BMW 316i on sale in Australia in June, gets 1.6 TwinPower turbo

April 3, 2013

BMW Australia will expand the new 3 Series range by introducing a new entry-level model in June; the BMW 316i. Not to be confused with the last 316i, which was a short wheelbase hatch, the new sedan features the company’s latest TwinPower turbo engine.

Up until now the 318d has been the entry-level 3 Series, followed by the 135kW 320i petrol. The new 316i undercuts them all with the least power, however, it does offer respectable outputs.

The 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 100kW and 220Nm, allowing it to cover the 0-100km/h dash in a decent 9.2 seconds. Fuel economy, of course, is its main forte, offering an average consumption of 5.9L/100km.

Like the rest of the 3 Series range, the 316i will become available in three main trim levels; the Modern Line, Sport Line, and Luxury Line. Each presents various features and equipment accordingly.

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Standard features across the board include an on-board computer with a 6.5-inch LCD display with iDrive, parking distance control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and a Sensatec leather upholstery.

The new model will join the range in June. Full BMW 3 Series prices are a follows (excluding on-road costs):

BMW 316i – $50,900
BMW 318d – $56,400
BMW 320i – $58,600
BMW 320d – $60,900
BMW 328i – $65,900
BMW 335i – $91,400
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 – $97,700

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.