BMW 3 Series (2012–2019)

Model History

October 2011

BMW revealed new 3 Series

All versions of the 2012 3-Series Saloon feature Drive Performance Control as standard - a switch which allows the driver to swap between up to four driving modes, varying from sporty to extremely economical. The four modes are ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport, and Sport + (Sport + is included only on Sport models or with selected optional equipment). In ECO PRO, the throttle mapping changes so that a firmer push of the accelerator pedal is needed to extract the power that is delivered with a lighter touch in

The 2012 BMW 3-Series Saloon is fitted with electromechanical power steering which consumes no energy when the car is being driven in a straight line or in steady-state cornering. This has been achieved with no loss of the steering accuracy or precise feedback that is such an essential part of the BMW ‘ultimate driving machine’ ethos. Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance is standard on the 328i and 335i derivatives and optional on all others.

An eight-speed automatic gearbox, giving a wider spread of ratios than the former six-speed unit without taking up any more space in the engine bay, is available as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual. It is also now offered with every engine to significantly improve efficiency. For example, the new 318d automatic model now emits 22g/km less than the previous 318d automatic model. Automatic versions of the new 3-Series Saloon are also now as fuel-efficient, or more so, than their manual equivalents.

Model Price
0 – 62mph Seconds Top
speed Mph
Combined Mpg CO 2 Emissions g/km
BMW 328i Saloon £29,060 245 350 5.9 (6.1) 155* 44.1 (44.8) 149 (147)
BMW 335i Saloon £35,525 306 400 5.5 (5.5) 155* 35.8 (39.2) 186 (169)
BMW 320d Saloon £28,080 184 380 7.5 (7.6) 146 (143) 62.8 (64.2) 120 (118)
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics
£28,080 163 380 8.0 (8.1) 143 (141) 68.9 (68.9) 109 (109)

All engines in the 3-Series Saloon feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. They include a new N20B20 1,997cc four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol unit, developing 245PS and 350Nm of torque, in the 328i. It replaced the six-cylinder 3.0-litre engines in the previous 325i and 330i, with inherent advantages for weight and fuel consumption.

The 328i is one of four engines that were available at launch, three of which are familiar from the outgoing model. The other petrol engine on offer is the 3.0-litre six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit in the 335i. Demand for diesels will be catered for by an improved 2.0-litre 184PS 320d and the acclaimed 163PS 320d EfficientDynamics, which features longer gear ratios, reduced friction components and revised electronics to generate an outstanding 68.9mpg fuel consumption and just 109g/km CO2. Previously only available as a manual, the 320d EfficientDynamics is also now available with the new eight-speed automatic transmission – whilst retaining the same 109g/km emissions level.

There are 316d and 318d diesels, powered respectively by 116PS and 143PS variants of the 2.0-litre diesel engine, plus another version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This slota into the new 320i, and will be tuned to deliver 184PS and 270Nm of torque, with the same free-revving, supremely flexible character of all other BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engines.

Light-alloy wheels of at least 17 inches in diameter and shod with Run-flat tyres linked to a Tyre Puncture Warning System are now fitted to every version apart from the 320d EfficientDynamics, which has 16-inch aerodynamic alloys and non-Run-flat tyres. The rolling resistance of the tyres has been reduced by 15 per cent compared with those on the previous model, with no loss of dynamic performance.

Optional Variable Sport steering and Adaptive M Sport suspension with electronically variable dampers will also be available – both interacting seamlessly with the Drive Performance Control and adding the ‘Sport+’ mode to this switch.

The 2012 BMW 3-Series Saloon is 93mm longer than the previous model and 6mm narrower, excluding door mirrors. It also has a 50mm longer wheelbase. This has clear advantages when it comes to internal space. There is 18mm more feet entry freedom, 15mm more knee room and 8mm more headroom in the rear, while the height of the rear door and its opening angle have both been increased to make entry and exit easier. None of this is at the expense of luggage space, which has increased by 20 litres to 480 litres.

So that the passenger does not feel excluded, the iDrive controller used to access many of the car’s functions and the 6.5” display monitor which accompanies it (both standard on all models) are arranged centrally, within equal reach and view of both front occupants.

