There is more than a century of history and hard work behind Bayerische Motoren Werke AG -or BMW, for us, mere mortals.
Back in 1916, the German titan started as an aircraft engines manufacturer, and decades later, began forging its identity as a well-known -and one of the best- automobiles and motorcycles maker.
Then, the seventies arrived. Halfway through this decade, in 1975, BMW showed a small marvel to the world: the BMW 3 Series.
A little, cute car, armed with an array of four different four-cylinder engines, it was the smallest BMW ever built -and, so far- the one with the most comprehensive engineering.
Now, in the smartphone, digital, modern era, the 2020 BMW 3 Series keeps standing out with one of its models, the M340i, as one of the finest examples of what BMW can do.
It’s a compact luxury sport sedan that can house up to five-passengers, providing everything they need… and more. Let’s take a look.
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Under its hood, the 2020 BMW M340i has a six-cylinder engine that boasts out 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the get-go, it offers us rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional, for those who need it.
Right out of the gate, the 2020 BMW M340i is equipped with features such as simulated-leather upholstery, automatic wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, navigation system, LED headlights, a sunroof, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, a USB input, a 10-speaker audio system with HD radio, 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned brakes and suspension, and much more.
There are several of accessories contained in option packages and also, a handful of optional individual features.
Just to name a few -‘packed’ and ‘unpacked’ alike- we have heated front seats, heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring system, lane keeping assist, high performance tires, leather upholstery, and much, much more.
This is one of the sharpest cars I have driven this year. Responsive, concrete and fine handling could be an accurate description for this car. It is more than ideal for the daily commute or even for long highway road trips.
This beauty’s interior is GORGEOUS. And not only that, but also full with intuitive, practical and easy to use controls. This is upscale. This is luxury. This is BMW, that’s it.
With a plethora of optional accessories, a bunch of equipment from the get-go, and an exterior that is just as elegant and beautiful as its interior, the 2020 BMW M340i is everything -and more- than its expected from a vehicle from the Germancarmaker. Flawless design and engineering at its finest.