Have you ever wanted a BMW 3-Series, but didn't think you could afford one? Well, BMW has heard your cries and introduced the 2014 BMW 320i which is the lowest priced 3-Series in the lineup. How low, you might be asking? Well it starts off at $32,550.
Now, despite it being the entry-level model in the 3-Series lineup, BMW has done an excellent job of making it feel like every over 3-Series, at least in terms of exterior styling. The usual cues of the twin kidney grille, wraparound headlights, and other details are present. The only giveaway that you're driving the base 3-Series is the badge. Inside is a bit different as BMW had to change out some of the materials in order to keep the 320i in an affordable price range. For most people, this isn't a big deal and the materials can upgraded to more premium items with just a few ticks on the option sheet.
Under the hood is 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired up to a six-speed manual or BMW's excellent eight-speed automatic transmission. The 320i can also be equipped with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. On the fuel economy front, the 2014 BMW 320i is rated at:
- 320i w/the six-speed manual: 23 City/36 Highway/27 Combined
- 320i w/the eight-speed automatic: 24 City/36 Highway/28 Combined
- 320i xDrive w/the eight-speed automatic: 23 City/35 Highway/27 Combined