All models including ES (which is only available on 316d), received significantly enhanced levels of standard equipment, including 17-inch light alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning, Bluetooth, BMW Professional radio with 6.5-inch colour screen and iDrive, keyless starting, USB, a multi-function leather steering wheel, cruise control and automatic boot opening.

SE is available with all engines except the 335i, and adds, among other things, different alloy wheels, rear Park Distance Control, two-zone air conditioning and a rain sensor with automatic light activation, for a premium of £850. Sport and Modern versions are priced £1,000 above the equivalent SE, while the difference between SE and Luxury is £2,500.

Sport models build on the purposeful and athletic styling of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon and reflect its renowned agility and dynamic handling, through the use of both exterior and interior design cues. Sport has unique light alloy wheels, black high-gloss air intakes in redesigned bumpers and matching bars in the double-kidney grille, and a black chrome tailpipe finisher.

Red stitching adorns the sport seats and leather-rimmed sports steering wheel. The interior is in high-gloss black with a red finisher, the instrument cluster has red highlighting and there is extended and switchable interior lighting with exclusive colours, chrome rings around the climate and radio controls and ‘Sport’ insignia on the door entry sills. Sport also comes with an additional ‘Sport+’ mode on the Drive Performance Control and is available on all four-cylinder models except the 328i and 320d EfficientDynamics.

'Modern' trim provides a natural, harmonic balance of colours and textures, whilst retaining a refined and elegant character. As well as existing BMW customers, this is expected to appeal to those who have not previously considered the BMW brand. Modern is available on all engines except the 316d and 320d EfficientDynamics and replaces the high-gloss black exterior embellishments of Sport with matt chrome and has its own exclusive 17-inch light alloy wheel and bumper design.

It also has switchable interior lighting colours, the extended lighting package and matt chrome trim detailing and signature door sills. The standard seats are in part cloth and part leather, whilst there is a two-tone Oyster finish on the dash, with Dark Oyster on the instrument panel and multi-function leather steering wheel.

As befits the name, 'Luxury' models have a refined, sophisticated appearance, offer the finest quality materials and include an enhanced level of standard equipment. Luxury is available across the range apart from the 316d and 320d EfficientDynamics. Bright chrome replaces the high-gloss black of Sport models or the matt chrome of Modern, and there are exclusive 18-inch light alloy wheels as standard. Inside, the detailing is also chrome, while the upholstery is Dakota leather with an exclusive stitching pattern and the dash and door cappings are in Anthracite wood with a Pearl Chrome finisher.

'M Sport' has lowered and stiffened sports suspension, unique aerodynamic body styling and ride on 18-inch M light alloy wheels. The interior will be trimmed in Aluminium Hexagon with a Blue finisher. The sport seats will be covered with Dakota leather, and the door finishers, steering wheel and shortened gearshift will reflect the car’s position as the sportiest 3 Series Saloon model. Prices will be announced nearer the 2012 on-sale date.

Prices for the 2012 F30 3-Series started at £24,880 OTR for a 316d ES, with the increases over the previous model remaining low. The 320i increases by only £75 for example, whilst the 320d sees an increase of only £180. The 328i is £530 more expensive than the less powerful 325i in the previous range, but £2,935 cheaper than the 330i which it dramatically out-performs. In all cases since the standard specification of the car has been significantly enhanced compared to the previous model, the price rises are negated in real terms.

June 2012

Hybrid versions launched

Powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in tandem with a 40kW (55hp) electric motor, the ActiveHybrid 3 develops a combined 340PS and 450Nm of torque to deliver exceptional performance, reaching 62mph from zero in just 5.3 seconds. At speeds of up to 37mph it can travel up to 2.4 miles solely on electric power supplied by its high-performance lithium-ion battery.

With a combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km it attracts only an 18 per cent benefit-in-kind company car taxation rate. Just as practical as it economical, the ActiveHybrid 3 retains 390-litres of useable boot space. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is priced from £40,225 OTR and is available in SE, Modern, Luxury and M Sport specification.

xDrive brings the all-year-round stability and safety of four-wheel-drive to the 3 Series. Available initially on the 320i and powered by the 184hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, it costs from £27,400 OTR for a BMW 320i SE. With the six-speed manual gearbox the 320i xDrive accelerates from zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and has fuel consumption and CO 2 figures of 41.5mpg and 159g/km. The optional eight-speed automatic transmission improves economy and emissions to 43.5mpg and 152g/km while adding only a tenth of a second to the zero to 62mph time.

