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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Quite simply, no other entry-level luxury model can match the Bimmer's exquisite combination of athletic handling and premium ride comfort.
My only complaint has to do with something German engineers are likely not very attentive to: short people. When I scoot all the way up in the coupe to reach the clutch pedal, I find my forehead uncomfortably close to the windshield.
When you sit inside the BMW Sports Wagon you feel wrapped in a cocoon of leather and luxury. There's a soft red tint to the lights at night and when you gun the accelerator, the car filters out all of the outside sounds except the engine.
Inside you get an M sport wheel, gray gauge faces with white needles and a 335is logo, stainless pedal trim, and aluminum dash and console trim [with the 335is]. It all looks and feels pretty special, but is it worth the $7000 upcharge?
Top up, convertible offers near-coupe-like isolation. Top down, wind buffeting is minor; normal conversation is possible even at highway speeds.
With sedan, coupe, wagon, and convertible models, there's a 2011 3-Series for nearly any purpose, from focused sport touring to hauling the kids.
Up front, the seats are well-made and ample, with plenty of legroom and headroom even for taller adults. A unique seatbelt extender in the coupe makes it easy to find the front belt. The rear seats are less spacious, with both headroom and legroom compromised, particularly in the coupe and convertible.
Storage inside the cabin isn't immense, but it is sufficient. Cargo room is good in the wagon but only fair in the sedan, totaling 12 cubic feet in the trunk with the rear seats up. The coupe's trunk has a smaller opening that limits the size of items that can be stowed. With the rear seats folded down, both coupe and sedan can hold larger items. The convertible has even less space than the coupe due to the folding top.
The 2011 BMW 3-Series offers good front-passenger comfort and slightly less in the backseat, with adequate if not ample storage.