New 2019 BMW 3 Series

Bigger, better, lighter: the new 2019 BMW 3 Series hits the roads next year

Murray Scullion
Oct 2, 2018

BMW’s all new 3 Series has officially been revealed, showing its updated look along with a raft of new technology.

There's no revolution in terms of design either inside or outside: the new car is still very recognisable as a BMW 3 Series, starting with the familiar kidney grille at the front, which is larger than ever.

Underneath the metal, there's more power both from the engines and the car's computer processors, which now offer more technological possibilities. These inlcude a "Hey Google"-type personal assistant, which reacts to your voice commands, even if they are informal or colloquial.

This latest BMW will also be the first 3 Series to offer an all-electric version, alongside hybrid, petrol and diesel variations.

As with virtually all new cars, the latest model is bigger, with more space for passengers throughout, as well as increased boot space.

The new car goes on sale on 9 March 2019 and in the meantime, you can expect better deals on new and used versions of the outgoing 3 Series: click below to see the latest prices.

Highlights include:

  • Wider, longer, lighter than previous car
  • iPerformance model with plug-in hybrid drive available
  • New BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant featured for the first time

Key facts

2019 BMW 3 Series price from £33,610
2019 BMW 3 Series sale date 9 March 2019
2019 BMW 3 Series deliveries TBC
2019 BMW 3 Series dimensions Height: 1442mm  Length: 4709mm  Width 1827mm

 

2019 BMW 3 Series interior

The 3 Series is a favourite of company car drivers, and this new one has long distance travellers in mind. Base spec SE cars get seats designed for long-distance comfort, while the sports seats found in Sport and M Sport trim have greater adjustment in comparison to those in the old car.

There is also more shoulder room compared to the outgoing model, and the distance between the front and rear seats has been extended by 11mm, increasing legroom for rear seat occupants. There are two sets of Isofix anchor points in the rear, for securely mounting child seats.. Boot capacity is up by 36 litres to 480 litres.

2019 BMW 3 Series driving

The current 3 Series is the best-driving car in its segment, and while it’s too early to tell whether this new car will be any good, the signs look positive. It retains its rear-wheel-drive layout, except for xDrive cars that have four-wheel-drive, which usually results in sharp, responsive and accurate steering.

The new car is wider, longer, and weighs less. Less weight generally makes a car nimbler, while width adds stability. So the formula is in place for improved driving performance.

 

2019 BMW 3 Series design

The BMW 3 Series is certainly a case of evolution, rather than revolution. Up front there’s a bigger, wider grille and a full complement of bright LED headlights and foglights. Pictures also show that the powerful 330i will get twin exhausts at the rear.

 

2019 BMW 3 Series model range

From launch, there will be three models to choose from.

The entry level SE includes LED headlights with cornering light and eyebrow indicators, reversing camera, electric folding rear view mirrors, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. This entry level model also gets an 8.8-inch central instrument cluster.

The white car shown above, left, is a Sport model, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Vernasca leather seats, and driver and passenger heated seats.

The M Sport model in blue, above, coems with Sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, an anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon, updated Vernasca leather seat trims and heated front seats. The M Sport model will also feature as standard the new BMW Live Cockpit Professional with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.3-inch central instrument cluster, and those all important M Sport badges.

Customers can choose from two non-metallic colours and ten metallic shades including the brand new Portimao Blue metallic which is unique to the top-selling M Sport model.

 

2019 BMW 3 Series technology

The biggest piece of technology coming to this new 3 Series is the Intelligent Personal Assistant. This works a bit like "Hey Google", Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri and is prompted by the command “Hey BMW”.

It works in a similar way to the new Mercedes A-Class, as it learns a driver's routines and habits. For instance, it will remember if you like your heated seat on, or which radio station you tend to tune in to in the mornings.

It works colloquially too - if the driver says “Hey BMW, I’m cold” the car will adjust the temperature. BMW claims it can handle casual conversation, and cites “Hey BMW, what’s the meaning of life” as a starting point. it;s not yet known what the car's response is.

BMW’s new key technology will allow your phone to open the car too, although this will only be available for Samsung Galaxy phones for the time being.

The standard stereo features six speakers with an output of 100 watts, and there’s an optional 464-watt Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers and a digital seven-channel amplifier.

Standard-fit equipment includes rain sensors, automatic headlight activation, Bluetooth, automatic climate control and acoustic glass for the windscreen, driver and passenger side windows which dramatically reduces interior noise.

 

2019 BMW 3 Series engines

BMW's entry-level engine for the 3 Series is the best-selling 320d. It’s a 2-litre diesel, and will initially come with 190 horsepower (hp) and the option of four-wheel-drive.

On launch there will also be a 330i option, which is a 2-litre petrol engine with 258hp.

These are the models confirmed at the moment, but more variations are expected to become available next year. There will be a fully electric version named the i4, two plug-in-hybrid variants, as well as smaller petrol powered cars.

The most powerful car, badged the M3, is expect in 2020.

Model

Power

Acceleration (0-62 mph)

Top speed

Official fuel consumption

CO2 emissions

Price from

BMW 320d

190hp

7.1 sec

149mph

64.2mpg

115g/km

£33,610

BMW 320d xDrive

190hp

6.9 sec

145mph

62.8mpg

118g/km

£36,800

BMW 330i

258hp

5.8 sec

155mph

48.7mpg

132g/km

£37,660

 

 

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