[YesAuto Evaluation] Many car enthusiasts regret the substantial increase in the wheelbase of the domestically produced BMW 3 Series, thinking that this is an act of compromising to the market. In fact, as a commodity, there is nothing wrong with compromising to the market. Besides, I believe that the manufacturer is This has been tangled for a long time. The only uncomfortable thing is that the long-wheelbase version currently seems to only appear in China, as if it is difficult for us to serve. However, consumers who like the classic taste can still buy the standard wheelbase 3 series, the pure imported version.
The full name of the test model is the 2013 BMW 328i sports design package. The complex name explains its positioning. Looking at the domestic 3 series, none of them mentions the word “sports” in the name. It seems that the responsibility of defending the brand's spirit falls entirely on the imported version.
BMW 3 Series (Imported) 2013 Model 328i Sport Design Package
The wheelbase of the imported BMW 328i is 2810mm, which is 110mm less than the long-wheelbase version. The overall length of the car is also shortened accordingly to only 4624mm. This is the only difference between the two in terms of body size. In addition to the width and height Same as the long wheelbase version, they are 1811mm and 1455mm respectively.
110 mm is not much, equivalent to the length of an Apple iPhone4 mobile phone, but for the wheelbase of a car it means two different model levels. There is no doubt that the BMW 3 Series with a standard wheelbase must look more beautiful, and the well-proportioned figure is very attractive.
In terms of detailed design, the 328i uses as few shiny chrome materials as possible. The front grille, door frame, rear-view mirror, and rear surround trim strips are all black. Matched with the “Melbourne Red” of the test car, the visual effect is very good.
The domestically produced long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series tries to show a luxurious and stable look, while the imported version of the 328i is the opposite, focusing on creating a sporty atmosphere and reflecting clear positioning differences.
The interior is dominated by dark colors, decorated with piano paint panels, without too prominent wood grain decoration. An eye-catching red matt decorative strip spans the entire center console, as perpetually as the main idea of the article. In the domestic version of the 3 series, this line is often made of bright silver.
In terms of configuration, the imported BMW 328i is not low cost-effective, and can even compete with domestic models. Compared with the domestic 328Li fashion model, it has more steering wheel shift paddles, navigation, DVD, automatic anti-glare exterior mirrors, dual-zone independent air conditioning and rear exhaust vents. The only missing configuration is the rear window sunshade, and the guide price is only The latter is less than 10,000 yuan more expensive.
The black leather seat uses red stitching. In addition to the manual adjustment of the seat cushion length, the seat angle, lumbar support and side wrapping are all electrically controlled, and have two sets of memory functions. In addition, there are red seats and door panels to choose from. There are other hidden options in the configuration of the BMW 3 Series. Consumers who like personality should ask carefully before buying.
Objectively speaking, the space inside the 328i is really tight. Sitting in the back seat, you can't do as you want in the domestic long-wheelbase version, so it is best to pay attention to sitting posture, as long as you sit upright, I dare to say that the leg room is still quite ample.
Today's BMW 320i and 328i are equipped with newly developed N20 series 2.0T engines, using in-cylinder direct injection and Double VANOS/Valvetronic technology. It classifies models according to different adjustments. The N20B20A engine on the 328i is a high-power version, with a maximum power of 180 kW (245 horsepower)/5000-6500rpm and a maximum torque of 350 N·m/1250-4800rpm. The parameters are lower than those of the 320i. The power version of the engine has increased by 45 kilowatts and 80 Nm. For more details about the N20 engine, please click here to enter the technical details article.
The transmission system is a familiar 8-speed automated manual gearbox. It is equipped from the flagship BMW 7 Series to the entry-level BMW 1 Series. It is said that this automatic gearbox only needs 200 milliseconds to perform a shift. It also has the magical ability to jump directly from 8-speed to 2-speed, which makes those “seamless shifting” dual-clutch gearboxes so embarrassing.
The engine can burst out the maximum torque at 1250rpm, which sounds a bit exaggerated. The benefits of this adjustment method are obvious: the gearbox no longer needs to downshift frequently when accelerating, making it more relaxed. Of course, the role of turbocharging is not as exciting as imagined, the daily driving style is calm, and the gearbox shifts delicately, creating a relatively relaxed atmosphere.
