After the facelifted BMW F30 3 Series was released, it was only a matter of time until one of the more prominent automotive magazines reviews the updated 3 Series. Today, AutoCar released their review of the 2015 BMW 320d M Sport LCI model. Improving upon the 3 Series can be a challenging task, something the BMW engineers experience quite often, but so far the 3 Series facelift has been praised by many journalists from around the world.
The 320d is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbodiesel producing 187 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power to the rear-wheels is sent via an eight-speed automatic transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 2015 320d needs 7.3 seconds, while being easy on the gas: 67.3 mpg (combined).
Here is an excerpt from their review:
Those performance gains may be modest, but this was always a beefy diesel which is now even more meaty. Whatever the figures may say, in a real-world drag race the BMW will monster an equivalent Jaguar XE – especially with this superb eight-speed automatic gearbox, which knocks a tenth of a second off the zero to 62mph time of the manual version. Just keep 1500rpm showing on the tacho and you can rest easy that there’ll always be plenty of poke available.
We had hoped for some bigger improvements in refinement. It’s on a par with the XE’s Ingenium diesel and better than the gruff-sounding Mercedes C220 Bluetech, but knowing how whisper-quiet this engine is in a 5 Series begs the question: why the background clatter here?
The 3 Series’ claim to being the best handling car in its class took a bit of a wobble when we drove the Jaguar XE. As a countermeasure, BMW has retuned the steering and stiffened the 3 Series’ suspension, which on this M Sport model, is even stiffer still and 10mm lower.