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The 2010 BMW 3-Series offers high-quality materials, impeccable build, and a quiet, comfortable cabin.
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Not much interior storage space

Headroom and legroom are good for all but the tallest drivers

Materials are upgraded
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The front seats of the BMW 3-Series offers excellent space, even for tall riders, but the rear seats are less accommodating. TheCarConnection.com's research reveals that the sedan can be tight, and the smaller rear seats of the coupe and convertible are best reserved only for short distances. Up front, ConsumerGuide reports that "headroom and legroom are good for all but the tallest drivers," while the BMW 3-Series' "seats have excellent bolstering to secure occupants through turns." However, Edmunds cautions that "the rear seats are adequately roomy for adults on shorter trips," though "taller passengers will wish for more headroom," and most adults will take exception to riding in the rear for any length of time. Cars.com finds that "sedans and wagons can hold five occupants, while coupes...seat four."

As a practical daily driver, the 2010 BMW 3-Series excels in many categories, but the coupe struggles when it comes to cargo capacity. Split folding rear seats are an option on the sedan, but they make the most of its trunk. Cars.com says that, without the seats folded, "the sedan's trunk capacity is 12 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide cautions that the "coupe's small aperture won't swallow large packages, but its standard split folding rear seatbacks expand space." Clever seatbelt extenders eliminate the awkward reach in the coupe, and despite admirable solidity, the long doors avoid being too heavy or unwieldy. On all three versions-coupe, sedan, and wagon-Edmunds reports that there is "not much interior storage space," but the wagon understandably excels in terms of rear storage.

BMW has always been regarded as a luxury brand, and the interior materials and build quality of the BMW 3-Series definitely reflect that reputation. Interior noise is admirably suppressed, and the build quality, interior materials, and switchgear operation are first-class. Edmunds notes that "materials and build quality are exceptional" on the 2010 BMW 3-Series, and ConsumerGuide reviewers find that the "cabin materials have a sturdy, soft-touch feel." They have been "upgraded" compared to the high standard of the previous 3-Series, says Car and Driver. ConsumerGuide also highlights the build quality, commenting that the "bodies exhibit ingot-solid construction."

Build quality can easily be tested by taking any vehicle for a drive to see what sorts of road and wind noise intrude into the cabin. Car and Driver finds that "the interior is well isolated," and you'll have to strain your ears to pick up much from inside a BMW 2010 3-Series. ConsumerGuide adds, "tire noise is subdued," although they report that "wind rush is evident at highway speeds."


The 2010 BMW 3-Series offers high-quality materials, impeccable build, and a quiet, comfortable cabin.

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