September 2012

BMW 320i EfficientDynamics added

This model is powered by a 184PS 1,592cc N20B16 TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, which generates 170PS and 250Nm of torque, yet delivers 53.3mpg and emits just 124g/km CO2. This efficient engine goes on to take the car from zero to 62mph in just in 7.6 seconds thanks to the suite of EfficientDynamics technologies together with an optimised engine management system, revised gear ratios and optimised aerodynamics.

As well as the 320i EfficientDynamics, the F30 BMW 3-Series Saloon now has a new entry point into ownership with the introduction of the 316i. Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, the 316i produces just 134g/km CO2 while returning 47.9mpg. These efficiencies have not compromised the performance of the car with the 316i creating 136hp with a maximum torque of 220Nm. Fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, the new BMW 316i Saloon accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 127mph.

The 316i Saloon is priced from £22,850 OTR for the 316i ES Saloon, while the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is priced from £25,730 OTR and both will be on available from November 2012.

January 2013

BMW xDrive introduced

For the first time in the UK the BMW 3 Series Touring are available with all-wheel drive.


Price from OTR


Torque Nm

Zero - 62mph Seconds

0 - 62

Top Speed Mph


CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW 320i xDrive Touring




7.6 (7.7)

140 (139)

40.9 (42.8)

160 (154)

BMW 320d xDrive Saloon




7.5 (7.4)

145 (142)

57.6 (58.9)

128 (125)

BMW 320d xDrive Touring




7.8 (7.7)

142 (138)



BMW 330d xDrive Saloon








BMW 330d xDrive Touring








BMW 120d xDrive 5-door Sports Hatch








May 2013

New 335d xDrive launched

BMW added the new all-wheel-drive 335d xDrive Saloon. Powered by a 313PS 3.0-litre six cylinder engine this vehicle also features a modified version of the BMW eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, now featuring Launch Control.

If the driver activates the DTC function incorporated in the DSC stability control, selects the S drive position in the transmission and simultaneously presses the brake and accelerator pedals as far as they will go, the car will accelerate as quickly as possible by controlling wheel slip as soon as the brake is released. The BMW 335d xDrive Saloon is on sale from 20-5-2013 and costs from £40,650 OTR.

July 2013

Business models launched

The 320i EfficientDynamics Saloon and both the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon and Touring models, all come with enhanced equipment levels.

The BMW 1 Series Business model offers Dakota leather upholstery, BMW Business Media Package and heated seats. The X1 and 3 Series Business models build on this offering a 17-inch light-alloy wheel on the X1 and an exclusive 16-inch light-alloy wheel on the 3 Series.

Business models cost £1,400 on top of the standard EfficientDynamics models, yet offer a saving of more than £1,000 on the BMW 1 Series and BMW X1 and over £1,300 on the BMW 3 Series.

May 2014

Proactive Drive for BMW eight-speed transmission

On vehicles equipped with satellite navigation, the Proactive Drive system ensures that the moment to shift gears is precisely adapted to the current driving situation. The system works even if the navigation system is not active at that given moment.

The Proactive Driving Assistant works in tandem with the navigation system and “sees” a bend or a roundabout ahead, taking into account turn-offs and motorway exits. If the vehicle is approaching a roundabout or a bend, the transmission automatically changes down to the most appropriate gear, making optimum use of the engine braking effect. Afterwards, the system again shifts to the optimal gear for accelerating out of the bend. Unnecessary gearshifts and hunting between bends are avoided through intelligent interaction with the navigation system.

May 2015

BMW 3 Series revamp announced

Revamped models on sale from July 2015. The new 3 Series Saloon and Touring models receive a subtle evolution to their front and rear styling, with new materials and highlights introduced to the interior to even further boost the sporting yet comfortable ambience.

Under the bonnet, the majority of engines are completely new and hail from the latest modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family, with standout models such as the new three-cylinder 318i, the 326hp 340i, the 99g/km 320dED and the 335d with 630Nm of torque. With further advancements to gearboxes, chassis dynamics and personalisation options, plus a huge array of advanced technology such as the new optional BMW Professional Navigation, the new BMW 3 Series is better equipped than ever before to continue the legend.

