BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i Review
Basically speaking...

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
15 Oct 2009

Quality in abundance, even in its entry-level form

BMW 318i

"This car's not that bad" were the first five words I uttered after driving off PML's swanky Alexandra Road showroom in the 318i. After all, its interior feels typically BMW - solid and mostly leathered. And it moves off eagerly, willing to keep up with traffic.

Now some might think I'm sounding a tad enthusiastic for the car, but I have a good reason to rave about this 318i. It's the "base model" (read: cheapest) in the local 3 Series line-up, but initial impression sure doesn't give off such vibes.

So finally, now all you fans of the blue roundel have something to be glad about. If before this you can only dream of owning an executive sedan from BMW, well, now's the chance...


There's nothing much visually to tell it apart from the rest of the 3 Series range. Ok, so the puny 16-inch alloys and "318i" badge on the boot lid are giveaways, but everything else still remains.

The face sports the "2009 look", with the bulged bonnet, LED-happy headlamp assembly, sportier front bumper and slightly resized twin-kidney grills. Its rear gets the redesigned tail-lamp, pronounced bumper, BUT with an unflattering exhaust tip...


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Engine Capacity 1995cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 136bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 180Nm @ 3250rpm
Power to Weight 101.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 208 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4531 x 1817 x 1421) mm
Wheelbase 2760 mm
Kerb Weight 1335 kg
Boot Capacity 520 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs