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That excited rush never gets old – the glint of a freshly delivered BMW in your parking, a promise of exhilarating escapades on the open road. This time, the culprit is the M340i, a car that ignites a firestorm of debate within the automotive community. Some dismiss it as a mere ‘budget M3,’ a watered–down version of its fire–breathing siblings. But we propose a different perspective: the M340i as the intelligent enthusiast’s choice. While the price tag wouldn’t exactly qualify it as a steal, the M340i emerges as a remarkably shrewd alternative when compared to its full–fledged M car counterparts. The true magic lies beneath the hood: a sonorous inline–six engine, a powerplant that awakens the soul of every driving purist.

But the M340i’s allure extends far beyond its captivating soundtrack. We’ll be dissecting its strengths in detail, uncovering the reasons why it rightfully deserves a place among the illustrious lineage of legendary BMW performance
sedans. So, prepare to be enthralled as we take a deep dive into the world of the M340i – a car that masterfully blends refinement with exhilarating performance.

The M340i isn’t flashy, but it exudes a quiet confidence that speaks volumes to those who appreciate a car’s true essence. It forgoes the boy–racer aesthetic, opting instead for a sleeper sedan stance that whispers its performance potential. The low profile and taut lines leave no doubt about its athleticism. However, for eagle–eyed enthusiasts, subtle hints reveal its M pedigree. Discreet M badges strategically placed around the car – on the front grille, fenders, and rear – serve as knowing winks to those in the know. These badges are more than just emblems; they’re a promise of the exhilarating driving experience that awaits.

The exterior design is all about functional elegance. The signature BMW kidney grille takes center stage, flanked by sharp LED headlights that pierce the night with a focused gaze. M–specific aerodynamic elements, like the larger air intakes and sculpted side skirts, aren’t just for show – they contribute to the car’s exceptional handling and stability at high speeds. In every crease and curve, the M340i communicates its purpose – a car built to deliver a thrilling driving experience without sacrificing sophistication. It’s a perfect example of BMW’s design philosophy: form following function, but never at the expense of style.

The M340i’s cabin and you’re greeted by an ambience that perfectly blends premium comfort with sporty intent. High–quality materials adorn the surfaces, with crisp stitching and tasteful accents creating a luxurious yet purposeful environment. The layout is undeniably BMW – driver–centric, with everything positioned for optimal control and visibility. A highlight of the interior is the impressive BMW Curved Display. This seamless panel houses a 12.3–inch digital instrument cluster that delivers vital information in a crisp and customisable format. Flanking it is a massive 14.9–inch infotainment touchscreen, the nerve centre for the latest iteration of BMW’s iDrive system. Thankfully, for those who appreciate a blend of touch and physical control, BMW has retained the rotary dial controller alongside a selection of essential buttons for navigating the infotainment system.

However, a minor gripe arises with the gear selector. Gone is the satisfying click–and–return of the traditional gear stick, replaced by a small toggle switch. While this switch functions flawlessly, it feels slightly out of place in a car that otherwise oozes a sense of driver engagement. Perhaps a sportier interpretation of a gear selector would have resonated better with the M340i’s overall character. But this is a minor quibble in an otherwise impressive interior that seamlessly blends luxury with a cockpit–like focus on the driver.

The M340i stays true to its sporty pedigree with the continuation of the beloved turbocharged 3.0–litre inline–six engine. While there’s a slight dip in peak power output from 387 bhp to 369 bhp, the real story lies in the addition of a new 48V mild–hybrid system for 2023. This innovative setup seamlessly integrates with the engine, providing an additional 11 bhp boost for improved acceleration. The result? An exhilarating 0–100 kph sprint time of just 4.4 seconds, unchanged from the previous generation. But the M340i isn’t just about raw power. It’s about the driving experience, and here, BMW delivers in spades. The steering is a revelation – direct, communicative, and perfectly weighted. It translates driver input into precise actions, making the car feel like an extension of yourself. This responsive steering, along with the confidence–inspiring handling, transforms even mundane commutes into exhilarating journeys.

We took the M340i on a twisty adventure, disengaging traction control for a taste of its true potential. The car danced around corners with remarkable poise, effortlessly controllable even at playful slip angles. The result? Not just an adrenaline rush, but some stunning photographs capturing the M340i in its element sliding around corners like it owns them. However, a minor trade–off emerges. The switch from 18–inch to 19–inch wheels on the new model does impact ride quality slightly but the larger wheel size on our India roads will give you a harsher ride quality The M340i isn’t a full M car, but it offers a thrilling drive at a smarter price. The glorious inline–six sings a sweet song, while the sharp steering and confident handling make every corner a joy. The interior blends luxury with driver focus, ideal for spirited commutes. Sure, the 19–inch wheels might compromise some ride quality, and the new gear selector lacks tactility. But compared to its rival like the Mercedes–AMG C 43, the M340i offers a compelling package. It prioritises driving engagement, aural pleasure, and practicality, making it a shrewd choice for the discerning enthusiast. If you crave performance without breaking the bank, the M340i is a serious contender.


BMW M340i



Max Power:

Max Torque:


2998cc, V6

382 bhp@5800 rpm

50.98 kgm@1850 - 5000 rpmm

8-speed AT


F/R: 225/40 R19 / 255/35 R19


L/W/H (mm):


Ground Clearance:

Kerb Weight:

Fuel Capacity:


2961 mm

130 mm

1670 kg

59 litres


Rs 72.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)