2018 BMW 330i M-Sport Review
Car Tested: 2018 BMW 330i M-Sport; Road Test No. 894
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 54.50 lakhs
The BMW 330i M-Sport looks splendid and is fast AF, offering oodles of fun!
The BMW 3-Series is one luxury sedan that is a favourite with enthusiasts. In 2016, the German automaker had launched the LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) version of the 3-Series and along with that, started offering the M-Sport variant with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. Now, the company has refreshed their line-up for the Indian market and introduced the 330i M-Sport, by plonking in a 2.0-litre petrol engine under the hood. Does the 330i make sense for performance enthusiasts? Time to find out.
Motor Quest: BMW had actually launched the 320i in India last year and it came with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and produced just 185 PS while the 330i that is now available gets a 2.0-litre engine too, but in a higher 250 HP tune.
Exteriors – There is no denying that the 3-Series looks striking and sporty in presence and yet elegant. The car upholds the traditional BMW design language with the long sculpted bonnet and short front and rear overhangs. The F30 3-series received a facelift last year and as part of the facelift, the sedan in the M-Sport guise gets LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED fog lights, LED tail-lights, 18-inch Star-spoke style alloy wheels and chrome-finished exhaust tips. Since this is the M-Sport variant, you get M badges all around the car and sharply designed front and rear bumpers. The sedan is available in Alpine White and Black Sapphire exterior colours.
Interiors – Apart from the M bits, no other changes have been made to the cabin. The dashboard is slightly tilted towards the driver and you will, of course, notice the M-Sport steering wheel and M door sill finishers. The M-Sport seats are low-set and offer stupendous comfort and support. You get a heads-up display which apart from the speed also displays radio stations, tracks and phone records. Other equipment on offer includes an 8.7-inch iDrive infotainment screen with Navigation and a sunroof. There are plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin while the rear is a bit cramped. The rear bench folds in a 40:20:40 ratio allowing for enhanced cargo-carrying possibilities. The sedan gets 480-litres of boot space. However, the 3-Series misses out on a lot of features that its rivals come with.