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2011 BMW 335i Review


High-Performance Sports Sedan

A side view of a silver BMW 335i sedan

In short: A powerful, great-handling midsize sports sedan.

While BMW may style itself as "The Ultimate Driving Machine," this bold statement has by no means prompted the German badge to rest on its laurels. In the new BMW 335i, we can witness the automaker's tireless pursuit of perfection as it continues to improve upon the perennially popular sport sedan. Marrying clean lines with a comfortable, slightly roomier interior and a powerful new engine, the 2011 3-series is one of the better ones we've seen from BMW.

With its 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder generating a respectable 300 horsepower and 300 lb/ft of torque, the new 335i is both faster and more efficient than previous generations. Utilizing direct injection, BMW has effectively managed to eliminate turbo lag while still improving upon the traditionally poor fuel economy of turbocharged engines. As expected, the 335i's athletic inline-6 has been paired with an equally sporty suspension.

Inside, our tester was fitted with the latest in luxury technology, including in-dash navigation, satellite radio and BMW's iDrive on-board computer system. Unfortunately, while these amenities are a pleasure to have, the extras do add up quickly — at a suggested retail price $52,275, our fully-loaded tester cost over $12,000 more than the base model. Whether you opt for the Premium Package or not, we're sure you'll have a blast behind the wheel of the BMW 335i.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; 12-year rust perforation limited warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile BMW roadside assistance program

Base Price: $40,600 / As Tested: $52,275

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged DOHC 6-cylinder with direct injection and VVT
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque:300 lb-ft @ 1,200-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,600 lbs
Wheelbase: 117.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 108.7/71.5/55.9 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS; dynamic brake control; brake fade compensation
Suspension: double-pivot front; 5-link rear
Traction: dynamic stability control; traction control

Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted front side-inpact airbags; front and rear head protection system

Likes: BMW quality build

Dislikes: the price you have to pay for it

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PNW021011 (Updated: 06/28/11 NW)