BMW 3 Series Sedan 316i Sport Review
A class act

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
1 Mar 2013


Since the COE cutbacks in mid-2010, we’ve seen a growing trend of continental makes creeping into the traditionally Japanese Cat A market. Renault, Volvo, Citroen and Volkswagen have all made a bid for the larger pie there.

The 3-series has always been BMW’s bestselling model on a global scale. You could even go as far as to say it forms the backbone of the brand. Why? As the preeminent executive model, it has been offering the best of BMW’s dynamic handling package in a compact executive sedan body with each generation. Depending on the engine capacity, performance levels range from regal to manic at the very top with the much coveted M3 model. Little wonder then that the last generation E90 remained popular all the way till its last days.

Being an improved generation over the last model, this F30 has a lot to live up to. And being an entry-level, the pride and prestige of the entire range rests on the 316i to live up to its 3-series moniker. 

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Engine Capacity 1598cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77 x 85.5)mm
Power 136bhp @ 4350rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 1350rpm
Power to Weight 93.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed ZF
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric


Body Type 3 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4624 x 2031 x 1429) mm
Kerb Weight 1460 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


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