Waring: Potato pics ahead.
So while my 2016 328i GT in the shop for 'variety' of issues, dealership gave me a 2019 BMW 330i loaner while the car is being serviced. It's a brand new car and I decided to do a 'impromptu' review as I just picked up an Audi S3. So, here's what I found:
-Handling has much improved over F30. It's precise and immediate. Reminds me a lot of E90...even E46
-Steering feel and feedback is vastly improved, though not at E46 level yet (which I also had)
-Plenty of power: 245hp, but merging and passing on highway is not a problem.
-Throttle response is quick, specially under sport mode.
-Interior ergonomics has improved greatly. Get the Virtual Cockpit Pro for bigger nav screen and modern looking digital gage.
-User experience is much better than F30. It's both intuitive and easy to use. iDrive be dam*ed.
-Built quality is vastly improved-now BMW can now go neck and neck with Audi and Merc in terms of materials and workmanship.
-Safety gear like Lane Keeping Assist and Frontal Collision avoidance system are standard.
-Gigantic BMW grill taken off the new 7 series. Just terrible (look at the potato pic below).
-Pleather seats really feel cheap. Even cheaper than the F30's pleather seats. Why couldn't they get Mercedes MB-tex in here?
-Virtual Cockpit Pro looks pretty cheesy and looks half-baked. BMW has a lot of work to do here.
-While interior quality has improved vastly, there are still Mitsubishi-grade cheap plastics in many places
-HVAC controls are so small, I need glasses to see them
-Driver aids are set with the most sensitive settings from the factory. Make sure to tone it down when you get the car delivered
So, I'e been enjoying the car so far. I was really angry with BMW USA for my 328i GT issues (that's for another thread), but the dealership remedied that by giving me a 330i loaner. BMW has done enough homework on G20 to not only make it more tech-savvy, but stuck to the original formula to redesign the G20 3er. This car is so good that G20 3 series might proved to be a turning point for BMW. G20 330i is fast, quick, and athletic in a way E46 used to be. Only major gripe that I had was the overly sensitive lane keeping assist system. It was so aggressive it literally 'pushed' car back into the lane a few times. Make sure to set it a the 'minimal' sensitivity so you don't run over deep potholes. In conclusion, if you are shopping for a near-luxury European sedan, put BMW 330i on the list. If you keep your options down low, you will get a quintessential German sports sedan with all the modern tech, and I dare say...a class leader.
Great job BMW. G20 330i is a fantastic car. Now fix mine right!
To start off, this is decently equipped 330i with decent amount of options, not fully loaded (it's a loaner car).
The rear 3/4 view is the absolutely stunning. The license plate belongs to the dealer. Don't try to look it up.