F30 BMW 316i Malaysia

  • DRIVEN: 2013 BMW 316i – offering a new level of entry

    2013 F30 BMW 316i 36

    Buying a car based on the allure of its badge isn’t a new thing. After all, the adage “you are what you drive” rings true for many people, especially in these parts of the woods. Association is key; there’s really nothing wrong with being chuffed by your ride, but it helps that everyone thinks so, or thinks highly of you by your – clever – choice of wheels, yes?

    This writer’s household hasn’t been immune to the workings of such a spell, as the other half will (happily, or unhappily, depends on how the subject is broached) attest to. Said lady has cycled through two BMW 3-Series, both entry-level models from two different generations, from new, the purchases being made under the premise of “emotional appeal.” She didn’t even test drive the second one before signing for it.

    Nothing wrong with that, even if the cars themselves weren’t quite up to living up to the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ or ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’ tags proudly emblazoned on the licence plate holders. We’ll take just one of them as an example – the E46 318i, all 118 hp and 180 Nm of it bursting out from its effervescent M43B19 1.9 litre mill. Worked alright, but hardly anywhere near being the finest 3er of that era. I had an affectionate name for it. I called it “The Slug.”

    Still, it got her to where she needed to be, and she reveled in the “emotional appeal,” so I couldn’t argue with it (or the other 3er), since the cars pressed all the right buttons for her. The same holds true for everyone who bought an entry-level 3er before the adoption of turbocharging attempted to offset snail-like behaviour – it’s what you believe in that matters.

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  • F30 BMW 316i introduced in Malaysia – RM209,800

    BMW 316i 01

    Been eyeing that F30 BMW 3 Series, but can’t quite bag the 320i? Well, here’s the one that should do the trick – it’s the entry-level 3er called the BMW 316i. The model joins the 320i, 320d Modern and 328i Luxury, as well as the recently announced 320d and 328i M Sport versions, in the line-up. There’s also the 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 in the F30 family, of course.

    It’s also the sixth model to join BMW Malaysia’s locally-assembled model range, and is equipped with a 1.6 litre turbo four-pot with 135 hp and 220 Nm for output numbers – the mill is paired to an eight-speed auto. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.2 seconds and a 210 km/h top speed.

    BMW 316i Interior

    There’s no accompanying features list, save to say that the likes of Eco Pro and a multitude of ConnectedDrive kit is on – included in the list are BMW Live and BMW TeleServices. Also on, Leather Dakota Black interior and upholstery, a 6.5-inch screen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and iDrive. The website doesn’t even list the model yet, so can’t tell you what other kit it has.

    What’s known is the exterior colour options, and Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver and Mineral Grey are on the palette list. As for pricing, the 316i is priced at RM209,800, on-the-road without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI).

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated Feb 15, 2024