BMW 3 Series 318i Sedan Sport Review
Executive fun

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
23 Nov 2015
 

Introduction

The BMW 3 Series has always been the marque’s best seller and for good reason. It’s fun, dynamically inclined and typically has great styling. Also it comes with a blue and white propeller badge that most hold in high regard for assorted reasons.

BMW has revived the old 318i moniker for 2015 in the facelift of the now 3-year-old F30 generation 3er, but with a twist. It now comes with a 1.5l three cylinder modular engine that will be adapted for various cars in BMW’s stable in the coming months. This is the big change over the E90 318i, which had a relatively large 2.0l engine that didn’t put out a whole lot of power. But we’ll get to the engine and performance in a bit.

Replacing the highly popular 316i that had a 1.6l four cylinder engine that was rather bare bones for its price; the new 318i comes with BMW’s ConnectedDrive as standard, so you get navigation, concierge and the whole shebang.

Off to a good start then this new base model; we shall take a closer look at what else is new.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1499cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Power 136bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 1250rpm

Performance

Acceleration 210s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 9 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 18.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4624 x 1811 x 1429) mm
Wheelbase 2810 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs