BMW 340i XDrive 3-series compact sedan sports blends provides excellent dash, more than 14 million sold in five decades. All wheel drive, xDrive magnifies traction using single computer controlled clutch to transfer power to front axle indirectly providing stability. Clutch opens at low speed and decouples front wheel from drivertrain during parking. Front axle holds 40 percent to rear holds 60 percent torque in normal driving, which can get altered instantly based on driver input, full torque can be delivered to either front or back axle. Driver's path is maintained using stability control system implying one wheel brake applications.
Our test has six speed manual along with 3.0 liter turbo six cylinder to deliver 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. 20 more horsepower than N55 produce with redline touching at 7000 rpm. Despite improved launched traction in matter of speed at times all wheel drive loses to rear wheel drive version. All wheel drive takes 4.9 seconds to 60 mph. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire provides better grip to both rear and all wheel drive version, by keeping minimal understeer limit, consumes 160 feet to stop from 70 mph.
2016 updation includes changes in rear dampers, front suspension, power steering. Body roll got improved with each 3-series-iteration.
Facility to deactivate stability control system. Agile steering response and communication to tires, engineers insisted to provide hydraulic power steering but got customer denial.
$48,795 base price, add ons as a glass sunroof, leather wrapped steering wheel , SensaTec Leatherette upholstery($1450) in seven colors, automatic high beams ($800), metallic paint($550), heated steering and heated seats ($800), driver assist ($2650), blind spot monitor and camera comes by paying extra with it, tech pack($2750) includes navigation and display. Track Handling ($1700) includes variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, dampers with three position adjustment, Michelins.
BMW 340i xDrive will remain a choice who preferrs style, fun and functionality.