The 2006 BMW 3 Series has been a favorite with buyers for many years in both the U.S. and Europe. This extremely well-built vehicle offers a comfortable ride and a fun drive. The premium, compact car has given a consistently good performance to generations of drivers.
Anyone can see why the 3 Series enjoys great success in the U.S., as the quality of ride seems world class, especially for the price. It doesn't matter whether you have the sport suspension or the standard suspension, as the ride always feels comfortable and suits weekend driving or daily commutes.
BMW offers a high-quality build, and this remains evident regardless of the trim or model chosen. The company always chooses quality materials and the 3 Series makes the perfect compact luxury car. Buyers can choose from several powerful and efficient engines, while the interior feels luxurious and understated, but above all comfortable and intuitive. Drivers benefit from supportive seats and clear, easy-to-read gauges. Although you may pay more for a BMW, aficionados of this make all agree it’s worth it, especially if you actually enjoy driving.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 3 Series 325i, BMW 3 Series 325xi, BMW 3 Series 330i, BMW 3 Series 330xi, BMW 3 Series 325Ci, BMW 3 Series 330Ci
This marks BMW's fifth generation of the 3 Series, and this newer generation gets slightly larger and faster than the previous ones. The new 3 Series has a better suspension and braking system, proves more powerful, and incorporates BMW’s iDrive, although it remains optional for this year.
BMWs look distinctly European, and the 2006 BMW 3 Series makes no exception. It looks sleekly styled and quite different from most other cars on the road, but it still remains a model of understated luxury. Models available this year include the 325i and the 330i sedans; the 325xi as a sedan or wagon with all-wheel drive; the 330xi as a sedan with all-wheel drive; and the 325Ci comes in a coupe and convertible body style. Slight variations in design appear between the sedan and the wagon, and between the coupe and the convertible.
The BMW 325 features a power moonroof and heated mirrors. The 330 uses a sport suspension and upgraded wheels. Optional extras include adaptive xenon headlights.
BMWs offer understated luxury, and drivers find them extremely comfortable due to supportive seats and easy-to-read analogue gauges. The interior uses only high-quality materials, and the interior looks extremely well-finished. The BMW 325 includes automatic climate control, keyless entry, and power windows as standard features. The 330 has a premium sound system. Optional extras include leather seating, active cruise control, active steering, parking sensors, and a DVD-based navigation system with iDrive.
Performance & Handling
The 3 Series sedan sells as either a 325 or 330, although both come with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine. The 325 produces 215 hp, while the 330 has a three-stage induction system and a different powertrain and exhaust system, yielding 255 hp. Most models use a standard six-speed manual transmission, except for the 325Ci, which uses a five-speed manual. The wagon, as well as the sedans, offers the option of a six-speed automatic.
BMWs offer excellent safety records, precise steering, and all-round handling. No matter what you do in a 2006 BMW 3 Series, you always feel in control and the car always hugs the roads.
The majority of the 2006 BMW 3 Series comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, front seat-mounted side airbags, and head curtain airbags that protect rear and front passengers. In government safety tests the 3 Series achieves the best potential rating for protection of passengers in side-impact and front-offset collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 3 Series 325i: 18/27 mpg city/highway
BMW 3 Series 325xi: 18/25 mpg city/highway
BMW 3 Series 330i: 18/27 mpg city/highway
BMW 3 Series 330xi: 18/25 mpg city/highway
BMW 3 Series 325Ci: 18/27 mpg city/highway
BMW 3 Series 330Ci: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Excellent driving dynamics
- High-quality interior
- High-quality materials
- Wide range of configurations
You Won't Like
- Lacks interior space
One of the best entry-level luxury cars in its class.
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