Changes are minimal for the 2017 model year. Venetian Beige interiors are now available only with black carpeting. Optional choices include Venetian Beige and Black Dakota leather upholstery, as well as Oyster color. Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot with enhanced USB connectivity are optional.
Once again, the 320i holds a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, but a six-speed manual gearbox remains available as a no-cost option.
Like most BMWs, the 320i comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but you can opt for the xDrive all-wheel drive system instead. A 320i is the slowest-accelerating member of the 3 Series family, but also the most frugal. With rear-drive, either transmission earns an EPA fuel economy estimate of 23 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. Combined driving is estimated at 28 mpg (27 mpg with manual shift).
BMW’s Driving Dynamics Control includes Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport settings. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a premium nine-speaker sound system with HD radio. Seats are upholstered in leatherette material that BMW calls SensaTec. Wood trim is available as a $500 upgrade.