2011 BMW 3-Series Wagon
The most practical of the 3-series family delivers the same dynamic excellence as the sedan. The steering, poise, and handling are nearly unparalleled in any vehicle, much less other wagons. All-wheel drive is optional, but the twin-turbo six and turbo-diesel unfortunately are not. original article read full article
BMW 3-Series Wagon (2011)
The BMW 328i delivers a special mix of sporting performance, practicality and European luxury in a compact package. It’s the car that defines ‘sport sedan,’ and the benchmark every luxury car maker from Acura to Volvo aims at when it develops an entry-level luxury sport sedan. The rear-wheel drive 328i is available in coupe, sedan, wagon and cabriolet bodies, while the xDrive all-wheel drive system is available in coupe, sedan and wagon only. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that puts out 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all variations, with a six-speed automatic transmission optional. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability control, active anti-whiplash head restraints, as well as automatic pop-up roll-over protection on the convertible. For 2011, the 328i sedan and wagon are unchanged, but the coupe and cabriolet have received a mid-cycle refresh with new front and rear fascias and lights. BMW, along with a rapidly diminishing handful of other European automakers, continues to prove year after year that there is a small niche in the United States for smaller, performance-oriented cargo haulers. Don’t call them station wagons, even though that’s what they are — BMW calls them Sport Wagons.
Offered in 328i or 328i xDrive guise, the latter indicating BMW’s sophisticated xDrive mechanism, the BMW wagons slot below the midsize 535i xDrive in the automaker’s North American lineup.
Until the latest model was introduced, BMW hasn’t often offered a 3-Series wagon in the United States, despite the fact that the automaker has long sold a cargo-hauling version of its best-seller in it home European market. Introduced to small success with the previous-generation E46 3-Series, the E90, as the current model is called in BMW’s coding, is only the second 3-Series wagon to be officially imported. Naturally, cargo space is up substantially over the standard sedans, coupes and convertibles that make up the rest of the fifth-generation BMW 3-Series lineup. With the rear seats folded, the 328i wagon can accommodate about 60 cubic feet of cargo, compared to the 12 cubic feet the sedan’s trunk will hold. The only available engine on both is the automaker’s otherwise entry-level (on sedans, coupes and convertibles) 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, which puts out 230 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 200 lb-ft. of torque at 2,750 rpm. It mates to either a six-speed automatic, with optional paddle shifters, or a conventional six-speed manual transmission.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive is programmed with a rear-axle bias in order to retain the traditional rear-wheel-drive feel of a BMW, though power can be apportioned to the front wheels rapidly when slip is detected.
Though most of the recent changes to the 3-Series were merely cosmetic enhancements, including a revised front fascia and new LED tail lamps, the optional iDrive system was thoroughly revamped with a new menu setup, faster processor and higher-resolution screen. The only change of note to the interior was a revised starter button design.