It’s been a busy time for the EFTM garage, we’ve just seen off BMW’s little hatch, the 116i. Now sits probably the German’s most popular variant, the 3 series. On offer this week is the 328i Sport Line. With surprising power and that familiar BMW drive, here is a quick overview of this executive compact sedan.

BMW 328i

BMW 328i

Make: BMW Model: 328i

Variant: Sport Line

Engine / Transmission: TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine / 8-speed automatic.

Vital Stats: Power 180 kW @ 5,000 – 6,500 rpm / Torque: 350Nm @ 1,250 – 4,000 rpm

Fuel Economy: 6.3 l/ 100km

MRRP Price: $68,900 (plus on-roads)

BMW Efficient Dynamics Features:

  • Auto Start/Stop function
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Driving Experience Control incl. ECO PRO Mode
  • Electric Power Steering with Servotronic

Technical features:

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Cruise control with brake function.
  • Driver and front passenger airbags incl. occupant detector
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Park Distance Control (PDC) front and rear
  • Side airbags for driver and front passenger

Exterior features

  • Automatic tailgate opening via remote control
  • Central locking with remote control
  • Fog lights
  • HalogenHeadlights
  • LED rear lights.
  • Lights package

Options fitted to this vehicle

  • Metallic paint – $1,415
  • Interior trim, Fine Brushed Aluminium with high-gloss Black
  • accent lines – $400
  • Glass sunroof – $2,245
  • Bi-Xenon headlights incl. headlight washer system – $1577
  • Convenience telephony with extended Smartphone connectivity – $385

Sport Line Features

  • 18” light-alloy wheels
  • Ambience light switchable between orange and white
  • BMW Sport seats
  • Chrome pearl grey surrounds for centre console
  • Exclusive high gloss black exterior trim
  • Red stitch for leather steering wheel.
  • Red detailed key ring
  • Speedometer and rev counter with Red chronoscales
  • Welcome lights with switchable colour
  • “Sport”designation badge on exterior.
  • “BMW Sport” door sill finishers in Aluminium
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Electric seat adjustment for front seats incl. memory function for driver’s seat
  • Retractable front arm rest
  • Lumbar support for driver and front passenger – electric

Interior features

  • Automatic air conditioning 2-zone
  • AUX-IN connection
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 8.8”colour monitor
  • Floor mats
  • HiFi loud speaker system
  • Interior and exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function
  • Internet functionality
  • Navigation System Professional
  • On-board computer
  • Sport leather steering wheel multifunction with
  • gearshift paddles
  • 40:20:40 split folding seats

Wow Factor: Striking, sophisticated design. Brilliant engineering that can be felt, the chassis control / balance is second to none.

Most Impressive: 328i TwinPower turbo four-cylinder is a cracker. Very swift acceleration. 0 – 100km/h in just under six seconds. Sounds nice too.

Not so impressive: Ride quality over the rough stuff degenerates badly. A Mazda 6 leaves it for dead in this department. Not sure the benefits of run flats outweigh this significant downside.