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2013 BMW 328i M Sport Review

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 BMW 328i M Sport.

2013 BMW 328i M Sport review

2013 BMW 328i M Sport Review.

It doesn’t take too long to see that the current 3-Series BMW is the result of decades of constant improvement.

It may only be in my head but the 3-Series exudes a certain confidence in itself.

If you are like the many Australian BMW buyers who tick the box for a sports tweaked 328i then you won’t be disappointed in the new M Sport version.

Paying a premium of $5460 for the upgrades, the finished product is a terrific combination of BMW‘s renowned quality feel and sweet performance.

The M Sport package doesn’t include engine or transmission changes, what you do get however are 18”alloys, sports-tuned suspension and sporty interior and exterior highlights.

Under the bonnet of the BMW 328i M Sport is a 2.0L turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers a very generous 180kW and 250Nm to the rear wheels.

The acceleration delivered, especially in sports mode, is just delicious – 0/100km/h is reached in just under 6 seconds.

Matched to a superb eight speed automatic transmission the power delivery is smooth and, when pushed hard, really pushes you back in your seat.

Remarkably the BMW 328i M Sport uses hybrid like amounts of fuel – the combined figure is just 6.3L/100! The engine’s start/stop function is user friendly and not too intrusive.

On the road the BMW is a just a barrel of fun. With effortless grip in the corners, magnificent steering and brakes that are just breathtaking, it’s hard not to smile.

One thing though the suspension is very firm and with 45 series tyres as well you shouldn’t expect the 328i to deliver a soft ride! In fact hitting a speed-bump or pothole can be downright violent.

The external styling speaks for itself – has there ever been a better looking 3-Series?

Inside the cabin the BMW 328i M Sport also delights. The leather and other materials throughout are typically fine quality; the front seats though are perhaps a touch too skinny and the glove box and other storage areas aren’t huge.

Leg and head room is exceptionally good front and rear and the boot is huge.

Other positives in the cabin include an extremely attractive and comfortable steering wheel, great seating position with terrific visibility all round, handy feature lighting on the doors and simple but attractive gauges and driver info screen.

I was also pleased to see (or is that hear) that the radio reception was markedly better than what I experienced in the 1-Series last week.

Standard features in the BMW 328i M Sport are generous and include satellite-navigation and a sunroof.

Though if you want a reversing camera you will have to fork out an additional $796, however the standard reversing sensors do deliver an effective option.

The safety features are extensive yet an ANCAP rating is yet to be determined.

Summing it up – wow, what a lot of fun! The BMW 328i M Sport delivers spirited performance, great fuel economy and plenty of personality in a package that really is quite reasonably priced.

NUTS and BOLTS

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo petrol delivering 180kW and 350Nm

Transmission: Eight speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: 3 years

Origin: Germany

Price: From $71,360

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