BMW 3 Series Saloon | 318d Sport 4dr


BMW 3 SERIES SALOON 318d Sport 4dr
PersonalLease
£389.86Per month inc VAT
BusinessLease
£324.88Per month ex VAT
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Deal Summary

Initial Rental (Personal)

£3,508.70 inc VAT

Initial Rental (Business)

£2,923.92 ex VAT

Contract Length

47 Months

Maintenance

No

Processing fee

£199.99 ex VAT

Key Information

Leather Seats
Leather Seats
Alloy Wheels
18" Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Cruise Control
Cruise Control
Air Con
Air Con

Standard Options

BODY GLASS
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake assist
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • DSC
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Hill start assist
  • Variable torque distribution
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort sport mode
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface
DRIVER AIDS
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Cruise control with brake function speed limiter
  • Electric Power steering with Servotronic
  • Front/rear park distance control
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Auto start-stop
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW live cockpit plus
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator, front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service
  • IDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer - average speed fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Pesonal profile
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • High gloss black interior trim
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish
ENGINE
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Lightweight engineering
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB tuner
  • Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
  • Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator bottom segment in matt black
  • Body colour roof mouldings
  • Brushed aluminium inserts in the front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • High gloss black front bumper with specific design elements
  • High gloss black rear bumper with specific design elements
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Left and right split exhaust tailpipes
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Solid paint
  • T-shaped design element right and left in black high gloss
  • Visible VIN plate
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Extended LED headlights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Three zone automatic air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim front centre console armrest
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • Steering column length adjustment lever
  • Three spoke multifunction sport leather steering wheel
  • Through load system with 40/20/40 folding rear seat
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Vernasca leather upholstery
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Ambient lighting
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
PACKS
  • Connected pack plus - 3 Series Saloon
  • Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
SAFETY
  • 2 tone horn
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front sport seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
SECURITY
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Selectable automatic lock when driving away
TRANSMISSION
  • Electronic differential lock
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
WHEELS
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" V spoke light bicolour orbit grey alloy wheels - Style 780 with run flat tyres

Technical Options

EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO2: 116
  • HC: 25E
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Bore: 84
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1995
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: B47D20U1
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: COMMON RAIL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 90
  • Valve gear: DOHC
FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC: True
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 4.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 5.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 5.2
GENERAL
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: d
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 150
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.4
  • BHP: 150
  • Engine Power KW: 110
  • Engine Power RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque MKG: 32.6
  • Engine Torque NM: 320
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1500
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 140
TYRES
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style: V SPOKE STYLE 780
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height: 1435
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4709
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4
  • Wheelbase: 2851
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1827
  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 480
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 59
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2075
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 740
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1445
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 630

Reviews

BMW 3 Series Saloon 3 STYLING (75/100)

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The 3 Series has always been the heart of the BMW brand, traditionally responsible for a quarter of the company's global sales and the benchmark against which every mid-sized premium executive car measures itself. At its original launch in 2012, the sixth generation version set the bar higher still, but key competitors responded in kind, necessitating the arrival of this cleverer, more efficient facelifted version in 2015, complete with a rejuvenated range of engines, cutting-edge technology and the option of all-wheel drive. It's a strong proposition for the used market buyer.

Models

4dr Saloon / 5dr Touring Estate (318i, 320i, 330i, M3, M3 CS / 318d, 320d, 330d, 335d)

History

For over four decades, one car has dominated the segment it first invented. BMW's 3 Series established the market for sporting premium mid-sized executive cars way back in 1975 and it's been a benchmark in this sector ever since. Never though, has the competition been stronger, opposition that back in 2015, this much improved sixth generation version had to be good enough to face down. What was needed at this time was more than just a wash 'n brush-up - and we duly got just that. For a start, nearly all the powerplants on offer in this revised model were completely new, some of them real headline-makers. Like the three cylinder MINI-derived engine. The Plug-in Hybrid variant capable of nearly 135mpg. And a diesel engine able to return nearly 75mpg and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. There was stunning performance on offer too: a six cylinder 335d diesel with almost as much torque as a Lamborghini V12. And a petrol 340i variant boasting the kind of power previously limited to BMW's M3 street-racer. The changes to this updated MK6 model weren't only about performance and efficiency though. There were sharper looks and clever LED headlights, plus this car was the first in its segment to support the much faster data transmission speeds of 4G LTE as part of the class-leading smartphone connectivity that BMW knew its business buyers would want. On top of that, almost countless little tweaks were made in polishing the class-leading handling dynamics, with the classic rear wheel drive configuration joined on selected models by an xDrive 4WD option for those wanting it. On paper then, what was offered here seemed to be a very complete package - and sure enough, it sold well until the car was finally replaced in early 2019.

