Aug 01, 2007
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $57,225

Good looks with top up or down; racy 3-liter turbocharged inline 6 makes 300 hp; sturdy chassis handles both hard cornering and parking lot speed bumps. Interior free of rattles, dash controls easy to decipher. Paddle shifters wake up an otherwise soft transmission. Retractable hard top disappears quickly.


Steptronic transmission mushy when accelerating from a stop, especially in city driving. Two tall people will fit, four won’t. Top occupies nearly all of the trunk when down. At an observed 17mpg, expect to shoot the breeze with yoru gas station attendant weekly.


The 3-series still sets the bar high, and the retractable hard top give the best of both worlds-assuming you don’t need the trunk for anything but a briefcase. A decent performer, but if you want to stretch its legs, get the six-speed manual.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating

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