BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The material will not be so much a test as a comparison of the previous generation of the BMW 3 Series F30 with the new G20 model. But, unfortunately, a direct comparison could not be made, since we had a BMW 320d G20 in a sports package and almost the maximum configuration. I’ll tell you right away about the sports suspension that was on the test three-ruble note, I honestly wouldn’t take it, it’s very tough for daily trips and after a couple of days it already starts to tire, so the regular version will be more comfortable, and the pleasures no less from management.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

According to the design of the exterior, the moment is controversial, the new “three-ruble note” was licked, so the front was not so aggressive, although still pretty Free classifieds in Jinja, but personally I still like the front of the F30 more than the G20. But on the other hand, the smoother lines of the body allowed the designers to draw out the trunk, which in the previous version was somehow unprepossessing and there was some disharmony between the front and rear of the car. The new G20 looks coherent and pleasing to the eye, so maybe it's even better that the designers have added smoothness to the lines of the body, sacrificing some aggression in appearance. The headlights in the base G20 are all-LED, optionally available with swiveling LED headlights, as well as LED headlights with laser phosphor high beams, the latter were installed in the test car. The pattern of daytime running lights in the new third series was changed, for my taste, in the previous generation it was prettier.

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The interior of the new BMW 3 Series does not look completely new, but rather updated. The Bavarians, apparently, value their customers very much and do not seek to make drastic changes so as not to frighten off brand fans, but make small, neat innovations. So, changing from F30 to G20, you will feel almost at home: everything is clear, everything is in its place, just a little fresher and more interesting. So, the display of the media system has retained its shape, but now it does not stick out in the center of the torpedo, but went down a little and, as it were, flows from the dashboard visor.The climate control unit has risen a little higher, but has changed a lot, smallish keys have replaced the convenient knobs, and the elongated monochrome display has become more compact and now has a rectangular shape. But already in the base there is a three-zone climate control with a separate control unit for the rear passengers, while the F30 had a two-zone one. The media system unit with the volume knob went down, which turned out to be convenient.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

The central tunnel has not changed much, but now it has become more coherent, with the familiar “automatic” selector joystick, which has only changed its shape, having received a rounded top, so that you can put your hand on it while driving. In place is the iDrive controller washer, which allows you to comfortably use the media system without resorting to the touch screen, it is now also available in the G20. The only unusual change is the engine start button, which has moved from under the steering wheel to the central tunnel, you first forget and try to find it in the old place.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The virtual dashboard of the BMW Live Cockpit with the so-called boomerangs is the most dramatic change in the cabin of the new G20. Many BMW fans scolded the manufacturer for such an implementation of devices, but, in my opinion, the Bavarians did everything in their own style. Yes, at first glance the dashboard is unusual, but then you realize that it is quite consistent with the spirit of the brand, minimalistic with well-read speedometer and tachometer data. In the right "boomerang" you can display additional information, for example, from a music player, even with a cover. There is emptiness in the center of the panel, but you can display a schematic map of the navigation system there, which allows you to easily navigate along the route, but at the same time does not irritate your eyes with its variegation. But it is worth noting that the BMW Live Cockpit is an option for the “three”, in the base you will get a more familiar, half-numerical panel, so if a completely virtual panel is still perceived as alien for you, you can always choose a more familiar option.

Bmw 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

There seems to be more space in the back, according to the papers, but I still sit right behind me, and the child turned out to be even cramped, I had to move forward a little, although in the F30 he sits freely, but I don’t infringe on myself in comfort. Perhaps the point is in the front sports seats in the test car, apparently they are larger than the base ones and eat up useful space. But the volume of the luggage compartment in the novelty has neither increased nor decreased and is still the same 480 liters with the ability to increase the usable volume by folding the separate backs of the rear sofa directly from the trunk. There is still no spare wheel, it is to some extent replaced by standard run-flat safe tires. An electric boot lid is available as an option for the G20.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

