2007 BMW 3-Series

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$3,355 - $4,840
$32,400 - $40,800

Pros & Cons

  • Unparalleled balance and handling
  • Sports car power in a sedan
  • Outstanding active safety systems and excellent crash test performance
  • Some confusing electronic controls

Research & Ratings

Currently, the BMW 3-Series has a score of 9.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 83 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 9.2
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2007 BMW 3-Series Overview

Auto reviewers say the 2007 BMW 3-Series offers one of the most exhilarating driving experiences of any vehicle in the class. Edmunds says, "Whether your priority is an engaging driving experience, an elegant cabin environment or simply curbside prestige, this car delivers in spades." Many reviewers find fault with confusing electronics, but for BMW buyers these are small concerns next to the pleasure of putting the car through its paces. The Washington Post sums it up well when it says that the 2007 3-Series offers "ride and handling so smooth, so wonderfully responsive, you wind up driving the car for the sheer joy of driving it. Destination becomes a secondary concern."

The 2007 3-Series is part of a generation of cars that BMW redesigned in 2006, adding cleaner lines and more powerful engines. However, the 3-series' history of stellar performance goes back much further. Introduced in 1975, the 3-Series is BMW's most popular model, and like its predecessors, the 2007 BMW 3-Series is an award-winning car. Car and Driver gave the 3-Series one of its 10 Best Car awards for 2007, further claiming that "constant upgrades have kept the 3-series on our 10 Best list for a record 16 consecutive years." Edmunds named it "Most Wanted Sedan under $35,000" and Consumer Guide calls it a "Best Buy." The 3-Series also won the "World Car of the Year" award at the 2006 New York Auto Show.

The 3-Series is one of the pricier cars in the upscale midsize class, but for many buyers it's worth the extra cost. "Fully deserving of its popularity, the 2007 BMW 3-Series sets the standard for overall driving enjoyment, luxury and refinement in an entry-level luxury car. Only its high price will give you pause," explains Edmunds. Though an expensive car within its class, the BMW is not necessarily a bad investment.

IntelliChoice projects that the 328i will achieve "excellent" cost of ownership and that the 335i will achieve "better than average" cost of ownership over five years compared to others in their class. IntelliChoice also gives the sedan versions of the 328i, 328xi and 335i its "Smart Choice" award for their high retained value. The BMW 3-Series is also available as a convertible.


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