BMW’s 330d gulps distance, not fuel and, no, it’s not a fairy ...


BMW’s 330d gulps distance, not fuel and, no, it’s not a fairy tale

It’s an executive sports sedan with the thirst of a small hatchback

Dennis Droppa

Having notched up more than 15 million sales in just more than 40 years, the 3 Series sedan is BMW’s most successful model and, not wishing to fix what ain’t broken, the company has spared the car from the recent experimentation with controversial, ultra-sized kidney grilles.

The seventh-generation 3 Series (internally dubbed the G20) arrived last year with styling that was a gentle evolution of its predecessor, leaving its more recently launched 4 Series coupé cousin to garner all the love-hate attention with its fearless design.

Without getting nearly as daring as the bucktoothed air intakes on the new 4 Series, the 3 Series grille does get the regulation corporate upsizing. The dual intakes now extend all the way to the headlights, giving the sedan a wider and more pressed-down look than its predecessor...

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