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Car reviews - BMW - 3 Series - 318i sedan

Overview

BMW's iconic 3 Series has been revamped and refined, but is it still a driver's car?

29 Mar 2001

THE fourth iteration of the most popular selling BMW line - the E46 Series - is the biggest, heaviest and strongest 3 Series ever. The 1.9-litre 318i, as previously, is no powerhouse but ride and handling are upgraded, along with a larger interior, especially in the back, and ever higher levels of safety.

There are no less than eight airbags, along with further improvements to structural design. Impeccable quality and clever design abound.

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Model release date: 1 September 1998 to 1 October 2001

Did you know?

On sale here from September, 1998, this current car is the fourth generation (or fifth, if you include the 02 series) BMW 3 Series.

Previous model

BMW 3 Series E36

Released: April 1991
Ended: August 1998
Family Tree: 3 Series

Also available from 1992 as a convertible and from June 1996 as a two-door coupe, the E36 3 Series paved the way for the 316i Compact in 1995. Engine options ranged from 1.6-litre (in the Compact) and 1.8-litre 4-cylinders, to 2.0-litre, 2.3-litre, 2.5-litre and 2.8-litre six-cylinder powerplants.

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