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BMW 3-series – performance and 0-60mph time

All 3-series engines deliver strong performance but the M340i xDrive is seriously quick

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  • Chassis balance, punchy powertrains, interior quality and tech
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The highest performance 3-series, the M340i xDrive, offers the sort of figures that were the preserve of the previous generation M3. With 369bhp on tap it takes 4.4sec to accelerate from 0-62mph, its off the line traction aided by its standard fit xDrive all-wheel drive set up.

The 3-litre six-cylinder M340d is the quickest of the diesel lineup, with its 335bhp output allowing for a brisk 4.6sec 0-62mph time. Like the rest of the range, it comes with an eight-speed auto and comes only with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.

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The entry-level 320i makes use of the now-ubiquitous 2-litre B48 turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 181bhp for a 7.4sec 0-62mph time. The 2-litre diesel 320d sits alongside it with a similar output, and achieves a 6.9sec quoted 0-62mph time – both models come only in rear-drive form. Also utilising the same 2-litre four-cylinder petrol is the plug-in hybrid 330e, managing a 5.9sec 0-62mph time in both rear-drive and all-wheel drive forms thanks to its higher power output.

While you might expect a bit of sparkle from the 2-litre petrol unit it’s not the most characterful ’four BMW’s made and while it delivers the goods and is keen to rev for a turbo motor it’s not going to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Perhaps a manual ’box would help, but that’s not an option with this latest 3-series.

The Touring models use the same range of engines with 0-62mph times a smidgen slower than the saloons thanks to their additional weight.

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