BMW 3 Series Interior & Exterior Design

This is arguably the smartest 3 Series yet, and you can choose from five different trims to vary the looks of it.

Overview

The BMW 3 Series is, surely, a pretty familiar shape to most by now, and BMW hasn’t changed the exterior much since the current model was launched in 2019. That’s fine — it’s quite a handsome design, if a bit heavy-looking around the rear wheels. Inside, BMW has caught up, perhaps even surpassed, Audi in terms of layout and quality, but arguably it’s a touch behind the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

There are five trim levels to choose from, each one subtly altering the look of the exterior and cabin. Here’s how:

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Trims

SE Pro

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Exterior

The most basic of 3 Series gets a chrome surround for the radiator grilles (which have active radiator flaps for better aero performance), and plain 17-inch alloy wheels with a v-shaped spoke design. That radiator surround is the only splash of exterior chrome — the rest of the trim is plain matte black. You can choose from eight exterior colours, but only Jet Black and Alpine White come at no cost. The brake lights get LED bulbs and are dynamic — they glow brighter the harder you press the pedal, while the headlights are adaptive LED units. The plug-in hybrid 330e gets a bright blue surround for the BMW badge, and an ‘Electrified by i’ badge on the charging flap.

Interior

The lowest rung on the 3 Series ladder means you get plain black cloth seats and shiny black trim as standard. The cabin avoids looking too dull, though, thanks to plenty of bright aluminium-look trim on the dash and centre console, and the fact that the 10.25-inch touchscreen and the 12.3-inch digital instrument screen are standard across the entire range. You also get standard ambient lighting, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a sports multi-function steering wheel, floor mats, and three-zone air conditioning.

Sport Pro

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Exterior

A Sport Pro 3 Series comes with standard 18-inch alloys, with a v-shaped spoke pattern similar to the basic wheels of the SE Pro. The exterior trim changes up from plain matte black to ‘High Gloss Shadowline’ (which basically means shiny black). There’s also a welcome light function.

Interior

If you go for Sport Pro, you’ll get the same ‘High Gloss Black’ trim as in the cabin of the SE Pro, but you do get nice ‘Vernasca’ leather seats as standard (in a choice of three colours, and they’re heated, too).Split-folding rear seats are also standard at this level, while the floor mats get an upgrade to velour. 

M-Sport

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Exterior

M-Sport trim is hugely popular and it’s not hard to see why — you get 18-inch alloys in a silver-and-black finish, and the chunky, appealing M-Sport bodykit, which makes the 3 Series look distinctly more sporting. There’s a sprinkling of M-Sport badges, with their iconic red, purple, and blue stripes too. If you’ve gone for the more powerful 330i or 330d models, you’ll also get bright blue brake calipers, while all M-Sport models get front LED foglights. You do get fewer paint choices, though — just six, with only Alpine White being a no-cost option.

Interior

M-Sport cars get a dark roof liner, for a more sporty feel we guess, and sports leather seats (which come in five leather colour options) with side bolsters that adjust in and out. There’s an M-Sport steering wheel (which looks suspiciously like the standard wheel with an M-Sport badge…) and a milled aluminium trim finish, which BMW calls ‘Tetragon.’ A ‘mesh’ style aluminium trim is a no-cost option.

M-Sport Pro

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Exterior

M-Sport Pro buyers get even less choice in the paint department — just three colours, but they’re all metallic ‘M-Sport Pro Edition Unique Paintwork’ and they’re all no-cost options. The 19-inch alloy wheels, with very slim, open spokes, are now finished in jet black (although the same wheels with a silver-and-black finish are a no-cost option). The M-Sport bodykit is a touch more swollen and muscular, and the exterior trim highlights are now finished with an ‘Extended High-gloss Shadowline Exterior Trim’ which extends to a dark background finish for the headlights, which adds to the menacing look. Red brake calipers are standard, with blue as a no-cost option.

Interior

If you want an M-Sport Pro, you’ll get a choice of ‘Individual Aluminium Fabric’ or ‘Individual Piano Black’ cabin trim, and the same choice of Vernasca leather seats as in the M-Sport models. There’s also M-Sport seatbelts (which means belts with M-Sport red, blue, and purple stripes stitched in) and sun protection glass.

M-Performance

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Exterior

M-Performance trim is limited to two models — the M340i and M340d, which represent the pinnacle of 3 Series performance, short of the more bespoke M3. You get nine paint choices (only Alpine White is standard), and 19-inch M-Sport ‘Cerium Grey’ alloy wheels (with a jet-black finish as a no-cost option). Red brake calipers are standard, with blue as a no-cost option. There’s a ‘Cerium Grey’ finish for the exterior trim, the grille, and badges plus a subtle boot lip spoiler and twin square exhaust pipes.

Interior

There’s very little difference between an M-Performance cabin and the standard M-Sport — really the only change is the fact that the dashboard gets covered with ‘Sensatec’ leather.

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