Choosing a sedan in 2021 means something different than what it meant just five years ago. The simple, graceful styling of the BMW 3 Series has not dimmed, but the popularity of crossovers, even BMW crossovers has made it much more difficult for sedans of all sizes and levels of luxury to compete with the craze for crossovers.
The 2021 BMW 3 Series has a few tricks up its sleeves to pull back some of that attention and remind people why the classic sedan driving experience is still important. The 2021 model year brings with it new powertrain options for the 3 Series, including hybrid motors for unprecedented fuel efficiency for the model. Below is a chart to help those unfamiliar with the name scheme of the BMW 3 Series know what is in store for them. Each column is a model, and each row below the top row lists some of the specifications and highlights of that model.
330i and 330i xDrive
M340i and M340i xDrive
330e and 330e with xDrive
|Available xDrive All-Wheel Drive||Available xDrive All-Wheel Drive||Available xDrive All-Wheel Drive|
|255 Horsepower||382 Horsepower||288 Horsepower|
|Unleaded Gasoline||Unleaded Gasoline||Hybrid Gasoline Engine with Battery and Electric Motors|
|0-60 MPH in 5.3 Seconds with xDrive, 5.6 Seconds Without xDrive||0-60 MPH in 4.1 Seconds with xDrive, 4.4 Seconds Without xDrive||0-60 MPH in 5.7 Seconds with xDrive, 5.6 Seconds Without xDrive|
The 2021 BMW 3 Series is not the only sedan BMW makes in 2021, but it might be the most interesting with the inclusion of both BMW M and 330e versions. The 3 Series used to offer a diesel powertrain as a way to offer more fuel variety, but the future has arrived, and it brought with it a new wave of hybrid technology that replaced the diesel option. Anyone who prizes performance over all else will choose the BMW M340i or M340i with xDrive without even thinking about it, and, looking at how much horsepower those trims have, it is hard to disagree with them.
• Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
• Side-Collision Avoidance
• Active Lane Keeping Assist
• Navigation Screen Between Gauge Clusters
• Voice-Activated BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
• Frontal Collision Warning
• City Collision Mitigation
• And More!