2006 – 2013 BMW E92 3 SERIES

There are a lot of BMW used cars for sale in Hong Kong, however, the arrival of the new BMW F30 3 Series model in late 2012, means you can now find great deals for the slightly older but still very modern BMW E92 3 Series 2006 – 2013.

Up until the arrival of the hallmark BMW E92 model, every 3 Series coupe would look like a two door version of the saloon, with minimal modifications, which brought – as you might expect – critiques towards the styling of the vehicle.

However, the advent of the 2006BMW 3 Series coupe bewildered the critics and brought something new to the table: the car looked nothing like its saloon counterpart – it had its very own body style, no longer being a 3 Series shell from which the two (extra) rear doors have been torn out and thrown back on the assembly line.

Returning back to the 3 Series coupe, its unique body style was used as a clear differentiator from its larger brother. From a visual perspective, the E92 had sleeker and sharper headlamps, a noticeably different profile, with a lower stance, flared wheel arches and a remarkably supple rear end. Moreover, the lower ride height, coupled with a chopped, plunging roofline and elongated door panels are additional details that add to the overall appeal of the coupe and give it its own identity.

Inside, the E92 shares almost everything with the E90 (the saloon). That means the instrument panel, dashboard design; centre console and interior layout are all taken from the other vehicle. However, the coupe only has two rear seats and promises to sit just as many adult occupants.

The engine on offer is comprised out of multiple petrol and diesel units. The entry level model from the petrol category is represented by the 318i, with a 141 horsepower 2.0 litre engine, which seems a bit underpowered, offering feeble feedback. At the opposite end, the 335i represents the top of the range, with a 3.0 litre six cylinder engine capable of producing 302 horsepower. As expected, it doesn’t disappoint, claiming a 0 to 62 miles per hour sprint in a mere 5.3 seconds. On the diesel front, the offers start with the 320d and end with the 335d. The former is powered by a 2.0 litre, 181 horsepower unit, while the latter possesses a more potent, 3.0 litre, 282 horsepower motor, which provides it with better performance figures than the other diesel, but it won’t challenge its petrol equivalent.

If you are a driver that enjoys a touch more involvement, you’ll be pleased to know that the steering is extremely precise and direct, yet missing the feedback of the previous generation. The suspension set-up is performance oriented on both the 335i and 335d, with stiffer springs, but might seem a bit harsh when confronted with irregular surfaces, such as country roads or large potholes. The other variants, beginning from the entry level models, do not benefit from the standard sports suspension and, as a result, high speed cornering might induce noticeable body roll.

All being said, the E92 is an excellent all rounder. With individualist styling, a rich engine line-up and sufficient boot space to shame some of its saloon counterparts, it manages to blend seamlessly the practicality of a four door car with the appeal of an attractive coupe.

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