The test vehicle was equipped with a BMW Live Cockpit Professional multimedia package with a 10.25” touchscreen, 12.5” virtual instrument panel and BMW 7.0 operating system. In the base, the central display will be smaller, 8.8”, the instrument panel is combined, and the operating system of the previous generation version 6.0. Of course, the new complex with BMW 7.0 OS is a complete delight, many specialized journalists even say that it is the best on the market, although, in my opinion, MBUX from Mercedes-Benz is still more interesting. Since the iDrive controller washer was left here, the owners of the same F30 will instantly get used to the new version of the OS. This is the plus of BMW, they made the best control system from an external controller, finalized it and at the same time, apparently for new users, added touch control from the screen as an alternative. Of the innovations of the system, I note updates over the air (Remote Software Upgrade), thanks to which not only the head unit is updated, but also other electronic components of the car. There is good navigation with traffic jams, and it conducts, bypassing traffic jams, regular navigation is no worse than Yandex.Maps. And of course, quite standard options in BMW are implemented at a good level, this is the division of the display into several applications, and additional services, the same weather. There is support for Apple CarPlay, and in a wireless version, but Android Auto support has not been delivered. As such an entertaining element for the first time, it is worth noting gesture control, for example, by twisting your fingers in front of the screen, you can increase or decrease the volume of the sound, and with a wave you can answer or reject a call.

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Our car had a rear view camera with a good picture, markings and tips on the nearest obstacles. As an option, you can order a projection display, and it is worth the money spent on it, since, in addition to the speedometer and route tips, it displays detailed information even on music (player or radio), as well as the call list.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

What BMW couldn't handle in the new G20 is the rain sensor, which still behaves inappropriately in light rain, forcing the driver to adjust the operation of the brushes on his own. But, unlike the F30, the sensor can be turned on on an ongoing basis, and you don’t have to constantly poke the power button with each new trip. Yes, in the new “three-ruble note”, the windshield washers have moved to the frame of the brushes, which is more convenient than the classic washers in the previous model.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The range of engines in the new BMW 3 Series has expanded compared to its predecessor, the most popular, as in the previous generation, will be 320i and 320d. But I would like to note that the 318d was brought to Russia with a 150-horsepower diesel engine, which will be interesting for the initial versions of the three-ruble note. At the same time, only the initial version of the 318i was available for the F30, in the new generation it was also preserved, already with a different engine, but also supplemented with a diesel version. Diesels from BMW, in my opinion, are interesting, they provide pickup from the very bottom and are quite economical, and the initial version for the city is more than enough for many.

I did not notice any special differences between the G20 and the F30 in city driving. Yes, of course, with the sports package, the control is sharper, there are less rolls, better stability, but now you don’t really drive around Moscow. Yes, and I was not lucky with the weather, I took a test car at a time when the weather changed every hour: either snow, or sun, or freezing rain. The only thing I can say for sure is that the work of electronic assistants has been improved in the new generation. On the icy road, the car showed itself perfectly, the electronics worked clearly, holding the car and preventing skidding, allowing you to feel confident behind the wheel. Moreover, I note that the car was rear-wheel drive and Velcro from Nokian, and on a similar car of the previous generation with the same tires in difficult conditions, I had to concentrate a little more.

Bmw 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The new BMW 3 Series G20 turned out to be more interesting than the F30 in some respects, but it is a pity that, despite the numbers on paper, there was no more space in the cabin. Since I have a family, I think I won’t switch from the F30 to the G20, but I’ll look towards the BMW 5 Series or something else. But those who are completely satisfied with the dimensions of the previous version, of course, should take a closer look at the new generation. The only thing that can stop you from switching to a new 3 series is the price, which has risen due to the exchange rate. So, the F30 could be purchased in a good configuration for up to 2 million rubles, while the G20 only starts at 2,530,000 rubles, and the price of a test car is almost 4,000,000 rubles.

We thank the administration of the English Quarter in Anosino cottage settlement for their assistance in filming.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The material will not be so much a test as a comparison of the previous generation of the BMW 3 Series F30 with the new G20 model. But, unfortunately, a direct comparison could not be made, since we had a BMW 320d G20 in a sports package and almost the maximum configuration. I’ll tell you right away about the sports suspension that was on the test three-ruble note, I honestly wouldn’t take it, it’s very tough for daily trips and after a couple of days it already starts to tire, so the regular version will be more comfortable, and the pleasures no less from management.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

According to the design of the exterior, the moment is controversial, the new “three-ruble note” was licked, so the front was not so aggressive, although still pretty Free classifieds in Jinja, but personally I still like the front of the F30 more than the G20. But on the other hand, the smoother lines of the body allowed the designers to draw out the trunk, which in the previous version was somehow unprepossessing and there was some disharmony between the front and rear of the car. The new G20 looks coherent and pleasing to the eye, so maybe it's even better that the designers have added smoothness to the lines of the body, sacrificing some aggression in appearance. The headlights in the base G20 are all-LED, optionally available with swiveling LED headlights, as well as LED headlights with laser phosphor high beams, the latter were installed in the test car. The pattern of daytime running lights in the new third series was changed, for my taste, in the previous generation it was prettier.