BMW Engine Codes from July 2015:

The 3-cylinder 1.2/1.5 engines are designated B38B15M0; the 4-cylinder 2.0 litre petrol engines are designated B4820A and B. The new 4-cylinder petrol engines eliminated the timing chain problems of the previous 4-cylinder 1.6 and 2.0 litre N20 engines from 2012 to 2015. The 4-cylinder diesels are designated B37 and B47. 6-cylinder diesels are designated B57.


Power ( hp)

Torque (Nm)

0 - 62mph (Seconds)

Top Speed (mph)

Combined (mpg)

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

BMW 318i B3815M0



8.9 (9.1)


52.3 (54.3)



320i B48B20A


290 (270)

7.2 (7.3)


48.7 (51.4)

134 (129)

330i B48B20B



5.9 (5.8)


43.5 (48.7)

151 (136)

340i B58B30M0



5.2 (5.1)


36.7 (41.5)

179 (159)

316d B37



10.7 (10.6)




318d B37



8.6 (8.4)

134 (132)



320d B47



7.3 (7.2)

146 (143)



320d ED B47



7.9 (7.8)

143 (140)



102 (99)

330d B57







335d B57

313 @ 4,400






Note: The figures above are for key Saloon models. Statistics for xDrive and Touring models vary slightly from those above.

Revised headlights include optional LED units with LED indicators now positioned as "eyebrows" above the headlights. These full-LED headlights, which are even more efficient than the xenon headlights offered to date, work with the optional BMW Selective Beam system. The camera-based, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant adjusts the car's lights using actuators to ensure the road is illuminated as well as possible without dazzling oncoming traffic and vehicles travelling ahead.

New exhaust tail pipes are fitted to different models depending upon engine output. The range-topping BMW 340i features individual 80mm tailpipes on the left and right, while the engines for the 320i and 320d models upwards now come with dual tailpipes, each 70mm in diameter. The tailpipe for the entry-level models measures 75mm in diameter. There is also a new range of wheels, with rims up to 19 inches in diameter available as an option, and 20-inch wheels can be selected from the Original BMW Accessories range.

Offered as an alternative to standard specification, the Sport and Luxury models place emphasis on different aspects of the new BMW 3 Series' character. The M Sport model offers additional options designed to further increase road presence and driving enjoyment.

The Luxury and M Sport models can now also be specified as an option with the Ash Grain wood panel with metal inlay. Luxury models now come with the new bi-colour 18- inch light-alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design as standard. Among the features of the M Sport model are leather upholstery, the M aerodynamic package, an M leather steering wheel, M Sport suspension, front sports seats, the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and the Driving Experience Control switch with additional Sport+ mode.

Overall, customers can choose from a total of 16 exterior colours, with new additions to the range including Mediterranean Blue metallic, Platinum Silver metallic and Jatoba metallic in addition to the Individual colour Champagne Quartz metallic. The Estoril Blue metallic shade is still reserved exclusively for M Sport models.

The BMW M3 also gains the new full-LED rear lights and updates to the interior. The latest-generation Professional Navigation system with LTE - the fastest mobile standard currently available - is standard for this model, while two new BMW Individual exterior colour shades (Smoked Topaz metallic and Champagne Quartz metallic) are available in addition to the exclusive Tanzanite Blue metallic and Azurite Schwarz metallic BMW Individual paint finishes.

The new BMW 3 Series Saloon and Touring ranges feature a total of four petrol engines and seven diesel engines. All the three-, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines, and the four-cylinder diesel units in the BMW 316d, BMW 318d and BMW 320d, are now sourced from the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and are equipped with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines exceptional performance with excellent fuel efficiency.

As an alternative to the classic BMW rear-wheel-drive set-up, the BMW 320i, 320d and 330d variants of the new BMW 3 Series model range can be ordered with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Thanks to its huge torque output, the BMW 335d is fitted with this technology as standard. BMW xDrive combines the customary advantages of all-wheel drive such as optimal power transfer to the road, excellent safety and maximum traction, with BMW's typically agile and precise handling.

The fuel-saving potential of BMW EfficientDynamics is reflected most clearly in the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Plus Saloon and Touring models, which offer up to 74.3mpg fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as low as 99km. These models are powered by a modified 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine developing maximum power of 163hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm. They feature an optimised transmission configuration, modified gear shift indicator (on models with a six-speed manual transmission), low-rolling resistance tyres, a partially masked kidney grille and lowered ride height. The 320d EfficientDynamics Plus models also offer a high level of standard specification including Business Navigation, leather upholstery and heated seats.

