BMW 320i comes out on top of Motor Trend's entry level luxury sedan comparison
BMW's 320i came out on top in Motor Trends recent entry-level luxury sedan comparison. The 320i had some tough competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, Volkswagen's CC R-Line, and the Buick Regal T. The tested cars, were all in the $35k range, with the exception of the CLA250, which was a bit higher at $36,500. The 320i sported a quality ride, made good use of its power, even though it had the least of the group, and offered passengers plenty of room inside. Check out some of the 320i's highlights from the comparison.
The 320i’s cabin is minimalist and easy to embrace, and the back seat is the most accommodating of the four, with gobs of head- and legroom and trouble-free ingress and egress.
Even though the 320i came fitted with the passive M sport suspension , it rode confidently on its staggered 18-inch wheels. The BMW suspension delivers a reassuring ride that’s more adept than those of the Regal or CC at snuffing motions after the wheel impact, rather than letting the car oscillate on its own. The purest of BMW purists have harangued that the current F30 3 Series isn’t as laser-focused on handling and as rewarding a driver’s driver as the E30, E36, E46, and E90. We counter the F30 is still an admirable all-around vehicle.
Along the way, each car demonstrated ample passing power on the open road, with no one pining for more from the least-powerful 320i (its ZF eight-speed auto makes the most of the powerband) or any other contender.
In the end
First goes to the 320i, with its easygoing, composed chassis. It’s the most eager to go driving in by a long shot. Knocks against it: It’s weaker on wind-noise abatement and doesn’t come with as many features, although there are plenty of a la carte options to inflate the final price.
4th: Mercedes-Benz CLA250
3rd: Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line
2nd:Buick Regal T, was quite close to taking the top spot from the BMW
1st: BMW 320i
BMW may have to watch out for Buick, since they were nearly knocked off the top by the Regal T. Here's what Motor Trend's final take was on the Buick: The Regal, exceptionally outfitted with goodies including a heated steering wheel and AC power receptacle and boasting ride comfort for all ages. There’s no embarrassment in (inadvertently) taking it through a canyon.
Check out the full comparison from Motor Trend here!
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