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The interior of the new BMW 3 Series does not look completely new, but rather updated. The Bavarians, apparently, value their customers very much and do not seek to make drastic changes so as not to frighten off brand fans, but make small, neat innovations. So, changing from F30 to G20, you will feel almost at home: everything is clear, everything is in its place, just a little fresher and more interesting. So, the display of the media system has retained its shape, but now it does not stick out in the center of the torpedo, but went down a little and, as it were, flows from the dashboard visor.The climate control unit has risen a little higher, but has changed a lot, smallish keys have replaced the convenient knobs, and the elongated monochrome display has become more compact and now has a rectangular shape. But already in the base there is a three-zone climate control with a separate control unit for the rear passengers, while the F30 had a two-zone one. The media system unit with the volume knob went down, which turned out to be convenient.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

The central tunnel has not changed much, but now it has become more coherent, with the familiar “automatic” selector joystick, which has only changed its shape, having received a rounded top, so that you can put your hand on it while driving. In place is the iDrive controller washer, which allows you to comfortably use the media system without resorting to the touch screen, it is now also available in the G20. The only unusual change is the engine start button, which has moved from under the steering wheel to the central tunnel, you first forget and try to find it in the old place.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The virtual dashboard of the BMW Live Cockpit with the so-called boomerangs is the most dramatic change in the cabin of the new G20. Many BMW fans scolded the manufacturer for such an implementation of devices, but, in my opinion, the Bavarians did everything in their own style. Yes, at first glance the dashboard is unusual, but then you realize that it is quite consistent with the spirit of the brand, minimalistic with well-read speedometer and tachometer data. In the right "boomerang" you can display additional information, for example, from a music player, even with a cover. There is emptiness in the center of the panel, but you can display a schematic map of the navigation system there, which allows you to easily navigate along the route, but at the same time does not irritate your eyes with its variegation. But it is worth noting that the BMW Live Cockpit is an option for the “three”, in the base you will get a more familiar, half-numerical panel, so if a completely virtual panel is still perceived as alien for you, you can always choose a more familiar option.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 F30 BMW test 320d How much better is G20 than F30

The steering wheel in the new G20 is quite ordinary, with slightly modified control keys on it, now they do not protrude so much, but at the same time they are still comfortable to use. The place of the rocker keys was taken by corrugated scroll rollers, which are not inferior to the previous controls in terms of convenience. As before, the basic, sports and M-steering wheel are available, in my opinion, the sports one is the best option. Of the pluses, I note the steering wheel heating button, which has moved from the steering column to the steering wheel itself, so using this option has become much more convenient.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

When you get behind the wheel of the new BMW 3 Series, you feel familiar, the landing is low, your butt is on the pavement, there are enough adjustments for people of any height and build. With my height of 187 cm, I calmly sit in a chair, there is enough longitudinal seat adjustment with a large margin, steering column adjustments in two planes are also enough in abundance. Of course, the sports seats in the test car are chic, with a lot of automatic adjustments, an adjustable knee pad - nonsense, but from the experience of the F30 I can say that the basic seats in the "three" are quite good.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

There seems to be more space in the back, according to the papers, but I still sit right behind me, and the child turned out to be even cramped, I had to move forward a little, although in the F30 he sits freely, but I don’t infringe on myself in comfort. Perhaps the point is in the front sports seats in the test car, apparently they are larger than the base ones and eat up useful space. But the volume of the luggage compartment in the novelty has neither increased nor decreased and is still the same 480 liters with the ability to increase the usable volume by folding the separate backs of the rear sofa directly from the trunk. There is still no spare wheel, it is to some extent replaced by standard run-flat safe tires. An electric boot lid is available as an option for the G20.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

