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BMW 320i Sedan (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2009

The 320i is the entry-level three series but it's still a focused, driver's car in the BMW tradition.

However, it means making do with leisurely performance from its four-pot, 2.0-litre engine. It does a fair job of moving 1390 kg, but it 'builds speed' rather than accelerates briskly. For a few thousand extra, its diesel equivalent, the 320d, offers more muscle and fuel economy.

The ride on 'runflat' tyres is firm but otherwise its rear-drive chassis oozes dynamic sophistication. Standard safety features add appeal and there's plenty of optional equipment, but it's pricey.

BMW's improved i-Drive system is distracting and less intuitive than some control systems and more interior oddments stowage space is needed.

BMW 320i Sedan 2009


Driving dynamics, safety


Run flat tyres, lack of interior storage

Key features

Climate control, 16 alloys, leather upholstery, rear park sensors, rain sensing wipers and lights control, CD with USB/audio interface, power seats


ABS, dynamic and cornering brake control, stability and traction control, active headrests, six airbags including front and rear curtain bags

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model 320i Sedan
Vehicle type Medium Over $50,000
Year 2009
Price when new $54,500 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.