What You Get

The style and aesthetic proportions of a BMW 3 Series are now familiar to almost every business buyer, with classic cues like the kidney grille at the front, the sharp lines of the flanks and the powerful rear end all present and correct. So too the distinctively sculpted long bonnet and set-back passenger compartment, which combine with short front and rear overhangs and a long wheelbase to create the kind of dynamic proportions you'd expect from a BMW. In their own way, all these things are as much a hallmark of this Munich model as its famed perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Aesthetic changes were made to this improved sixth generation model though. Mind you, some of the detail tweaks - the broader side air intakes that smarten this more sculptural front bumper for example - will be difficult to spot unless you happened to own the original version of this car. Perhaps more noticeable are the LED 'eyebrows' that sit above headlights now positioned a little further apart. Take a seat up-front and if you happen to be familiar with the original version of this sixth generation 3 Series model, you might think that relatively little has changed with this post-2015-era revised version. Look at little closer though and it's clear that BMW has poured over the details here, the result being a significant lift in perceived quality - and a classier feel. The dashboard looks smarter and less plasticky and it's harder to find the kind of low-rent, shiny plastics that should have no place on a car of this price. Key areas like the control panel in the centre console are finished in high-gloss black, while chrome accents feature around the air vents, as well as on the re-designed switches provided for window and seat adjustment. You still get a proper old-school handbrake and, as usual, the low-slung driving position perfectly places you in front of a grippy three-spoke leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel. Through it can be viewed a familiar set of clear analogue dials. Everything else you might need to know has been packed into the many and varied menus of the iDrive infotainment system you view via a 6.5-inch freestanding control screen that sits on top of the dash and is operable via a circular rotary controller below the gearstick. As with direct rivals like Audi's A4 and the Mercedes C-Class, the rear of the cabin will feel rather squashed if it's asked to take three passengers, partly because the rear wheel drive layout means you have to have a hefty central transmission tunnel. As for the boot, well it's 480-litres in size - the same as you'd get in a Mercedes C-Class or an Audi A4 but around 25-litres more than is offered by a rival Jaguar XE. A folding rear backrest was optional for original buyers. Of course, if you're regularly going to be carrying bulkier cargo, you'll be wanting to find an example of the Touring estate model, which offers 495-litres with all the seats in place and 1,500-litres with the rear bench folded.

What You Pay

We'll base the values below around the saloon body style: allow £1,800 more for the Touring estate body style. Most 3 Series buyers want the 2.0-litre diesel engine. Prices for this facelifted post-2015-era MK6 model start at around £12,500 for a '15-era 318d featuring base 'SE' trim, with values rising to around £19,200 for a later '18-era car. For a 320d, prices start at around £14,800 for a '15-era car with vase 'SE' trim, with values rising to around £19,200 for a later '18-era car. If you'd prefer to look at petrol power, prices start at around £12,800 for a '15-era base 'SE'-spec model, with values rising to around £16,000 for a later '17-era car. Upgrade to a 320i and for a '15-era 'Sport' model, you're looking at around £15,000, with values rising to around £18,600 for a later '18-era car. Not much more gets you xDrive 4WD too. Whatever your choice of mainstream 3 Series engine, you might want a plusher trim level. If you want to progress from base 'SE' trim to mid-level 'Sport', think in terms of around £1,000 more. From that point, where offered, you've the choice of finding around £1,200 more for plush 'Luxury' spec or around £2,200 more for dynamic 'M Sport'-spec. There are other options if you've more to spend. What about the 330e iPerformance petrol/electric hybrid? One of those costs from around £18,300 on a '15-plate, with values rising to around £25,200 for a later '18-era car. If you're after a really powerful petrol model, the rare 340i version is priced from around £28,700 on a '17-plate, with values rising to around £31,700 for one of the last of the '18-era models. Finally, the top street-racing M3 is priced from around £32,200 on a '15-era plate, with values rising to around £48,000 for a late '18-era car.