The test vehicle was equipped with a BMW Live Cockpit Professional multimedia package with a 10.25” touchscreen, 12.5” virtual instrument panel and BMW 7.0 operating system. In the base, the central display will be smaller, 8.8”, the instrument panel is combined, and the operating system of the previous generation version 6.0. Of course, the new complex with BMW 7.0 OS is a complete delight, many specialized journalists even say that it is the best on the market, although, in my opinion, MBUX from Mercedes-Benz is still more interesting. Since the iDrive controller washer was left here, the owners of the same F30 will instantly get used to the new version of the OS. This is the plus of BMW, they made the best control system from an external controller, finalized it and at the same time, apparently for new users, added touch control from the screen as an alternative. Of the innovations of the system, I note updates over the air (Remote Software Upgrade), thanks to which not only the head unit is updated, but also other electronic components of the car. There is good navigation with traffic jams, and it conducts, bypassing traffic jams, regular navigation is no worse than Yandex.Maps. And of course, quite standard options in BMW are implemented at a good level, this is the division of the display into several applications, and additional services, the same weather. There is support for Apple CarPlay, and in a wireless version, but Android Auto support has not been delivered. As such an entertaining element for the first time, it is worth noting gesture control, for example, by twisting your fingers in front of the screen, you can increase or decrease the volume of the sound, and with a wave you can answer or reject a call.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

Our car had a rear view camera with a good picture, markings and tips on the nearest obstacles. As an option, you can order a projection display, and it is worth the money spent on it, since, in addition to the speedometer and route tips, it displays detailed information even on music (player or radio), as well as the call list.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

What BMW couldn't handle in the new G20 is the rain sensor, which still behaves inappropriately in light rain, forcing the driver to adjust the operation of the brushes on his own. But, unlike the F30, the sensor can be turned on on an ongoing basis, and you don’t have to constantly poke the power button with each new trip. Yes, in the new “three-ruble note”, the windshield washers have moved to the frame of the brushes, which is more convenient than the classic washers in the previous model.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The range of engines in the new BMW 3 Series has expanded compared to its predecessor, the most popular, as in the previous generation, will be 320i and 320d. But I would like to note that the 318d was brought to Russia with a 150-horsepower diesel engine, which will be interesting for the initial versions of the three-ruble note. At the same time, only the initial version of the 318i was available for the F30, in the new generation it was also preserved, already with a different engine, but also supplemented with a diesel version. Diesels from BMW, in my opinion, are interesting, they provide pickup from the very bottom and are quite economical, and the initial version for the city is more than enough for many.

I did not notice any special differences between the G20 and the F30 in city driving. Yes, of course, with the sports package, the control is sharper, there are less rolls, better stability, but now you don’t really drive around Moscow. Yes, and I was not lucky with the weather, I took a test car at a time when the weather changed every hour: either snow, or sun, or freezing rain. The only thing I can say for sure is that the work of electronic assistants has been improved in the new generation. On the icy road, the car showed itself perfectly, the electronics worked clearly, holding the car and preventing skidding, allowing you to feel confident behind the wheel. Moreover, I note that the car was rear-wheel drive and Velcro from Nokian, and on a similar car of the previous generation with the same tires in difficult conditions, I had to concentrate a little more.

Bmw 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The new BMW 3 Series G20 turned out to be more interesting than the F30 in some respects, but it is a pity that, despite the numbers on paper, there was no more space in the cabin. Since I have a family, I think I won’t switch from the F30 to the G20, but I’ll look towards the BMW 5 Series or something else. But those who are completely satisfied with the dimensions of the previous version, of course, should take a closer look at the new generation. The only thing that can stop you from switching to a new 3 series is the price, which has risen due to the exchange rate. So, the F30 could be purchased in a good configuration for up to 2 million rubles, while the G20 only starts at 2,530,000 rubles, and the price of a test car is almost 4,000,000 rubles.

We thank the administration of the English Quarter in Anosino cottage settlement for their assistance in filming.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The material will not be so much a test as a comparison of the previous generation of the BMW 3 Series F30 with the new G20 model. But, unfortunately, a direct comparison could not be made, since we had a BMW 320d G20 in a sports package and almost the maximum configuration. I’ll tell you right away about the sports suspension that was on the test three-ruble note, I honestly wouldn’t take it, it’s very tough for daily trips and after a couple of days it already starts to tire, so the regular version will be more comfortable, and the pleasures no less from management.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

According to the design of the exterior, the moment is controversial, the new “three-ruble note” was licked, so the front was not so aggressive, although still pretty Free classifieds in Jinja, but personally I still like the front of the F30 more than the G20. But on the other hand, the smoother lines of the body allowed the designers to draw out the trunk, which in the previous version was somehow unprepossessing and there was some disharmony between the front and rear of the car. The new G20 looks coherent and pleasing to the eye, so maybe it's even better that the designers have added smoothness to the lines of the body, sacrificing some aggression in appearance. The headlights in the base G20 are all-LED, optionally available with swiveling LED headlights, as well as LED headlights with laser phosphor high beams, the latter were installed in the test car. The pattern of daytime running lights in the new third series was changed, for my taste, in the previous generation it was prettier.

