BMW launched petrol version of its luxury sedan BMW 320i in India with price starting at Rs 36.9 lakh (ex-showroom). The car comes with latest generation BMW Twin Power Turbo petrol engine that features agile power delivery and excellent responsiveness, even at low engine speeds. The company sells the BMW 3 Series portfolio comprising diesel engine (320d) in four variants which is locally produced in Chennai.
BMW 320i can accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in 7.3 seconds and can go to a top speed of 235 km/hr. It also comes with features like auto start-stop, brake-energy regeneration, electronic power steering.
The petrol-powered BMW 320i Prestige variant of the car is priced at Rs 36.9 lakh while the BMW 320i Luxury Line is priced at Rs 42.7 lakh.
Included in the SE package are black kidney grills, which look pretty badass no matter if you choose black or white, and a badge delete. The standard engine in every 320i is a 180 horsepower inline-4 cylinder with BMW’s Twin-Power Turbo technology. It will do 0-60 in 7.1 seconds with the automatic transmission, but you’ll want the manual to get every ounce of power out of it.
Black SensaTec seats offer good support and comfort. They’re not the finest seats ever to grace a car, but they’ll be taken out and replaced with Recaro buckets at some point. The steering wheel is very thin and is contoured on the back, so you always have a great grip. However, the SensaTec material is used on the steering wheel and makes it feel rather cheap. BMW could definitely improve the feel by using actual leather on the one piece where you have a constant physical connection to the car.
The iDrive system is much improved and is easy to use while driving. Audio, optional navigation, Bluetooth logs, and vehicle settings are controlled with the directional mouse in the center. The dash layout is very similar to previous BMWs. The back seats truly impress. The seatbacks curve toward the edges, so you almost have the feeling of a wraparound chair. Your back never contacts any hard plastics and you have plenty of head space and legroom.
The BMW comes in its three different modes. Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro modes are selected by a switch next to the iDrive controller.
Personally, I prefer driving in Sport mode because the transmission shifting is faster and it holds out the RPM higher so you always have the right amount of power.
Comfort mode is what the system defaults to when the car is started, so most will experience the car with the settings in that mode. Comfort mode doesn’t really do anything to the car except make the suspension a little less harsh over rougher surfaces.
Eco Pro mode will shut off the engine when you come to a complete stop. That reduces emissions and saves some gas. When you let off the brake, the engine comes back on seamlessly. No matter what mode you select, the 320i will offer a delightful driving experience.
BMW confirmed a Quad Turbo Diesel Engine. Read the details here.