The new BMW 330e will offer a startling combined fuel consumption of 134.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 49g/km when it joins the range in 2016. Its state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology combines a 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine with an 80 kW electric motor. The combined output of 252hp and combined maximum torque of 420 Nm (provisional figures) give the BMW 330e a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. This model is also capable of travelling up to approximately 22-miles in all-electric mode, and therefore emits zero local emissions when used in this manner.

July 2015

New 320 ED Sport introduced

BMW is now offering a sportier look and design to the popular EfficientDynamic models of the 3 Series. Based on the recently introduced ED Plus model, the ED Sport adds the sporting design characteristics of Sport trim, to the class-leading efficiency of the 320d ED engine. Powered by the new 2.0-litre engine and available in either a six-speed manual or the class leading eight-speed automatic, the new model teams effortless performance with better than ever emissions and fuel consumption.

With an OTR price of £30,205, the 320 ED Sport comes with more standard equipment and an even greater scope for personalisation. With 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard, as well as Business Navigation, a selection of Dakota leather upholsteries, Sports steering wheel, unique trim finishers and Heated Sports Front Seats - The ED Sport provides an additional £840 of standard equipment for only £500 more than the ED Plus model. There are a wide variety of options available including a range of 18-inch or 19-inch wheels as well as the extensive range of technologies available to the rest of the 3 Series range.

February 2016

BMW 330e hybrid announced.

The plug-in hybrid technology combines an 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 65kW (88hp) electric motor. The combined output of 252hp and combined maximum torque of 420Nm give the BMW 330e Saloon a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. It offers an NEDC combined consumption of 148.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 44g/km from April 2016 at a price of £33,935 OTR after receiving a £2,500 UK government plug-in hybrid grant.

The high-voltage lithium-ion battery is located underneath the load area and boasts efficient refrigerant cooling including a highly integrated low-temperature circuit. The battery has a total capacity of 7.6 kWh, which enables an all-electric and therefore locally emission-free range of around 25 miles, perfect for city dwellers and commuters.

The integration of the high-voltage battery in the compartment under the load deck gives the BMW 330e Saloon a level load compartment floor, while use of the optional through-loading system with 40:20:40 split rear seat backrests remains unrestricted. Together with its boot capacity of 370 litres, the new BMW 330e therefore offers all the everyday practicality of a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series Saloon.

The BMW 330e Saloon is eligible for congestion charge exemption and is eligible for the Government’s Plug in Car Grant (PiCG) representing a significant saving on the purchase price. It is on sale now priced from £33,935 OTR* with the first customers getting their cars in April 2016.

May 2016

330e Saloon now part of iPerformance range

Externally, iPerformance cars are identifiable only by eDrive badges on the C-pillars, the charging point flap on the nearside front wing and, in some cases, i badges on the front wings. Customers can, however, specify iPerformance exterior styling at no additional cost. This consists of blue slats on the BMW kidney grille and blue alloy wheel hubs. Internally, iPerformance models have eDrive menus in the black panel display and, in most cases, eDrive designation on the door sills. (Reader report on 18 months with 330e on next page.)

May 2016

BMW 3 Series gets latest iDrive interface

Incorporated into the BMW Professional media system, the latest iDrive interface and enhanced connectivity provides a simpler menu navigation requiring fewer clicks to move between key sections such as map view, messages, entertainment and media and an increase in RAM to improve performance. This new system also allows the wireless integration of selected third party applications from a compatible mobile device.

In addition to the already standard Bluetooth connectivity this can be further enhanced by opting for the new Enhanced Bluetooth which alongside the upgraded BMW Professional Navigation system now includes Wireless Charging, WiFi Hotspot preparation and an additional USB socket. The new Enhanced Bluetooth with Wireless Charging is offered as standard on all BMW 6 Series and 7 Series models as well as the M3, M4, X5M and X6M.

July 2018

New eight-speed automatic gearbox for 3 Series models

First in the BMW 320i xDrive Saloon, the BMW 330i Saloon and BMW 340i Saloon will also include an automatic transmission as a standard fitting in the future.

What does a BMW 3 Series (2012 – 2019) cost?

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