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2012 BMW 3 Series 320i xDrive Luxury 4dr

Harry Fairbairn BMW (Inverness)
Only £16,795
£2519 deposit
£287.42 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Brake pad wear indicator warning lightCheck control system
Cruise control with brake functionDigital clock
Door/boot open warning lightLights on warning
Oil temperature gaugeOn board computer
On board diagnosticsOperation warning of all exterior lights
Outside temperature displayPush button starter
Run flat tyre indicatorService interval indicator

Entertainment

Auxiliary point for auxiliary devicesBMW professional radio/CD/MP3
CD Changer preparation 

Exterior Features

'Guide me home' headlamps2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic headlight beam throw control
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjustable door mirrorsBody colour roof mouldings
Brake force displayChrome exhaust tailpipe
Clear indicator lensesDaytime running lights
Door sill finishersDynamic brake lights
Electric front and rear windows with one touch/convenient open/close functionFront fog lights
Front ornamental grille with chrome plated kidney bars and chrome bezelGreen tinted heat insulating glass
Heated rear window with automatic switch offHeated windscreen washer jets
Rain sensor + automatic driving lights controlShark fin roof aerial

Interior Features

12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell2 x folding cupholders in instrument panel above glovebox
3 rear seat head restraints4 foldable grab handles - rear with clothes hook
4 lashing points to secure luggageAutomatic interior light soft on/soft off system
Driver and passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + slide coverDual zone automatic air conditioning
Folding front centre armrest + storageFront and rear door armrests
Front and rear velour floor matsFront door storage bins with bottle holder
Glovebox lightHeight adjustable front headrests
Indirect front interior illumination - soft-light functionIsofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gear knobLeather gear selector lever handle
Leather handbrake gripLockable glovebox
Luggage compartment lightingMulti-function controls for steering wheel
Reach + rake adjustable steering columnRear centre armrest
Rear storage compartment in multifunction centre console with sliding coverStorage compartment in rear doors
Toolkit located in luggage compartment 

Packs

Interior lights pack - 3 Series Saloon 

Safety

3 point inertia reel seatbelts + pre-tensioners on outer rear seatsABS
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash sensorDriver and passenger airbags
DSC+Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCFront and rear head airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivationFront seat side impact airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHill start assist
Rear child proof door locksSeatbelt warning
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTwin horns
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Automatic drive away locking facilityCentral locking fuel filler cap
Centre lock switchElectronic immobiliser
Key integrated remote control central lockingRemote control alarm

Technical

Drive Performance ControlElectronic differential lock

Wheels

Low rolling resistance tyresRun-flat tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)159Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1997Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)84Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90.1
Engine CodeN20B20U0Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)41.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)50.4EC Urban (mpg)32.1

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power184
Coin Descriptioni xDriveCoin SeriesLuxury
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0731DManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %84NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %78NCAP Safety Assist %86
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage30000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.4Engine Power - BHP184
Engine Power - KW135Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT199
Engine Torque - MKG28Engine Torque - NM270
Engine Torque - RPM1250Top Speed144

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R18Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel StyleMULTI SPOKE STYLE 416Wheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1434Length4624
Wheelbase2810Width1811
Width (including mirrors)2031 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)60Gross Vehicle Weight2010
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)480Max. Loading Weight540
Max. Roof Load75Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight1470
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 3 Series

If you're after a compact executive saloon, BMW's improved sixth generation 3 Series is very difficult to overlook. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

There's aren't many truly benchmark cars - but BMW's 3 Series is one of them. It sets the standard in the compact executive class and I was very keen to try the revised MK6 version. I'm not a compact executive person (well, certainly not 'compact' anyway) but models of this kind are also expected to excel at family duties too. Which was the task for my bright red 320d test car.