What to Look For

Our owner survey did reveal many satisfied users of this car but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. Obviously, a fully-stamped service history is vital. This car uses complex engines and only regular and appropriate maintenance will see them go the distance. The biggest potential for financial grief down the track is the variable valve-timing mechanism (VANOS, in BMW-speak) which is vital to the engine's efficiency and performance but can suffer if that maintenance has not been observed. The tiny oilways that help make up the VANOS system can become clogged with dirty oil and this won't be cheap to put right. In fact, early-build 3-Series with the six-cylinder engine were actually recalled over VANOS issues. It seems the oil-feed line to the VANOS unit on these engines could become loose, leading to a loss of oil pressure and sending the car into 'limp-home' mode. And you won't see a tell-tale oil leak from the loose fitting, because it was an internal leak that caused the dramas. According to BMW, a lack of lubrication in the booster's vacuum pump could lead to a loss of braking assistance. The brakes would still work, but would require a much bigger push on behalf of the driver. Otherwise, it's just the usual things. Insist on a fully stamped-up service record and check the alloys for scratches and scuffs.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2015 model 320d diesel auto] Parts prices for a 3 Series from this period can be reasonable if you shop around. We trawled around the internet and found these: An air filter costs around £11-£27. An oil filter is in the £16-£33 bracket. A fuel filter is in the £16-£35 bracket. Front brake discs cost in the £70-£103 bracket, though pricier brands can cost in the £125-£135 bracket. Rear brake discs cost in the £65-£70 bracket, though pricier brands can cost in the £100 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £36-£60, though pricier brands can cost in the £90-£120 bracket for a set. A set of rear pads is around £31-£80. A headlamp is about £265. A tail lamp is about £88. A front fog lamp is about £88. A radiator can be had for around £200-£227.

On the Road

The basic formula here hasn't changed much. Front engine, rear wheel drive, and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution have defined the 3 Series to date and this one doesn't deviate too far from that script, although BMW has of late been doing rather well in this country with its growing line-up of xDrive all-wheel drive versions. But it's in standard rear- driven guise that this car really seems to shine in comparison to its mid-sized executive segment rivals. Tweaks made to the suspension and steering for the 2015 MK6 model facelift made this car even more rewarding to drive and the manual and automatic gearboxes (also revised at this time) improve your feeling of connectedness still further. As usual in models from this era, BMW included a 'Drive Performance Control' system across the range allowing you to change steering and throttle settings (plus on automatic models gearshift timings), to suit the way you want to drive. Get a car whose original owner specified the 'Adaptive M Sport suspension' and the DPC set-up will alter the damping too. Under the bonnet, much changed as part of this MK6 model's 2015-era facelift, especially in the petrol line-up that for this improved design starts with a 136bhp three cylinder 1.5-litre MINI-derived engine in the base 318i variant. Next up is an in-line four cylinder 2.0-litre powerplant, developing 184bhp in the 320i and 252bhp in the 330i. Also improved as part of this facelift package was the six cylinder 3.0-litre unit in the potent 340i, which offers 326bhp. Most original buyers though, focused on the 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel models. Their TwinPower Turbo unit comes in 116, 150, 163 or 190bhp states of tune; the 163bhp 320d ED Plus model we'd recommend is capable of up to 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and as little as 99g/km of CO2. This variant sits below a 3.0-ltre six cylinder powerplant offering either 258bhp or 313bhp in the top 330d or 335d variants.

Overall

BMW has rarely had to work as hard on a mid-term facelift as was the case with this post-2015-era 3 Series model. The exterior tweaks might be subtle, but they hide the significant engineering changes that were necessary to allow this car to keep pace with rejuvenated premium rivals that by 2015 it was having to compete against. So this revised model delivered more where more was needed - in areas like power, equipment and technology. And less where less was required - in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Beyond that, wisely, the winning formula was left largely as it was - which means that if you didn't previously fancy a 3 Series, you still might not be converted by this one. If, on the other hand, you already had it high on your shopping list and come in search of a used mid-sized premium saloon or estate from the 2015-2018 period, its much improved product and efficiency proposition will be more appealing to you than ever. If that's the case, then the class-leading rear-wheel drive handling dynamics will be merely the icing on the cake. Are there still faults here? You'd have to say that there aren't too many, provided you can afford the premium pricing and you're not looking for copious levels of boot space or rear seat accommodation: both, to be fair, are par for the course in this segment. Beyond that, the only real issues here lie in whether the original owner managed to get the spec of his or her car right. If you find a 3 Series on which too many boxes were ticked, it might be a touch pricey. If on the other hand, you find a more reasonably priced one on which the wrong ones were ticked - for things like the vague 'Variable Sport' steering or the super-stiff non-Adaptive M Sport suspension - then to some extent, those all-important driving dynamics will have been damaged. The latter issue is one you really want to avoid, given that exemplary handling is still the most compelling argument for this car. In a world where driving can so often be such a mechanical, joyless activity, this BMW remains involving in a way its competitors are struggling to match. In that respect at least, this version remains a benchmark for its period.

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