BMW 3 Series Sedan 335i Review
The 3rd sense

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
3 Mar 2009

M3 too far-fetched? The 335i isn't that bad after all, ya' know...

So what's new? / Improved iDrive

“Junior executive sedan with a big engine”. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well, it is. A big-engined junior executive can provide so much chuckles to the litre, and your fun only stops when you, err, run out of petrol.

But unfortunately to most, that concept just doesn’t make sense.

Well that’s the general feedback gotten off the street anyway. The idea they had was simply, “if I want a big engine, I’ll just get the bigger E-Class or 5 Series”. Especially here in Singapore where road tax rates are among the priciest ever found on this planet. So if they want a car with big displacement, they’ll just pick a bigger car.

Honestly, you must experience such a car to fully understand it. While practically is largely still there, more importantly is the fact that you have power on demand constantly. Like the BMW 335i we have here.

Like the 320i we tested previously, it sports a new face with that new headlamp cluster, detailed bumper, bulged bonnet, bigger kidney grill and new foglamp. Bigger side skirts come standard too. While for the rear, it gets a new bumper, tail lamps and (check this out) only for the 335i, two exhaust mufflers to tell tailgaters that “this ain’t your ordinary 3 Series”. Aptly, the 335i comes factory-fitted with a sporty 17-inch alloys wrapped in high-performance 225/45 R-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A rubbers.

Inside, the 335i comes with both electric seats for both driver and front passenger. Digital air-con comes standard too. On the steering wheel, you can find audio control buttons and also a pair of paddle-shifters, which gives you the added convenience to do your own gear swapping while driving. Above the air-con vents are the iDrive screen, while placed between the air-con vents is a small and simple Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) button.

Like I’ve mentioned during my exclusive drive of the 335i in Munich a few months back, here’s the best bit of the interior – the improved iDrive.

With this iDrive, you have 80 GB of hard disk space - so you can store songs, phone books, and oh well, basically anything you usually put into your mobile phone. Plus it’s intuitive and user-friendly, even for tech-idiots. That aside, the iDrive’s GPS features 3D rendering, and to make it cooler, user can also choose between “Day” or “Night” mode (stars in the background included, as seen in the picture).

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Engine Capacity 2979cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 6
Bore x Stroke (84 x 89.6)mm
Power 306bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 1200rpm
Power to Weight 190.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FR


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4531 x 1817 x 1421) mm
Wheelbase 2660 mm
Kerb Weight 1610 kg
Boot Capacity 520 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L