derived from it alone if you exclude motorcycles. It’s been in constant production since 1975 and served as a successor to the BMW 02 Series of way back when. Over the years, the 3 Series has gone through a total of six generational shifts with the seventh-generation model being introduced in 2018.

If you know anything about the history of the 3 Series, then you know that it has been offered in a number of different forms. It started life as a two-door sedan as BMW called it (it was really just a coupe) and that held true until the second-generation E30 model made its debut. By 1983, the four-door sedan came to life with the 3 Series convertible following suit in 1985 and the 3 Series Wagon debuting in 1987.

BMW has a funny way of justifying new models, and back in 2013, it decided it would differentiate its sedans from its coupes and convertibles. As such, the 3 Series is no longer offered as a coupe or convertible as those models are reserved for the 4 Series name. In its current form, the 3 Series is sportier than ever, but with this generation being introduced in 2018, the model line is far from complete yet. For now, the only models you can get your hands on are the entry-level 330i and the M340i, both of which can be had with xDrive AWD, and the latter of which borrows some M DNA but is far from a budget M3.

The 330i is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The M340i has a larger, 3.0-liter inline-six that’s good for 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for the 330i starts out at $40,750 while the M340i commands $54,000. Add $2,000 to the base price of either for xDrive AWD and expect the full-fledged BMW M3 to run somewhere in the area of $63,000 when it launches sometime in early-to-mid 2020.