New look and engines for 3-series coupe and cabrio

January 19, 2010 | By | In Buying Guides

BMW gives its two-door cars a fresh look, while the 3-series saloon gets cleanest engine yet. BMW has given its 3-series Coupe and Cabrio a mid-life refresh. Both cars get new front and rear lights, while there are new versions of the classic BMW ‘kidney’ grille and a new front air dam, too. There’s also a new twisted chrome band around the grille and LED corona rings around the lights. The air dam now carries a single air intake embellished with matt aluminium fins.

At the back, the bumper is restyled and the light clusters include LED bars. The cars also get new alloy wheel designs plus optional 18in alloys. All cars get leather-clad cabins as standard and they’re available in new paint colours: vermillion red, deep sea blue and mineral white.

The M Sport variants of these cars account for two-thirds of UK sales and these get a revised front spoiler and new 19in alloy wheels.

A new version of the 320d four-cylinder is available in both cars. This has more power – up by 7bhp to 184bhp – and this makes it 0.4secs quicker than before in the 0 to 60mph sprint, which now takes 7.5secs. Even so, fuel economy improves by 1.2mpg to 60.1mpg while CO2 emissions reduce by 3g/km to 125 (these figures are for the coupe).

The 325d and 335i also see similar improvements in power, economy and emissions.

Meanwhile, the most efficient diesel-engined 3-series saloon yet gs on sale. The 320d efficient Dynamics four-door produces 163bhp and reaches 62mph from a standstill in just 8.0secs, yet can also return a best overall economy figure of 68.9mpg. Meanwhile, its emissions level runs at 109g/km – low enough to qualify for £35 per year road tax.

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