New BMW 3 Series: All you need to know - The competition
Here, we rate all the cars in the compact exec sector.
Alfa Romeo 159
Alfa will stop making the 159 early next year, so you can get big four-figure discounts on the car now. Would we buy one? No.
Here's why: Alfa Romeo 159 review
Alpina takes the current BMW 3 Series and makes it a bit better.
Find out more: Alpina D3 review
We'll be driving the updated A4 at the end of this month, but you can see what we think of the current car by clicking the link below.
Audi A4 review
Audi A5 Sportback
Coupe-like looks and a practical boot? Sounds pretty good. It's pretty average actually.
Audi A5 Sportback review
Infiniti G Series
If your pockets are deep enough, the G37 saloon is a fast compact executive that’s a bit left-field.
Infiniti G Series review
The IS scores well in some respects, but in key areas it falls well short of the best cars in this class.
Lexus IS review
The C-Class is a successful blend of Mercedes values with a more contemporary edge.
Mercedes C-Class review
A distinctive and cheaper alternative to its German rivals, but not up to their high overall standards.
Saab 9-3 review
The S60 is a well-rounded and appealing alternative to its German rivals. It scores particularly highly for safety and comfort.
Volvo S60 review