When the all-new BMW 3 Series was launched in the country, it only came in one variant. That was the 330i M Sport, the top-spec variant before the M Division engineered M340i. The price? It retails for Php 4,590,000.
But say you do want a 3 Series but don't need the 330i's 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Thankfully, BMW Philippines has ushered in a tamer, more affordable variant of the venerable sports sedan. Introducing the 320i Sport Line.
The 320i badge returns to the Philippines after skipping an entire generation from 2012 to 2019. Just like the 330i, the 320i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter mill, albeit detuned. It uses the exact same engine found in the 520i Luxury Line we tested recently. That means this variant makes 184 PS and 290 Nm of torque which then shifts through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
This being the Sport Line, it doesn't get the ground-hugging body kit as the M Sport, but there are a few cues inspired by it. For instance, it gets gloss black accents at the front, side, and rear. Unlike the standard 320i Sport Line, BMW Philippines opted to put larger 18-inch alloy wheels instead of the 17-inch wheels offered in other countries.
Inside, the 320i Sport Line is equipped with the latest-generation iDrive 7.0 software, along with the brand's version of digital instrument clusters, LiveCockpit. The Sport Line trim adds sportier accents throughout the cabin while the rest of the interior trimmed in leather. It also has automatic dipping mirrors inside and out, power-adjustable seats with memory, plus a tri-zone automatic climate control and cruise control.
The price? The 320i Sport Line starts at Php 3,790,000. That's a difference of exactly Php 800,000. But if Php 3.8 million is still a hefty sum, perhaps BMW Philippines can also bring in the recently launched 318i from Europe in the future.