BMW 3 Series vs. Lexus IS

BMW 3 SERIES VS. LEXUS ISLuxury cars, even those considered closer to the entry-level of the spectrum, still offers comfort and convenience that can't be matched by even the highest-trim level in a non-luxury vehicle. However, a truly great luxury vehicle also offers thrilling performance, channeling the rich heritage of its manufacturer. Little needs to be said about the performance abilities of any vehicle bearing the Bavaria Motor Works badge, but how does a relative newcomer like the Lexus IS 350 stack up against its BMW competition? We'll take a look at some of the performance aspects of the two, and then let you decide.

Sedan BMW 340i xDrive Lexus IS 350
0-100 km/h (seconds) 4.4 5.6
Horsepower 382 311
Torque (lb-ft) 369 277
Fuel economy - city (L/100km) 11.1 12.3
Fuel economy - highway (L/100km) 7.5 9.1
Fuel economy - combined (L/100km) 9.5 10.9

When it comes to pure driving thrills, the Lexus IS lags behind the comparably-priced BMW 3 Series. The 3.5L 6-cylinder in the Lexus, matched to a 6-speed Super ECT Automatic with Paddle Shifters, can't provide the same punch as the 3 Series' M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine. Beyond the engine itself, the BMW's 8-speed M Sport automatic transmission and M Sport differential provide stunning control over the 340i xDrive's power-providing a more immersive driving experience alongside better fuel economy. The Lexus IS may feel like a powerful vehicle to the uninitiated, but to the discerning driver who knows the difference, it is a pale facsimile of what the 2019 BMW 3 Series offers.


Beyond the stark difference in the two vehicles' performance, the BMW advantage is obvious in the 3 Series over the Lexus IS. Immerse yourself in an interior that is the beneficiary of years of fine-tuning and offers BMW's revolutionary Intelligent Personal Assistant, an advanced system that learns your habits while keeping you connected with the world around you. Enjoy a vehicle offering ease of use at every step, from your smartphone's Digital Key to the automatic tailgate function. Bask in the 3 Series' beautiful design, not only its finely crafted exterior, but also its interior touches like a glass roof that regulates airflow per the individuals in the vehicle, ensuring everyone can dictate the climate that makes them comfortable.
It's hard to argue with the beauty and luxury offered by BMW, but impossible to argue with the performance provided in the 2019 3 Series. Learn more about the 3 Series, or book a test drive, with the team at Edmonton BMW-Edmonton's premier luxury vehicle destination.