The 1995 BMW 3-Series is essentially BMW’s entry-level vehicle. However, the merits of the BMW brand are in full force as it offers good performance, a wide variety of standard features, and a comfortable ride to drivers. Many relatively higher-end models for other brands do not offer everything the 3-Series does. For what drivers get, it's a good value and stands out well in the competitive near-luxury market.
The 1995 BMW 3-Series' lowest-end model, the BMW 318ti hatchback, offers an excellent vehicle with only the standard equipment installed. Drivers willing to spend more money would find the other Series lines to be straight upgrades over the 3-Series in almost every regard. However, it does offer the widest model range, so it does excel in variety over the more limited Series lines.
Body Styles: sedan, coupe, convertible, hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: BMW 318i, BMW 318is, BMW 318ti, BMW 325i, BMW 325is
The 1995 BMW 3-Series adds a hatchback option, the BMW 318ti. A few additional options packages are now available.
The BMW 3-Series is a very diverse model range in terms of exterior appearance, with sedan, coupe, hatchback, and convertible options. There are some slight model variations between the body options, but the only major one is the 325i and 325is models don't come in the hatchback style. Unlike many other car models with several body options, there is a greater amount of variance between the body designs. All four body options have the classy BWM aesthetic styling, but some of the proportions are a little different. It's easy to tell all of them belong to the same model, but BMW did put a bit more effort into the body designs than simply altering the car length or removing the top.
The 1995 BMW 3-Series has a fairly decent amount of variance in the interiors. For the most part, it has a smaller interior than most of its competitors in the same price range, but it's large enough not to be cramped or uncomfortable. The 318i, 318ti, and 318is models are more typical of midrange vehicles with air-conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control, power heated mirrors, power locks, power windows, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. The 325i and 325is models are similar to near-luxury vehicles, which add leather seats, leather trim, cruise control, and power seats to the standard features.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 BMW 3-Series has good handling and performance. Both engine options provide good acceleration and a solid top speed. The actual power output is a little lower than some of its competitors, but the smaller size and lighter weight makes up for this. It also offers good handling and maneuverability, making it an easy vehicle to operate across the board.
The 1995 BMW 3-Series provides dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard features, even on the low-priced 318ti hatchback. Having both of these as standard features is more impressive compared to other 1995 models.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 3-Series, four-cylinder, automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
BMW 3-Series, four-cylinder, manual: 19/29 mpg city/highway
BMW 3-Series, six-cylinder, manual: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Good performance
- Lots of options
- Excellent standard features
You Won't Like
- Smaller cabin than competitors
A perennial favorite with lots to offer.
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