2021 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 3-Series (330e)
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

You really can’t go wrong with any modern compact sports sedan, though the 3-Series’ rivals have their work cut out for themselves to keep up.

The Mercedes C-Class matches the 3-Series at every level, though it’s generally more expensive and there’s no manual transmission for the sporty C63.

The Audi A4 is beginning to gray around its temples, but it still tells a great tech story and boasts a terrific ride.

Volvo’s S60 never tries to be as sporty as the 3-Series, and that’s just fine with us.

We like its sublime style.

The Genesis G70 is a credible sports sedan with a classy interior and a competitive pricetag, though finding a dealer may still be a challenge.

And don’t forget the Tesla Model 3, the definitive electric sedan that has proven itself to be a usable daily driver.

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7.7
The flexible 2021 BMW 3-Series lineup offers something for everyone, so long as they’re not smitten with SUVs.
7.2
Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
7.7
The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
6.8
The 2021 Genesis G70 has the footwork of a contender; it’s a jab or two from landing a knockout punch on its German rivals.
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It’s not perfect, but the 2020 Tesla Model 3 has a devoted following and growing list of fans.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Electric
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
330i SedanC 300 SedanT5 FWD Momentum test2.0T RWDStandard Range RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
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Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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