2019 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

2019 BMW 3-Series (330i M Sport)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Sport-sedan tastes have changed, but the BMW 3-Series has remained remarkably on-point and on its game for decades.

That has drawn challengers.

The Jaguar XE and Lexus IS are on the outside looking in, withering as consumer tastes have shifted elsewhere.

The Audi A4 is relatively aged, but offers good tech inside and conservative looks outside.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the chief rival for the 3-Series and is still handsome, with a stunning interior and perhaps better handling in its AMG versions than BMW has in its M cars.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Tesla Model 3, a car with indifferent build quality, last-generation-Mazda style, a bare-bones interior and a substandard rear seat—but one with undeniable appeal for drivers who want to be a part of the future of transportation.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 BMW 330i moves back toward the sweet spot in sport-sedan greatness, with M Sport and M editions still to come.
The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.
The 2019 Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan reminds us of the halcyon days of small four-door luxury cars.
The 2019 Lexus IS has sports sedan intentions, but it needs more underhood muscle and fresher styling to keep pace with German rivals.
Pricey and on the slighter side of mid-size, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class drops a beautiful cockpit, huge dollops of safety, and effortless AMG brilliance into the sport-sedan mix.
The 2019 Tesla Model 3 is a glimpse of the future in many ways; but it’s far from perfect.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Electric
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330i SedanPremium 40 TFSI25t RWDIS 300 F SPORT RWDC 300 SedanStandard Range RWD *Ltd Avail*
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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