2020 BMW 3 Series – Whіlе BMW dіdn’t brіng thе аll-nеw 2020 3-Series Touring tо thіѕ уеаr’ѕ Geneva Motor Show, thе саr іѕ ѕtіll lіkеlу to be unvеіlеd ѕоmеtіmе thіѕ … – 2020 BMW 3 Series Introducing All-New BMW 330i Experience
2020 BMW 3 Series Introducing All-New BMW 330i Experience https://goo.gl/CfEMWb
That it took a long, spirited drive in the 2020 BMW 330i to truly absorb this revelation says a lot about the state of sports sedans today. After all, the 3-Series has long served as a beacon –- it’s why a lot of us are here, voraciously reading about cars, obsessing over specifications and debating handling qualities. BMW’s compact 3 has served as a benchmark machine across generations, for many the initial revelation that all cars are not created equal and that those uppity Germans were really on to something.
Those of you fortunate enough to be raised on BMWs have been in on the secret for a long time; those whose parents drove Hondas and Chevrolets were often introduced to the concept of handling balance through a friend or neighbor’s 3-Series, or the purchase of a ratty one in the used-car market. My first was a 1982 320is, aka E21, bought in the late 1980s with 135,000 miles on the clock. It was slow even for the era, but the poise and solidity of that high-mileage Bimmer left a lasting impression, just as its successors have on generations of driving fans.
But then came the stumbles. Arguments rage about the E46 generation, which went out of production in 2006, being the last true 3-Series; about its successor, known as the E90, being too emotionless and having lost some of its driving engagement, flaws only partially mitigated on the current F30. I can see arguments on both sides, but I also know the 2018 330i I drove a few months ago delivered a familiar magical balance of power and tip-toes handling with an unmistakable sense of heft. The current 3-Series still has it, even if “it” has evolved with the times. Of greater significance is that competitors like the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Genesis G70 have re-created the magic, each blending it with its own unique character.
So what does the new G20 generation BMW 3-Series bring to the table? Looming large over the proceedings is what it doesn’t: a stick shift. The absence of a manual transmission option on U.S.-market 3s — the first time that’s ever happened — is concrete evidence of the end of an era. Most buyers don’t care, and the automatic is excellent, but it’s additional evidence of a car that’s capitulating to market trends rather than leading by