2022 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

2022 BMW 3-Series (330e)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

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

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; it’s being updated for 2022, but we haven’t driven one yet.

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

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

The Tesla Model 3, the definitive electric sedan, has proven itself to be a usable daily driver.

2022 BMW 3-Series (330e)2022 BMW 3-SeriesGet Your Price2022 Audi A42022 Audi A4
#3 in Wagons
Get Your Price
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class
Get Your Price
2022 Genesis G702022 Genesis G70Get Your Price2021 Volvo S602021 Volvo S60
2021 Tesla Model 32021 Tesla Model 3
Quick Specs
7.8
The 2022 BMW 3-Series nails the sport-sedan triathlon with eye-flattening acceleration, hair-bending grip, and a lavish tech-laden cabin.
6.8
The 2022 Audi A4 is light on styling personality but scores big for its tech and overall execution.
The 2022 Mercedes C-Class pares down its lineup and plumps up with lots of screens and mild-hybrid performance.
7.0
The 2022 Genesis G70 leads with luxury trimmings and service—and its footwork has caught up to its German rivals.
7.7
The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
7.5
The 2021 Tesla Model 3 remains unrivaled, as an impressive automotive amalgam of sport sedan, efficiency leader, and technology icon.
MSRP From     
$41,450$39,900$43,550$37,775$38,950$44,990
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Electric
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
330i SedanPremium 40 TFSI quattroC 300 Sedan2.0T RWDT5 FWD MomentumStandard Range Plus RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2022 BMW 3-Series vs. 2022 Audi A42022 BMW 3-Series vs. 2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class2022 BMW 3-Series vs. 2022 Genesis G702022 BMW 3-Series vs. 2021 Volvo S602022 BMW 3-Series vs. 2021 Tesla Model 3