The 2021 BMW 3 Series is a compact sports sedan that outdoes the competition, thanks to a long list of the most current safety and technology features, outstanding performance, and poised handling. On the inside, there’s plenty of passenger space in the handsomely appointed cabin. Buyers looking for a beautiful and powerful sedan should take a look at the 2021 BMW 3 Series at dealers like the BMW dealership near Arroyo Grande.
Two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models are new for 2021: the BMW 330e and the all-wheel-drive (AWD) 330e xDrive. Both are as much fun to drive as they are fuel-efficient. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 181 horsepower is paired with a 107-horsepower electric motor. The new PHEV 3 Series models have an electric-only range of 22 miles (the xDrive model gets 20 miles). Power comes from a lithium-ion battery under the back seat.
According to the Arroyo Grande area BMW dealer, both PHEV sedans come with BMW’s XtraBoost. This feature provides an extra 40-horsepower increase for up to 10 seconds and is only available when driving in the vehicle in Sport mode.
The 2021 BMW 3 Series is available in three trim levels, listed as 330i, M340i and 330e. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup, as is rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. Under the hood of the 330i is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The M34i is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that’s good for 385 hp and 369 lb-ft. The 330e’s plug-in hybrid system combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor. Together, this powertrain pushes out 288 hp and 310 lb-ft.
The highest fuel-economy figures for the gas engine tops off at an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/36 mpg.* The 330e delivers up to a combined 28 mpg/75 MPGe.
Rear-wheel-drive 2021 BMW 330i models come with 14-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather seating, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power moonroof, and a universal garage remote. The standard infotainment setup features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.8-inch display, navigation, and a 205-watt stereo system with 10 speakers. Safety features that come standard include automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning.
Standard features for the 330e include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, adaptive cruise control lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
Safety is important for anyone buying a new car, so buyers will be happy to learn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2021 BMW 3 Series its best rating of Good in all crash tests. The organization also named the 3 Series a Top Safety Pick model. The 2021 3 Series also picked up the highest score of five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for overall safety.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.