Select the driving mode to SPORT, and the car begins to fully release its power. The engine becomes particularly active in the high-speed range above 3000rpm, the throttle responds quickly and directly, the gearbox is no longer gentle, and the shifting process reveals a vigorous breath, and the continuous push back feel is enough to stimulate. The only regret is that I can no longer hear the high-pitched exhaust sound of that N52 series inline 6-cylinder engine.
As we mentioned in our previous article on testing the domestically-made extended version of the 3 Series, now you don’t have to work hard or hold the steering wheel in cruising. The electric power steering system makes the vehicle easier to control, but it’s for driving pleasure. It is a step backward, it weakens a little mechanical texture.
Fortunately, the actual situation is not so bad. It just learned how to hide its true strength. When you try to manipulate fiercely, the resilience of the feedback immediately appears, the head of the car is still accurate, and the pure style in the impression is back. It Follow your instructions faithfully.
The suspension of the new 3 Series is not as soft as the domestic BMW 5 Series, it retains the sporting potential. The imported BMW 328i has harder springs and very clear feedback on road vibrations. Especially in the winding piles, you can deeply appreciate the bravery of the chassis: the body is extremely compact, the lateral support is solid, the dynamic response is sensitive, and the cornering trajectory is sharp. People are having fun.
Finally, let us take a look at the test results of this car.
◆ 0-100km/h acceleration performance test:
Turn off the traction control system, the rear wheels slipped noticeably at the start, and you don’t need to control the throttle. The tires quickly automatically restored the grip and the vehicle began to sprint at full force. In the end, the 0-100km/h acceleration time of this car was 5.89 seconds, surpassing the official 6.1 seconds. The 245 horsepower can achieve such an eye-catching result is absolutely unexpected.
◆ 100-0km/h brake performance test:
When braking at full force, the body leans forward obviously and the posture is normal. The test results are also surprising. The average braking performance is only 36.68 meters. The actual test results are better than the performance-focused BMW 1 Series M (37.28 meters) and M135i (37.51 meters). It is even close to the 2009 BMW M3. We have to do that. The result is 36.6 meters.
◆ Fuel consumption test:
Most of the mileage in the fuel consumption test was urban roads under normal road conditions. The driving mode was COMFORT comfort mode and the automatic start-stop system was turned on. We drove a total of 201.5 kilometers, with an average speed of about 30km/h, and consumed a total of 17.78 liters of fuel and an average fuel consumption of 8.82. Liter/100km, this result is in line with the mainstream level of 2.0T medium-sized cars on the market, and it saves a lot of fuel than the old 6-cylinder naturally aspirated engine.
Reasonable fuel consumption reference values (non-rigid indicators) given by us for each class of models
Purely economical minicars: no more than 7 liters/100 kilometers
Small car/hybrid: no more than 8 liters/100 kilometers
Compact/light SUV: no more than 10 liters/100 kilometers
Medium-sized car/medium-sized SUV: no more than 12 liters/100 kilometers
Other models: no more than 15 liters/100 kilometers
We will not consider the issue of the long-wheelbase version for the time being, and simply look at the progress of this generation of 3 Series from the imported BMW 328i. First of all, it is undoubtedly the power system. The new 2.0T engine can take care of daily use and is good at outputting high power. The actual test results prove that the acceleration performance of the 328i is not inferior to the old 330i, and the fuel economy is also greatly improved over the N52 naturally aspirated engine, which is a comprehensive improvement.
The changes in the chassis make people feel complicated. Comfort and exercise are difficult to reconcile contradictions. If you want to be gentle, you have to sacrifice fun. The new 3 Series does have this tendency. But objectively speaking, this 328i is very cautious about the pursuit of comfort. In essence, it inherits the consistent excellent handling. It never disappoints you when you need it. BMW always knows how to make people excited. You can rest assured about it. .
Although the appearance of the long-wheelbase version has subverted the original image of the 3 Series, BMW is quite wise this time. It sells the two wheelbase versions of the 3 Series together at similar prices, so that everyone can get what they need: drive. Faithful fans of the experience choose the standard wheelbase version; consumers who like BMW's brand and quality, but pay more attention to practicality, buy the long wheelbase version. The 110 mm gap determines two different mentalities, which are very subtle.
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