Posts Tagged ‘2012 3 series first drive’


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Here is a BMW 328i (F30) video review by Autoblog.nl. It may not be in english, but there is English captions/translations throughout the video. Includes some nice driving action and even a decent smokey burnout from the 4-cylinder (N20) equipped 328i.

Overall, they are impressed with the vehicle (no surprise) and echo the praises of most other reviews.

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EVO UK magazine’s January issue features their full review of the F30 2012 328i and 320d. Improved refinement and first-rate handling grace the review’s headline.

EVO rates the 328i a 4.5 stars and gives the 320d 4 stars (out of 5). The 328i is called an impressive machine which manages to pull off the difficult trick of improving refinement and ride quality without diluting the dynamic entertainment.

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Here it is, the first of many F30 3-series vs. competitor shootouts we’re sure to see in the coming months. As the reigning king of sports sedans, the 3-series has a reputation to uphold and automotive publications will be most interested in seeing if the new 3 series sedan can fend off its competitors.

If this first comparison review is any indication, the answer will be an emphatic YES. The F30 trounces the Mercedes Benz C Class in this first shootout comparison. Autocar was … CONTINUED

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EVO Magazine posts their preliminary first drive review of the F30 and has nothing but praise for the newest 3 series sedan, giving it a nearly perfect score.

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12.5 million – that’s all you need to know about the importance of the 3 series to BMW. Since the introduction of the first generation 3 series in 1982, BMW has sold 12.5 million units. That means every third BMW sold in 2010 was a 3 series. Unsurprisingly then, whenever a new 3 series launches, BMW knows they have to get it right. And we’re not talking about E89 Z4 right but about right in the sense of perfect.

BMW invited us over to Barcelona, Spain, to … CONTINUED

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Top Gear online takes their first drive of the F30 3 series, and like the other reviews they are impressed. So much so that they proclaim that “It’s the best car in its class. Still.”

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This video review by Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe is the most resounding endorsement for the new 2012 BMW 3 Series (F30) yet! Having tested the 328i model, he calls the new F30 3 series the best 3 series there’s ever been!

In particular, he’s very complimentary of the F30′s steering, suspension, 8 speed automatic, and overall handling. The handling is not just good as he says, but great!

View the full review inside.

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What Car? give the new 2012 BMW 3 series a full five stars, saying that it shows just how dominant the current 3 Series is that the only car the new model has to beat is its predecessor – and that it does. In short, if you’re in the market for a compact executive, this is the one to go for. It’s a “Perfect Replacement” for the E90 as they call it.

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Autoexpress rates the new 3 a full five stars. In sum, they feel that the F30 improves upon the E90 in virtually every area. “The best just got better,” as they said.

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Autocar took a two day spin in BMW Sport Line F30 320d and 328i models during BMW’s press test drive days and came away calling the F30 still just a good-looking saloon that drives rather beautifully at heart. Why? Read on…

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Automobile Magazine was also among the first group of the automotive press to drive the F30 3 series. Their verdict? They were relieved to experience that the overall character of the 3-series has been maintained in this latest form. Read on…