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The interior of the new BMW 3 Series does not look completely new, but rather updated. The Bavarians, apparently, value their customers very much and do not seek to make drastic changes so as not to frighten off brand fans, but make small, neat innovations. So, changing from F30 to G20, you will feel almost at home: everything is clear, everything is in its place, just a little fresher and more interesting. So, the display of the media system has retained its shape, but now it does not stick out in the center of the torpedo, but went down a little and, as it were, flows from the dashboard visor.The climate control unit has risen a little higher, but has changed a lot, smallish keys have replaced the convenient knobs, and the elongated monochrome display has become more compact and now has a rectangular shape. But already in the base there is a three-zone climate control with a separate control unit for the rear passengers, while the F30 had a two-zone one. The media system unit with the volume knob went down, which turned out to be convenient.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

The central tunnel has not changed much, but now it has become more coherent, with the usual “automatic” selector joystick, which has only changed its shape, having received a rounded top, so that you can put your hand on it while driving. In place is the iDrive controller washer, which allows you to comfortably use the media system without resorting to the touch screen, it is now also available in the G20. The only unusual change is the engine start button, which has moved from under the steering wheel to the central tunnel, you first forget and try to find it in the old place.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The virtual dashboard of the BMW Live Cockpit with the so-called boomerangs is the most dramatic change in the cabin of the new G20. Many BMW fans scolded the manufacturer for such an implementation of devices, but, in my opinion, the Bavarians did everything in their own style. Yes, at first glance the dashboard is unusual, but then you realize that it is quite consistent with the spirit of the brand, minimalistic with well-read speedometer and tachometer data. In the right "boomerang" you can display additional information, for example, from a music player, even with a cover. There is emptiness in the center of the panel, but you can display a schematic map of the navigation system there, which allows you to easily navigate along the route, but at the same time does not irritate your eyes with its variegation. But it is worth noting that the BMW Live Cockpit is an option for the “three”, in the base you will get a more familiar, half-numerical panel, so if a completely virtual panel is still perceived as alien for you, you can always choose a more familiar option.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 F30 BMW test 320d How much better is G20 than F30

The steering wheel in the new G20 is quite ordinary, with slightly modified control keys on it, now they do not protrude so much, but at the same time they are still comfortable to use. The place of the rocker keys was taken by corrugated scroll rollers, which are not inferior to the previous controls in terms of convenience. As before, the basic, sports and M-steering wheel are available, in my opinion, the sports one is the best option. Of the pluses, I note the steering wheel heating button, which has moved from the steering column to the steering wheel itself, so using this option has become much more convenient.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

When you get behind the wheel of the new BMW 3 Series, you feel familiar, the landing is low, your butt is on the pavement, there are enough adjustments for people of any height and build. With my height of 187 cm, I calmly sit in a chair, there is enough longitudinal seat adjustment with a large margin, steering column adjustments in two planes are also enough in abundance. Of course, the sports seats in the test car are chic, with a lot of automatic adjustments, an adjustable knee pad - nonsense, but from the experience of the F30 I can say that the basic seats in the "three" are quite good.

Bmw 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

There seems to be more space in the back, according to the papers, but I still sit right behind me, and the child turned out to be even cramped, I had to move forward a little, although in the F30 he sits freely, but I don’t infringe on myself in comfort. Perhaps the point is in the front sports seats in the test car, apparently they are larger than the base ones and eat up useful space. But the volume of the luggage compartment in the novelty has neither increased nor decreased and is still the same 480 liters with the ability to increase the usable volume by folding the separate backs of the rear sofa directly from the trunk. There is still no spare wheel, it is to some extent replaced by standard run-flat safe tires. An electric boot lid is available as an option for the G20.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

