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2013 BMW 320i: Track Tested Posts: 10,006
edited September 2014 in BMW

image2013 BMW 320i: Track Tested

Track testing the 2013 BMW 320i.

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  • As much as I've always loved the 3series, I can't see paying the premium for a base 320i over the '14 Mazda3 S Grand Touring. The 328i should really start at this price point.
  • The 1-series is now what the 3-series used to be, the 3-series is what the 5-series used to be, and so on.
  • s197gts197gt Posts: 485
    usually bmw has great wheel design; especially for the sport package. those wheels do nothing for me.
  • s197gts197gt Posts: 485
    oh... i hope you guys dyno'd that car.
  • rwatsonrwatson Posts: 144
    pommah, that's exactly what I said all along. I wonder if the base1 still has the straight-6? If so, that's the BMW to get, I think. I really consider the 1 series to be the old 2002 with a lot more power.
  • duck87duck87 Posts: 649
    @rwatson: You can get the BMW 135i with the turbocharged 6. The base model 128i still has the naturally aspirated 6. Either of these cars are great (minus space issues in the back... too bad we don't get the hatch); in Michigan I've been seeing enthusiast
  • As usual crappy editing by Edmunds. Those tires are NOT all season. If you are going to post details, get them right, or don't post them.
  • cotakcotak Posts: 89
    @rwatson @duck87
    The 320i is just surprising to Americans cause you guys didn't get the 323i previously. That car's basically the 320i but without the turbo, the 0-60 times are basically the same. It's the stripper volume model BMW sells to people who wan
  • This makes the ATS 2.5 liter look like a race car. This 320i will be for those that just want the badge and that's it.
  • "$33,475"???

    For that price, I'd much rather have the Volvo S60 T5 AWD or Infiniti G37 Journey. This value thing (or lack thereof) is getting a bit absurd with BMW.
  • @cotak- You're in North America, thus you're also an "American"
    Pertaining to your other comment however; you're right, people in the U.S. are a bit spoiled and want performance and options for a solid price or they just won't consider the vehi
  • Looked at purchasing one of these and was very underwhelmed. Had a 2011 328i and was spoiled. The new 320i was slow...coarse...loud...and unbelievably cheap inside in comparison. Light steering and a sloppy ride drove me away. Shopped the competition and the S60 and TSX both were better vehicles for me (in the low $30k price range). The 320i was nearly $40k with leather/roof/cold wx!!! The S60 (with incentives) was nearly $7k less...and it blew it away. The TSX was $10k less! I ended up with the TSX...while not perfect...definitely the best bang for the buck.
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  • $35,000 for a stripped down daily driver is crazy...especially given other choices for the same price or less. That said, I sure the BMW drives well. Still its very fairly unexceptional in a very competitive marketplace. It the BMW badge is important to an owner/driver, this might be an appealing option. For almost the same price, you can get a basic, but dramatically more powerful and vastly better equipped Infiniti Q50.
  • shatnershatner Posts: 176
    As much as I've always loved the 3series, I can't see paying the premium for a base 320i over the '14 Mazda3 S Grand Touring. The 328i should really start at this price point.
    You may be the only person to have ever compared and cross shopped those 2 cars.
    A Mazda 3 and a Honda Civic are closer competition.
  • I'd rather have a Focus ST and pocket the extra money. BMW has become a mass market producer of cars for the masses. Pretension is still here but sporting is not. These are cars for those who cruise the suburbs and shopping malls, not winding mountain roads.
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