Practicalities

I haven't liked the look of all of BMW's most recent models, but the style of this one is definitely growing on me. The key design theme with this improved model seems to be about making the car look wider and lower than before, so BMW has revised the front and rear bumper assemblies with broader horizontal elements. The headlights have also been tinkered with, LED indicators now acting as eyebrows across the top of the light units. At the rear, the tail lamps are full-LED units with more heavily curved light bars. Take a seat at the wheel and the cabin seems quite minimalist at first, with many of the minor functions being marshalled by the iDrive controller but when I counted the number of visible buttons in my test car, it still came to nearly 60. Nevertheless, it all looks agreeably elegant and the sweep of the dashboard roll top is a good deal sleeker than the rather ungainly double-bubble shape of its predecessor. Updates are minor: a splash of chrome here and a high-gloss surface there. Other improvements include cup holders in the centre console with a sliding cover and an additional practical storage area for items such as a smartphone, positioned forward of the cup holders. The back seat isn't quite as cramped as it once was in a 3 Series but I found that it was still a pinch for three and the rear-wheel drive layout meant that some middle passengers objected to the hefty transmission tunnel that runs down the centre of the car. Still, headroom isn't too bad, although if you're anything above six foot you might find it a tad pinched. Legroom? It's no worse than t would be in a rival Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class model but the sharply ridged hard plastic cutouts in the seat backs aren't at all comfortable should your knees make contact with them. Pop the boot and you'll find 480-litres of fresh air but you will need to pay extra for the optional split/fold rear seats. The 57-litre fuel tank isn't huge but given the improvements in economy of the latest 3 Series, touring range will still be more than acceptable.

Behind the Wheel

I'm no dynamic driver, but even I can feel the thing that sets this 3 Series apart from its compact executive saloon rivals: rear wheel drive. I'd have felt it even more had my test coincided with a rainy snap, though electronic gadgetry makes rear-drive cars like this easier to control these days. Like all of the best driver's machines, this one will flatter the inexpert driver, yet has the depth of talent to reward the enthusiast. As for engines, well there are plenty of tempting options. At the bottom of the line-up, the 318i offers a 1.5-litre 3 cylinder unit borrowed from the MINI (!). Then there's the 184bhp 320i, a variant offered with rear or four wheel drive. Next up are the six cylinder variants, the 252bhp 330i and the 326bhp 340i. Diesel drivers meanwhile, get a 116bhp 316d variant at the bottom of the range. Then there's the 150bhp 318d, the 190bhp 320d, the 258bhp 330d and the 313bhp 335d. The 320d and 330d get xDrive 4WD as an option, while the 335d gets it as standard. Power is deployed through a slick six-speed manual or, if you prefer, an optional eight-speed automatic which is a gem of a gearbox. You'll end up driving it much as you would a top-drawer twin-clutch sequential manual, so responsive is it and BMW even claims it'll return better fuel economy figures than the manual box. Whichever 3 Series you choose it's hard not to be impressed with the suspension. This is a bigger car than its predecessor yet body control is better and that hasn't come at the expense of ride quality. Quite the opposite in fact. Even on big alloy wheels fitted with run-flat tyres, the latest 3 Series rides British B-roads better than it really has any right to. Audi and Mercedes might have closed the gap to the old car but this improved MK6 model sets a clear class benchmark.

Value For Money

In making the majority of the engines smaller and relying on turbocharging, BMW has increased efficiency across the board. Take the 320d I tried as an example. It'll return a combined fuel economy figure of 67.3mpg - and its emissions of 111g/km read like a misprint. Choose the special 320d EfficentDynamics Plus eco model and although power drops from 27PS to a still brisk 163PS, emissions drop to 102g/km and fuel consumption nudges up to 72.4mpg. This drops VED tax by another band and also means that on one tankful of fuel, you'll be able to travel around 900 miles between fills. This is achieved through features like the electromechanical power steering, Auto Stop-Start that's fitted to all versions, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand control of engine ancillary components and the tyres with less rolling resistance. Weight has been pared back, and aerodynamics have been improved to a figure as low as 0.26 thanks to features like the Aero Curtain which wraps the front wheels in their own cocoon of air to reduce turbulence.

Could I Live With One?

Without doubt, this improved sixth generation 3 Series has moved the game on in terms of driving dynamics whilst at the same time concentrating on improving efficiency and driving down ownership costs. It's a one-two combination that its rivals seem quite unable to respond to. Here's a BMW that makes driving fun again and does so with such frugality that you never feel guilty about enjoying the car. Were I to be shopping in this sector, I'd find it a hard package to resist.

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Representative finance example
Monthly payment£287.42
Deposit£2519
Term (months)60
Cash price£16,795
Credit amount£14,276
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£19,765.20
Fixed interest rate4.1%
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