The test vehicle was equipped with a BMW Live Cockpit Professional multimedia package with a 10.25” touchscreen, 12.5” virtual instrument panel and BMW 7.0 operating system. In the base, the central display will be smaller, 8.8”, the instrument panel is combined, and the operating system of the previous generation version 6.0. Of course, the new complex with BMW 7.0 OS is a complete delight, many specialized journalists even say that it is the best on the market, although, in my opinion, MBUX from Mercedes-Benz is still more interesting. Since the iDrive controller washer was left here, the owners of the same F30 will instantly get used to the new version of the OS. This is the plus of BMW, they made the best control system from an external controller, finalized it and at the same time, apparently for new users, added touch control from the screen as an alternative. Of the innovations of the system, I note updates over the air (Remote Software Upgrade), thanks to which not only the head unit is updated, but also other electronic components of the car. There is good navigation with traffic jams, and it conducts, bypassing traffic jams, regular navigation is no worse than Yandex.Maps. And of course, quite standard options in BMW are implemented at a good level, this is the division of the display into several applications, and additional services, the same weather. There is support for Apple CarPlay, and in a wireless version, but Android Auto support has not been delivered. As such an entertaining element for the first time, it is worth noting gesture control, for example, by twisting your fingers in front of the screen, you can increase or decrease the volume of the sound, and with a wave you can answer or reject a call.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test How much better is G20 than F30

Our car had a rear view camera with a good picture, markings and tips on the nearest obstacles. As an option, you can order a projection display, and it is worth the money spent on it, since, in addition to the speedometer and route tips, it displays detailed information even on music (player or radio), as well as the call list.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

What BMW couldn't handle in the new G20 is the rain sensor, which still behaves inappropriately in light rain, forcing the driver to adjust the operation of the brushes on his own. But, unlike the F30, the sensor can be turned on on an ongoing basis, and you don’t have to constantly poke the power button with each new trip. Yes, in the new “three-ruble note”, the windshield washers have moved to the frame of the brushes, which is more convenient than the classic washers in the previous model.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30 BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The range of engines in the new BMW 3 Series has expanded compared to its predecessor, the most popular, as in the previous generation, will be 320i and 320d. But I would like to note that the 318d was brought to Russia with a 150-horsepower diesel engine, which will be interesting for the initial versions of the three-ruble note. At the same time, only the initial version of the 318i was available for the F30, in the new generation it was also preserved, already with a different engine, but also supplemented with a diesel version. Diesels from BMW, in my opinion, are interesting, they provide pickup from the very bottom and are quite economical, and the initial version for the city is more than enough for many.

I did not notice any special differences between the G20 and the F30 in city driving. Yes, of course, with the sports package, the control is sharper, there are less rolls, better stability, but now you don’t really drive around Moscow. Yes, and I was not lucky with the weather, I took a test car at a time when the weather changed every hour: either snow, or sun, or freezing rain. The only thing I can say for sure is that the work of electronic assistants has been improved in the new generation. On the icy road, the car showed itself perfectly, the electronics worked clearly, holding the car and preventing skidding, allowing you to feel confident behind the wheel. Moreover, I note that the car was rear-wheel drive and Velcro from Nokian, and on a similar car of the previous generation with the same tires in difficult conditions, I had to concentrate a little more.

Bmw 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The new BMW 3 Series G20 turned out to be more interesting than the F30 in some respects, but it is a pity that, despite the numbers on paper, there was no more space in the cabin. Since I have a family, I think I won’t switch from the F30 to the G20, but I’ll look towards the BMW 5 Series or something else. But those who are completely satisfied with the dimensions of the previous version, of course, should take a closer look at the new generation. The only thing that can stop you from switching to a new 3 series is the price, which has risen due to the exchange rate. So, the F30 could be purchased in a good configuration for up to 2 million rubles, while the G20 only starts at 2,530,000 rubles, and the price of a test car is almost 4,000,000 rubles.

We thank the administration of the English Quarter in Anosino cottage settlement for their assistance in filming.

BMW 320d test. How much better is the G20 than the F30

The material will not be so much a test as a comparison of the previous generation of the BMW 3 Series F30 with the new G20 model. But, unfortunately, a direct comparison could not be made, since we had a BMW 320d G20 in a sports package and almost the maximum configuration. I’ll tell you right away about the sports suspension that was on the test three-ruble note, I honestly wouldn’t take it, it’s very tough for daily trips and after a couple of days it already starts to tire, so the regular version will be more comfortable, and the pleasures no less from management.

