Is it just me or is there something about wagons? BMW has just added this range-topping M340I xDrive wagon to its line up and I think this world is slightly better for it. Can you think of a reason not to buy this over its sedan counterpart?. Based on the current 3 series platform the only real change is to the powertrain with BMW using its 3.0l Twin-turbo straight-six, as a result, power is now 275kw, that’s a 35kw increase over the previous generation. Torque has also been boosted to a healthy 500nm. BMW engineers also improved the responsiveness of the engine by integrating the turbo into the manifold meaning the gasses only have to travel a short distance to the turbo.
Ride and Handling.
The power from this engine is sent to all four wheels using the xDrive system and via the 8-speed Steptronic gearbox. This combination of power and traction results in a 4.5 second 0-100kmh sprint time. The 4 wheel drive system also adds confidence in the corners or when conditions are greasy. BMW claims it’ll use 7.6l per 100km but will probably be higher if driven they way I suspect it will be or should be. An M-sport differential is also standard on this model which also aids traction.
The M Sport suspension included as standard on the new BMW M340i xDrive Touring lowers their ride height by ten millimetres. It features M-specific elastokinematic properties and lift-related dampers. The damper control configuration making its debut in the new BMW 3 Series reduces body movement perceptibly when smoothing out vibrations caused by bumpy road surfaces and dynamic cornering. The result is sporty, authoritative handling. The M340I also comes standard with bespoke 18″ wheels with option 19″ items. Braking is managed by 4 piston callipers and 348mm discs. If you opt for the M Technic package these are uprated to 374mm discs.
The M340I features M-specific design and equipment inside to help focus the occupants’ attention on the dynamic driving experience. Standard appointments include sports seats for the driver and front passenger upholstered in an M-specific combination of Sensatec and Alcantara with contrast quilting in Blue. The ‘M340i’ lettering appears in the digital instrument cluster and also adorns the front door sill plates. Although in my opinion, the drivers display isnt as good as the Audi system the iDrive system is one of the best.
The new BMW M340i xDrive Touring is also equipped as standard with three-zone automatic climate control (including separate control of the temperature and ventilation settings both for the driver and front passenger side and the rear passenger compartment), ambient lighting, extended storage. Other items on the standard equipment roster for the high-performance M340I include Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear, BMW Live Cockpit Plus complete with navigation system and an 8.8-inch Control Display. The Connected Package Plus includes Real-Time Traffic Information, Remote Services, Concierge Services and Apple CarPlay preparation. I find, as with most BMW’s the options list is quite long however the standard features should be enough for most.
BMW says this new M340i model will be available from November onwards and it is also available in Sedan.