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2018 BMW 3 Series 320i Sedan RWD
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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
MSRP
$34,900
Invoice
$32,955
Average Price Paid
$33,370
935 listings nationwide

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2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
MSRP
$52,650
Invoice
$49,465
Average Price Paid
$49,669
584 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
Fair Price
$34,462
Good Price
$32,457
Great Price
$31,311
2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
Fair Price
$51,286
Good Price
$48,986
Great Price
$47,671

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$38,210
410 listings nationwide
21 GREAT deals
61 GOOD deals

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2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$58,743
13 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
Megan Hennessey Preview:

Few vehicles define the marriage of performance and luxury like the BMW 3 Series. For decades, it has been an attractive, precise, and upscale small car. The 2018 BMW 3 Series is avail...

2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
Michael Perkins Test Drive Review:

It’s been a while since BMW was the undisputed leader in midsize luxury sport sedans, and it’s tried to regain that title by concentrating on luxury more than sport lately. With the ad...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 8
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 10

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
30
writes:
Car is overhyped and not fun to drive and it looks bad.
Family Car Ranked 2018 Audi A4 better.
"Safety"
Value Ranked 2018 Audi A4 better.
"Power, looks, technology"
30
writes:
Bmw 330i Nice car but the kia stinger GT Hands down was a better performer
2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
30
writes:
Absolutely the best BMW 5 series car (or car in general) I have owned in the last quarter century

Specs

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
Powertrain 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
23 MPG
24 MPG
70 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
35 MPG
35 MPG
75 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.8 gal 12.1 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
180 hp @ 5,000 RPM
180 hp @ 5,000 RPM
248 hp @ 5,200 RPM
Torque
200 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
200 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11:1
11:1
10.2:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.31 in x 3.55 in
3.31 in x 3.55 in
3.23 in x 3.72 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Driver 4 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42 in 41.4 in
Back Legroom 35.1 in 36.5 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 13 cu ft 10 cu ft
Exterior
Length 182.8 in 194.6 in
Width 80 in 83.7 in
Height 56.3 in 58.4 in
Wheelbase 110.6 in 117.1 in

Available Options

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Jatoba Brown Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Platinum Silver Metallic
  • Sunset Orange Metallic

Option Packages

  • Navigation System
  • Wireless Charging
  • Burl Walnut Wood Trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome
  • Fineline Anthracite Wood Trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome
  • Brushed Aluminum Trim with High-Gloss Black Accent
  • Convenience Package
  • Premium Package
  • Sport Package
  • Track Handling Package
  • Active Blind-Spot Detection
  • Driving Assistance Package
  • Park Distance Control
  • Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Oyster, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Venetian Beige/Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Wheels: 18" x 8" Light Alloy Turbine (Style 415)
2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Almandine Brown Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Atlas Cedar Metallic
  • Azurite Black Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Bluestone Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Cashmere Silver Metallic
  • Champagne Quartz Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Imperial Blue Metallic
  • Jatoba Brown Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Rhodonite Silver Metallic

Option Packages

  • Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound System
  • Power Rear Sunshade
  • Soft-Close Automatic Doors
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Lighting Package
  • Power Tailgate
  • Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
  • Anthracite Alcantara Headliner
  • Ceramic Controls
  • Piano Finish Black Trim
  • Plum Brown Wood Trim
  • SensaTec Dashboard
  • Cold Weather Package
  • Dynamic Handling Package
  • Executive Package
  • Luxury Package
  • M Sport Package
  • M Sport Package 2
  • Premium Package
  • Premium Package 2
  • Leather Dashboard
  • M Sport Brakes
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • Driver Assistance Plus
  • Driving Assistance Package
  • Head-Up Display
  • Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
  • Park Distance Control
  • Parking Assistance Package
  • Black with Blue, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Black, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Canberra Beige/Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Caramel/Black, BMW Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Cognac, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Ivory White with Dark Coffee, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Ivory White with Dark Coffee, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Ivory White, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Ivory White, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Mocha, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Night Blue, Dakota Leather Upholstery
  • Smoke White/Black, BMW Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Tartufo, BMW Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Multi-Contour Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Luxury Seating Package
  • Wheels: 19" x 8" V-Spoke (Style 635)
  • Wheels: Front 19" x 8" and Rear 19" x 9" V-Spoke

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