The 318i is based on BMW’s well-known 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Developing maximum output of 95 kW/129 hp together with180 Nm/133 lb-ft maximum torque, this power unit also ensures sporting performance of the highest calibre leaving the competition in this class far behind: Acceleration from a standstill to 0-62 mph comes in10.0 seconds, acceleration from 80-120 km/h in fourth gear takes just 10.9 seconds.
Top speed of 208 km/h or 129 mph as well as 7.3 litres average fuel consumption on 100 km (38.7 mpg Imp) are further factors speaking in favour of the “smallest” 3 Series.BMW xDrive - more than just a “normal” all-wheel-drive system
Starting now, BMW’s innovative xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available on the six-cylinder Saloon and Touring models. The driver benefits immediately from the distribution of drive power oriented to his individual demands, with the power fed to the wheels adjusting to each driving situation on the road, using information from the wheel sensors as well as data from the DSC driving control system for this purpose.
Given these benefits, xDrive is able to avoid potentially threatening driving situations right from the start, ensuring a significantly higher standard of driving safety and stability as well as superior agility and traction in the four-wheel-drive midrange segment.Extra safety when towing a trailer
The BMW 3 Series Saloon and Touring equipped with a trailer towing hook offer additional safety when pulling a trailer thanks to the latest generation of DSC Dynamic Stability control featuring anti-sway logic, that is a special system referred to as Trailer Stability Management able to detect any inclination of the trailer to sway out of control and automatically applying appropriate counter-forces.
This preventive action is taken so quickly and discreetly that the driver will generally not even notice what is happening. Indeed, it is only when this stability management is no longer sufficient to avoid the risk of the trailer swaying out of control that DSC will intervene by applying the brakes on the car.
The trailer hook itself also helps to significantly facilitate driving conditions in routine, everyday situations: All the driver has to do is press a button in the luggage compartment in order to swing the trailer hook out of the underfloor of the 3 Series. Then, once arriving at his destination, the driver just has to return the trailer hook into the underfloor of the car by pressing it down easily and conveniently.Even more sporting and dynamic with the M Sports Package
The optional M Sports Package highlights the performance-oriented qualities of the 3 Series Saloon and Touring and enables the customer to personalise his - or her - car to an even higher standard. Among other features, the M Sports Package comprises a sports suspension set-up, the Aerodynamics Package (comprising the front and rear air dam as well as the side-sills), foglamps and exclusive light-alloy wheels (17 or 18 inches) with tyres varying in size front and rear. Inside the car, the Sports Package features in particular special sports seats and the M leather steering wheel. The final features rounding off this very special highlight are aluminium trim strips in Glacier Silver, the M footrest, as well as M entry trim strips.
Benefiting from thumb support contours with special profiles, the optimised sports steering wheel now offers even better grip and at the same time allows an even more relaxed position at the wheel.
Diversity of an even higher standard: new paint, new colours and new upholstery. New paint options, colours and upholstery enhancing the already wide range of features offered by the BMW 3 Series serve to provide an even higher standard of customisation. Offering Mystic Blue, Deep Green, Barrique Red and Sonora, BMW now provides no less than four new exterior colours, plus a new cloth/leather combination in Blue.
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