2014 BMW 3-Series Photo
/ 10
On Features
On Features
Prices can hit breathtaking levels--even without some key features--but the positive is that you can build the car you want.
9.0 out of 10
Browse BMW 3-Series inventory in your area.


FEATURES | 9 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

loaded with features hard-core drivers—the “we love our BMWs” set—never imagined
Car and Driver

he full-color head-up display works well and can be nicely configured to show whatever info you want.

An option the More Generation will surely love is a hands-free, noncontact means of unlatching and opening the trunk with a simple fore-and-aft kick under the rear bumper.
Car and Driver

For decades the 3-Series has been many different things to a wide range of people who do all have one thing in common—they enjoy to drive.

That much hasn't changed. Across sedan, wagon, and Gran Turismo hatchback forms, the 2014 BMW 3-Series lineup is offered in a wide range of models and powertrains, varying from very economical to performance-oriented. And with a long list of options and trims on offer, there are plenty of chances to add equipment and pizazz.

At the base level, there's an impressive list of features, including a moonroof, automatic climate control, dynamic cruise control, ambient lighting, and fog lamps, as well satellite radio compatibility and HD Radio. Step up to any of the 335i models and you get a few more features, including larger 18-inch alloys, power front seats, and xenon headlamps with adaptive light control. All models include Bluetooth hands-free and USB audio capabilities.

Again, the 2014 BMW 3-Series models can be dressed up in Luxury Line, Modern Line, and Sport Line guise. Each version adds $1,400, up to several thousand, to the sticker price, but in return you get some distinct trim—some of which feels like it could be from a much more expensive vehicle. An M Sport line adds special 18-inch BMW M wheels, a sport suspension, an M steering wheel, and an aerodynamic package, plus Aluminum Hexagon interior trim and an anthracite headliner. There’s also a long list of a la carte items that includes performance items like the variable sport steering and Adaptive M suspension, plus items such as rear sunshades and upgraded wheels and trim.

Dip into the options list for the 3-Series and you can raise the sticker price, easily, by thousands. Yet you'll gain items that either add luxury ambiance, performance improvements, or advanced-tech appeal. For instance, the head-up display (HUD) is especially well-placed and useful here, while heated front and rear seats, as well as a heated steering wheel and retractable headlight washers, are all part of the Cold Weather Package. A Driver Assistance Package brings Lane Departure Warning and Active Blind Spot Detection. The Park Distance Control system is part of a Parking Package, which also includes a rear-view camera and the Side and Top View camera system.

For 2014, BMW has added a new iDrive rotary controller, containing an integral touch pad, to models with navigation. The navigation system also includes real-time traffic information and 3D topographical views--a feature that can help when you're road-tripping through mountains.

Separately, there's still BMW Apps integration—enabling music streaming from Pandora and MOG, using your smartphone’s data stream—requires a $250 smartphone holder, and it’s only compatible with versions of the iPhone.

Equipment for the 3-Series Gran Turismo and the ActiveHybrid 3 is essentially the same as with the other 3-Series models. Hybrid models include as much as 335i sedans, only with a hybrid-specific display, special 18-inch Streamline alloy wheels, and there's no Sport, M Sport, or Active Cruise Control.


Prices can hit breathtaking levels--even without some key features--but the positive is that you can build the car you want.

« Prev: Safety Next: Fuel Economy / MPG »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.