According to the design of the exterior, the moment is debatable, the new “three-ruble note” was licked, so the front was not so aggressive, although still pretty Free classifieds in Jinja, but personally I still like the F30 front more than the G20. But on the other hand, the smoother lines of the body allowed the designers to draw out the trunk, which in the previous version was somehow unprepossessing and there was some disharmony between the front and rear of the car. The new G20 looks coherent and pleasing to the eye, so maybe it's even better that the designers have added smoothness to the lines of the body, sacrificing some aggression in appearance. The headlights in the base G20 are all-LED, optionally available with swiveling LED headlights, as well as LED headlights with laser phosphor high beams, the latter were installed in the test car. The pattern of daytime running lights in the new third series was changed, for my taste, in the previous generation it was prettier.

According to the exterior design, the moment is controversial, the new “three-ruble note” was licked, so the front was not so aggressive, although still pretty Free classifieds in Jinja Free classifieds in Jinja , but personally I still like the front of the F30 more than the G20. But on the other hand, the smoother lines of the body allowed the designers to draw out the trunk, which in the previous version was somehow unprepossessing and there was some disharmony between the front and rear of the car. The new G20 looks cohesive and pleasing to the eye, so maybe it's even better that the designers have added smoothness to the lines of the body, sacrificing some aggression in appearance. The headlights in the base G20 are all-LED, with optional swiveling LED headlights as well as LED headlights with laser phosphor high beams, the latter being installed in the test car. The pattern of daytime running lights in the new third series was changed, for my taste, in the previous generation it was prettier.

The interior of the new BMW 3 Series does not look completely new, but rather updated. The Bavarians, apparently, value their customers very much and do not seek to make drastic changes so as not to frighten off brand fans, but make small, neat innovations. So, changing from F30 to G20, you will feel almost at home: everything is clear, everything is in its place, just a little fresher and more interesting. So, the display of the media system has retained its shape, but now it does not stick out in the center of the torpedo, but went down a little and, as it were, flows from the dashboard visor. The climate control unit has risen a little higher, but has changed a lot, smallish keys have replaced the convenient knobs, and the elongated monochrome display has become more compact and now has a rectangular shape. But already in the base there is a three-zone climate control with a separate control unit for the rear passengers, while the F30 had a two-zone one. The media system unit with the volume control went down, which turned out to be convenient.

The central tunnel has not changed much, but now it has become more coherent, with the usual “automatic” selector joystick, which has only changed its shape, having received a rounded top, so that you can put your hand on it while driving. In place is the iDrive controller washer, which allows you to comfortably use the media system without resorting to the touch screen, it is now also available in the G20. The only unusual change is the engine start button, which has moved from under the steering wheel to the central tunnel, you first forget and try to find it in the old place.

The virtual dashboard of the BMW Live Cockpit with the so-called boomerangs is the most dramatic change in the cabin of the new G20. Many BMW fans scolded the manufacturer for such an implementation of devices, but, in my opinion, the Bavarians did everything in their own style. Yes, at first glance the dashboard is unusual, but then you realize that it is quite consistent with the spirit of the brand, minimalistic with well-read speedometer and tachometer data. In the right "boomerang" you can display additional information, for example, from a music player, even with a cover. There is emptiness in the center of the panel, but you can display a schematic map of the navigation system there, which allows you to easily navigate along the route, but at the same time does not irritate your eyes with its variegation. But it is worth noting that the BMW Live Cockpit is an option for the “three”, in the base you will get a more familiar, half-numerical panel, so if a completely virtual panel is still perceived as alien for you, you can always choose a more familiar option.

The steering wheel in the new G20 is quite ordinary, with slightly modified control keys on it, now they do not protrude so much, but at the same time they are still comfortable to use. The place of the rocker keys was taken by corrugated scroll rollers, which are not inferior to the previous controls in terms of convenience. As before, the basic, sports and M-steering wheel are available, in my opinion, the sports one is the best option. Of the pluses, I note the steering wheel heating button, which has moved from the steering column to the steering wheel itself, so using this option has become much more convenient.

When you get behind the wheel of the new BMW 3 Series, you feel familiar, the landing is low, your butt is on the pavement, there are enough adjustments for people of any height and build. With my height of 187 cm, I calmly sit in a chair, there is enough longitudinal seat adjustment with a large margin, steering column adjustments in two planes are also enough in abundance. Of course, the sports seats in the test car are chic, with a lot of automatic adjustments, an adjustable knee pad - nonsense, but from the experience of the F30 I can say that the basic seats in the "three" are quite good.

