BMW 2015 F30 330d/335d X Drive Review

Published on 12 November 2021 at 21:35

2015 BMW 330d/335d X-Drive Car Test Drive

Sports-car pace combines with frugal running costs in the F30 generation of BMW's 330d and 335d

The first F30 330d M Sport arrived in early 2012. With a 3-litre single-turbo straight-six pushing out 245bhp and a gutsy 413lb ft of torque, it wasn’t afraid to stretch its legs. A 0-62mph dash is dealt with in 5.6 seconds while a sustained motorway cruise can return an impressive 50mpg. the 330d has been joined by the even more potent 335d derivative in the E90 and F30 3-series – it’s the F30 versions we’re focusing on here. 

Lighter on fuel, and on its feet - in all but the most dour of conditions - the rear-wheel drive 330d is the sensible choice. The 4x4 335d’s all-weather talent and brawnier performance does hold justifiable appeal especially when you realise the scope for tuning.

Specialist Birds can find an extra 71bhp and 58bhp from the 335d and 330d respectively. Much more alarming are the great wodges of torque that can liberated; pushing total torque to an R8 V10 Plus dwarfing 546lb ft in the 335d, that’s 133lb ft more than the German supercar. 0-62mph is slashed by a full second into supercar territory, with the 335d making the dash in 3.9sec. Do you still have a downer on diesel?



Both motors branch from the N57 family of aluminium constructed, straight -six common-rail turbodiesels with variable-geometry turbocharger(s). By-and-large the pair are sound units and wholly sympathetic towards a remap, but some of the peripherals can develop niggles, particularly if the car is constrained to a town domain and short trips. 

High miles keeps these cars healthy — 20k a year is the sweetspot. BMW specialist Kevin Bird ( says the DPF can need changing out if the car isn’t given a good hustle on a regular basis. Budget £2000 for a new one. Rough running and leaks are often caused by the plumbing of the turbo(s) weakening over time, a problem amplified by the aforementioned short journeys and stop-go driving.

The EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve commonly fails and is prone to capitulate at any mileage. ‘The issue is by no means unique to these cars,’ says Kevin, ‘but it’s another potential bill – around £500 to fit a replacement.’ A gruffness from the engine accompanied by misfires will indicate a sticky valve that's due for replacement.

Most cars will still be covered under the original three-year manufacturer’s warranty. Upon it expiring, a third-party warranty is worth mulling over. The BMW-approved Mondial Scheme, available for any car with a full BMW history and under 60K miles is recommended by many. The most risk averse can opt for the full coverage at £100 a month, but it can be tweaked to cover specific parts. Alternatively, Kevin suggests putting a few thousand pounds aside to account for a rainy day.


The eight-speed ZF ‘box is a benchmark in contemporary automatic transmissions and offers little cause for concern. A small proportion of owners have raised issues when selecting first and reverse, sensing a jolt, courtesy of a faulty mechatronic valve body, but it’s not often you should meet this problem.

Should you do decide to ramp up the power with a remap, ponder a Quaife limited-slip differential conversion for the 335d XDrive to rein in the new found horses (£1890 fitted).

Suspension, steering, and brakes

There’s nothing major to be aware of here, just keep your wits about you for any odd knocks and creaks on the test drive as you would on any other car. A sportier suspension setup is offered by Birds to upgrade either the passive or active setup (around £1800 fitted, plus £200 if the car has adaptive dampers). Before all else, Kevin suggests swapping out the runflat rubber for a set of Continental Sport Contact 6s.

Body, interior, and electrics

With the oldest cars still hardly at pensionable age rust should be no issue, but be sure to check for indicators of crash related repairs, including poorly aligned panel gaps, mismatched colors between panels, overspray, etc. As a modern car it's jam-packed with all sorts of gizmos so have a play and make sure they function to propose — even more meticulously if the car is out of warranty!


2015 BMW 335d xDrive Specs & Fuel Economy
The 335d xDrive model is a manufactured car, which is produced and distributed by BMW. This 335d xDrive automobile version has been sold from 2015 year. The total weight of the curb is 1705 kg or 3759 lbs. The efficient car engine reaches a maximum peak output power of 230 kW or 313 PS or 308 HP @ 4400 RPM Meanwhile, the maximum torque of this BMW model is nearly 465 lb-ft or 630 Nm @ 1500-2500 RPM The 335d xDrive model goes from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph in – seconds) in about 4.8 s or 0-60 mph in about 4.6 s . The 335d xDrive model by BMW is also capable of reaching the impressive maximum car speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph. This excellent speed feature is due to the available car powerful drive-train. The powerful and optimal car engine is 2993 cc or 182.6 cu in.


What is the fuel economy BMW 335d xDrive 2015?
- 5.4 l/100 km or 43.6 mpg US or 52.3 mpg UK Combined.
How fast is the BMW 335d xDrive 2015?
- Top speed 250 km/h or 155 mph.
What engine does the BMW 335d xDrive 2015 have?
- Engine type 3.0 d Inline 6-cylinders. Engine displacement 2993 cc or 182.6 cu in.
What is the drivetrain BMW 335d xDrive 2015?
- AWD.
What type is the gearbox BMW 335d xDrive 2015?
- 8-speed automatic steptronic.
How much power BMW 335d xDrive 2015?
- 230 kW or 313 PS or 308 HP @ 4400 RPM.

2015 BMW 335d xDrive technical specifications - top speed, fuel consumption figures, engine power and torque, dimensions and weights.

Specs BMW 330d M Sport (335d in brackets)
Engine In-line 6cyl, 2993cc, turbodiesel (twin-turbo)
MPG 5.4 l/100 km or 43.6 mpg US or 52.3 mpg UK Combined.
Seating 5 Passengers
Power 254bhp@4000rpm (309bhp@4400rpm)
Max torque 413lb ft@2000-2750rpm (465lb ft@1500-2500rpm)
Acceleration 0-62Mph 5.6sec (4.9sec) (claimed)

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