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2020 BMW 330i Review | CarMax

The BMW 3 Series combines powerful performance and pure athleticism into a sports sedan that you're sure to find exhilarating to drive and comfortable too. With room for you and four others, the 2020 330i model is a great option if you're looking for passenger space and abundant cargo capacity. This model is also chock-full of premium standard features for a luxurious on-road experience, whether commuting to a meeting or seeking solitude on the open road.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 BMW 330i review:

Key Specs and Features:


  • The 2020 BMW 330i with rear-wheel drive, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.1
  • The 2020 BMW 330i xDrive with all-wheel drive, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

  • 17 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk

Seating Capacity:

  • Seating for five passengers

Engine Options:

  • The sole engine choice for the 2020 BMW 330i is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • iDrive system with 8.8-inch touchscreen display
  • Live Cockpit Plus with navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity, and two USB ports
  • Apple CarPlay® compatibility
  • Active Guard with Frontal Collison Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure warning
  • BMW Assist eCall™2

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Energetic Powertrain

If you're looking for a sporty sedan to help liven up your commute, you'll love the 2020 BMW 330i's energetic performance. Anchoring the 2020 330i is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that generates 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive comes standard or you can opt for BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system for more precision on less-cooperative driving conditions. This luxury sedan is incredibly fast off the line, too, reaching 60 mph in an estimated 5.6 seconds with rear-wheel drive. A sharp-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth performance or you can use the standard steering wheel paddle shifters to feel more engaged with the road.

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2. Luxurious Interior Features

The 2020 BMW 3 Series' interior features a modern design and luxurious amenities to help you feel at home while on the road. The standard front sport seats are well-bolstered and supportive, plus they offer 14-way power adjustments, so it's easy to get comfortable. Supple leatherette upholstery comes standard in the 2020 330i, or you can choose rich Vernasca leather as an option. Up above, a standard two-way power glass moonroof fills the cabin with natural light and includes a sunshade with one-touch operation. If you're an audiophile, you'll love the crisp, clean sound that comes from the 10-speaker hi-fi sound system while you enjoy your playlists as you drive.

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3. Plentiful Space

The BMW 3 Series is a five-passenger compact luxury sport sedan—but, don't let the word compact hold you back. With a wheelbase spanning 112.2 inches long, this 2020 sedan offers lots of space, especially in the rear seat with 37.6 inches of headroom and 35.2 inches of legroom. With 17 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2020 330i has incredible cargo-carrying abilities for a sedan. It can swallow up three larger suitcases or easily carry your golf clubs for a day on the greens. The 2020 330i also includes standard 40/20/40-split fold-down rear seats to pack longer items, like skis or a snowboard.

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4. Advanced Connectivity

Staying connected, whether with the office, family, or friends, is easy in the 2020 BMW 330i thanks to its advanced connectivity features. All models come standard with Live Cockpit Plus, which uses an iDrive system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen display with voice recognition. Here you'll have easy access to the standard navigation system and hands-free Bluetooth capabilities, as well as Apple CarPlay connectivity. Opting for the Live Cockpit Pro package will get you more features, like a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Other available options include a wireless phone charging pad and gesture features that let you input certain commands by using hand motions.

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5. Useful Driver Aids

With the 2020 BMW 330i as your chariot, you'll benefit from many standard driver-assist features to help you on your daily commute. All models include Active Guard with Frontal Collison Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning to inspire confidence on busy highways or congested streets. For even more driver aids, you can add optional lane-departure warning, as well as rear-collision protection and cross-traffic alert.


What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • 330i: Includes 18-inch v-spoke bi-color orbit gray wheels, leatherette upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, 10-speaker audio system, rearview monitor, and more.
  • 330i xDrive: Includes the same BMW 3 Series configurations as the 330i, but with the inclusion of an xDrive all-wheel drive system.

Available Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic
  • Dravit Gray Metallic (330i xDrive only)
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Portimao Blue Metallic (330i xDrive only)
  • Sunset Orange Metallic
  • Tanzanite Blue Ii Metallic (330i xDrive only)
  • Vermont Bronze Metallic


  • Infotainment system with 8.8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay compatibility, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and more
  • Two-way power glass moonroof and sunshade with one-touch operation
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 40/20/40-split fold-down rear seats
  • 17 cubic feet of cargo volume

Average CarMax Prices

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NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 BMW 330i

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Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 BMW 3 Series, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

BMW 4 Series

If you're shopping for a stylish coupe with great handling and a comfortable ride, the BMW 4 Series is a sporty option. 2017–2019 BMW 430i models use a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Whether accelerating on straightaways or enjoying twists and turns at higher speeds, the 430i will satisfy your need for enthusiastic performance. The cabin is also designed with your comfort in mind, offering standard leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front sport seats on 2017–2019 models. You'll also find these standard features on 2017–2019 BMW 430i models:

  • 18-inch double-spoke wheels
  • Moonroof
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dynamic Cruise Control

BMW 2 Series

The BMW 2 Series is an entry-level luxury sports coupe that's fun to drive, whether commuting to work or for a night on the town. 2017–2019 230i models deliver lively performance with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that throws down 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. With an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway, its 2.0L powerplant makes 2017–2019 230i models a great choice for your daily driver.1 If you're looking for spirited performance, you'll find it in spades in the BMW 2 Series, along with very attractive standard features that include the following on 2018–2019 230i models:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED fog lights and headlights
  • Power front sport seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Hi-fi sound system


With 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of hair-raising torque from its 4.4L twin-turbo V8, the 2018–2019 BMW M5 is a sports sedan that can play nice during your nine-to-five, then unleash itself on the track. BMW USA redesigned the M5 in 2018 as part of its sixth generation, which saw the addition of a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and an adjustable all-wheel drive system. If you're looking for a sports sedan that's quick off the line with crisp gear shifts and endless enthusiasm, you'll be impressed with the M5's swift performance. Various drive modes also let you transition from comfort mode to an aggressive sport mode to best suit your driving situation. Other standard features on 2018–2019 M5s include the following:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Head-up display
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen-based navigation system
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon® surround-sound system

The Bottom Line

The BMW 3 Series combines the joy of driving and practicality into a sporty sedan that's fit for your busy lifestyle. With room for five passengers and 17 cubic feet of cargo volume, you'll have the space you need in the 2020 330i to carpool friends, run errands, or take a family road trip. The 330i's energetic powertrain and sporty handling will also keep you engaged with each twist and turn of the road, while the sedan's balanced ride and plush interior prioritize your comfort.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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