There seems to be more space in the back, according to the papers, but I still sit right behind me, and the child turned out to be even cramped, I had to move forward a little, although in the F30 he sits freely, but I don’t infringe on myself in comfort. Perhaps the point is in the front sports seats in the test car, apparently they are larger than the base ones and eat up useful space. But the volume of the luggage compartment in the novelty has neither increased nor decreased and is still the same 480 liters with the ability to increase the usable volume by folding the separate backs of the rear sofa directly from the trunk. There is still no spare wheel, it is to some extent replaced by standard run-flat safe tires. An electric boot lid is available as an option for the G20.

The test vehicle was equipped with a BMW Live Cockpit Professional multimedia package with a 10.25” touchscreen, 12.5” virtual instrument panel and BMW 7.0 operating system. In the base, the central display will be smaller, 8.8”, the instrument panel is combined, and the operating system of the previous generation version 6.0. Of course, the new complex with BMW 7.0 OS is a complete delight, many specialized journalists even say that it is the best on the market, although, in my opinion, MBUX from Mercedes-Benz is still more interesting. Since the iDrive controller washer was left here, the owners of the same F30 will instantly get used to the new version of the OS. This is the plus of BMW, they made the best control system from an external controller, finalized it and at the same time, apparently for new users, added touch control from the screen as an alternative.Of the innovations of the system, I note updates over the air (Remote Software Upgrade), thanks to which not only the head unit is updated, but also other electronic components of the car. There is good navigation with traffic jams, and it conducts, bypassing traffic jams, regular navigation is no worse than Yandex.Maps. And of course, quite standard options in BMW are implemented at a good level, this is the division of the display into several applications, and additional services, the same weather. There is support for Apple CarPlay, and in a wireless version, but Android Auto support has not been delivered. As such an entertaining element for the first time, it is worth noting gesture control, for example, by twisting your fingers in front of the screen, you can increase or decrease the volume of the sound, and with a wave you can answer or reject a call.

Our car had a rear view camera with a good picture, markings and tips on the nearest obstacles. As an option, you can order a projection display, and it is worth the money spent on it, since, in addition to the speedometer and route tips, it displays detailed information even on music (player or radio), as well as the call list.

What BMW couldn't handle in the new G20 is the rain sensor, which still behaves inappropriately in light rain, forcing the driver to adjust the operation of the brushes on his own. But, unlike the F30, the sensor can be turned on on an ongoing basis, and you don’t have to constantly poke the power button with each new trip. Yes, in the new “three-ruble note”, the windshield washers have moved to the frame of the brushes, which is more convenient than the classic washers in the previous model.

The range of engines in the new BMW 3 Series has expanded compared to its predecessor, the most popular, as in the previous generation, will be 320i and 320d. But I would like to note that the 318d was brought to Russia with a 150-horsepower diesel engine, which will be interesting for the initial versions of the three-ruble note. At the same time, only the initial version of the 318i was available for the F30, in the new generation it was also preserved, already with a different engine, but also supplemented with a diesel version. Diesels from BMW, in my opinion, are interesting, they provide pickup from the very bottom and are quite economical, and the initial version for the city is more than enough for many.

I did not notice any special differences between the G20 and the F30 in city driving. Yes, of course, with the sports package, the control is sharper, there are less rolls, better stability, but now you don’t really drive around Moscow. Yes, and I was not lucky with the weather, I took a test car at a time when the weather changed every hour: either snow, or sun, or freezing rain. The only thing I can say for sure is that the work of electronic assistants has been improved in the new generation. On the icy road, the car showed itself perfectly, the electronics worked clearly, holding the car and preventing skidding, allowing you to feel confident behind the wheel. Moreover, I note that the car was rear-wheel drive and Velcro from Nokian, and on a similar car of the previous generation with the same tires in difficult conditions, I had to concentrate a little more.

The new BMW 3 Series G20 turned out to be more interesting than the F30 in some respects, but it is a pity that, despite the numbers on paper, there was no more space in the cabin. Since I have a family, I think I won’t switch from the F30 to the G20, but I’ll look towards the BMW 5 Series or something else. But those who are completely satisfied with the dimensions of the previous version, of course, should take a closer look at the new generation. The only thing that can stop you from switching to a new 3 series is the price, which has risen due to the exchange rate. So, the F30 could be purchased in a good configuration for up to 2 million rubles, while the G20 only starts at 2,530,000 rubles, and the price of a test car is almost 4,000,000 rubles.

We thank the administration of the English Quarter in Anosino cottage settlement for their assistance in filming.