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Best Family Luxury Coupes: BMW 3-Series Page 2


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Technology

Want technology? The 2011 BMW 3-Series coupe delivers with optional Harman/Kardon surround sound system with 10 speakers (four tweeters, four mid-range speakers and two bass speakers located under the front seats) and equalizing 300-watt amplifier, smartphone integration, iPod adapter, enhanced emergency call. There’s also BMW Assist My Info  to send destination information from Google maps right to the control display.

Navigation system with iDrive and real-time traffic information is optional.

Safety

Standard safety equipment in the 2011 BMW 3-Series coupe includes electronic stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, four-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with dynamic brake control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), adaptive brake lights, driver and passenger front airbags, seat-mounted front side-impact airbags and run-flat tires. In the case of a crash, BMW’s crash sensor activates battery safety terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from the battery, automatically unlocks the doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights.

Safety options (which may be standalone or part of a package) include park distance control (front and rear), automatic high beams, anti-theft alarm system, BMW Assist with Bluetooth, active cruise control. 

Summing Up

If you want a driver’s car that functions well as a family conveyance, you can’t go wrong with the 2011 BMW 3-Series coupe. It’s not the soft ride you’re after, but a performance machine that acquits itself well on-road or at the track. Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, or performance 335is – what’s not to like? With base prices ranging from $36,700 to $50,150, there’s surely a BMW 3-Series coupe to fit as a major player in most any family looking for a luxury coupe.


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