When you crave for an entry-level luxury sedan with robust torque, impressive agility and first-rate seats inside the cabin, go for the three-letter initials of B-M-W. Specifically, we’re talking about the 2015 BMW 335i xDrive.
Exterior and Interior
There’s little –if none—for upgrading the exterior of our beloved BMW sedan. Same proportions and same classy attractiveness as expected for luxury vehicles. As for the interior, you get to meet a roomy cabin with upholstered leather for the Sports seats (Dakota Coral red– $1, 450). It is also integrated with the iDrive system perfect for the sole purpose of being an assistant for modern motorists.
For body paint, you can opt for the Melbourne Red metallic paint at the cost of $550. Other customizations include red leather ($1450), cold weather package ($950), navigation ($2150), driver-assistance package ($950) and the Harman/Kardon audio set ($875).
Engine, Transmission and Price
However, many are still torn on debate whether the 3.0L inline-6 or the whole powertrain contains the dynamics for reliability and efficiency. The peak of the horsepower comes at 5,800rpm making the powertrain questionable despite the healthy torque it gives.
Fortunately the 8-speed Steptronicautomatic transmission makes up for the problem. It swiftly matches the proper gear for the engine to rpm and its response to the manual mode is quite healthy.
- Engine : 3.0L 6-cylinder Turbo
- Transmission : 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : AWD
- Power : 300hp
- Torque : 300 lb.-ft.
- Mileage : (city) 20 MPG; (highway) 30 MPG
- Price : starting at $46,450 to $58,170 (as tested)