2010 BMW 335i new car reviews

The 335i's updated look better matches its twin-turbo performance.

Better than: BMW 325e
But not as good as: M3
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 89.07

The BMW 3 Series has been an enthusiast favorite for decades, and the latest E90/E92-chassis cars certainly continue that tradition. Several different variants are available, with the twin-turbo 335i scratching a certain itch.

The latest 3 Series has been with us since 2005 and recently got a face-lift. The more aggressive nose features a new bumper, grille and lamps, while the rear bumper and tail lamps have been massaged a bit.

The ever-changing iDrive system has also been tweaked, as the knob is now surrounded by some small buttons. The result is a more direct path to some popular functions.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

You know, I would have given this car five stars in every department if it had a touch screen instead of iDrive. Yes, the iDrive has been improved, but there's still better input devices--like, for example, why not simply let me type out the address of the place that I'd like to visit? Using iDrive is the equivalent of sending a text message with a rotary phone.

Other than that one gripe, the 335i is still pretty freaking sweet. It's fast, it's comfortable and it's even somewhat stealthy. It's a car that could carry a family across country, fetch your parents, and tear around VIR. The 3 Series, especially when carrying some serious firepower, is still the do-it-all machine.

While the latest ones start at $40k, fortunately the 335i has been with us a for a few years now. It's probably one of the best used cars out there.

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maxx4wd
maxx4wd None
8/21/10 2:41 a.m.

I just picked up my 335i used for quite a bit less than 30K. I replaced my Evo and can't say that I miss it much...this car is a great all-around vehicle..plus once chipped and a decent set of rubber is added...the vehicle could keep up with much pricier machinery...my favorite combo.

Rupert
Rupert HalfDork
8/21/10 12:12 p.m.

Wow, a brand new BMW Bavaria! No wait Bavarias were lighter and more responsive. It's a great thing BMW has come out with the 1 series. Take away 2/3s of the silly gadgets and the 1 series is a lot like BMW 3 series cars used to be.

Now if they can just re-create the 2002!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

The BMW 3 Series has been an enthusiast favorite for decades, and the latest E90/E92-chassis cars certainly continue that tradition. Several different variants are available, with the twin-turbo 335i scratching a certain itch.

The latest 3 Series has been with us since 2005 and recently got a face-lift. The more aggressive nose features a new bumper, grille and lamps, while the rear bumper and tail lamps have been massaged a bit.

The ever-changing iDrive system has also been tweaked, as the knob is now surrounded by some small buttons. The result is a more direct path to some popular functions.

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