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BMW 3 Series Saloon

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

What Car? readers say

3.9


Key facts

0–60mph
10.9 secs
Top speed
126 mph
Average mpg
65.7
Tank range
821 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 3 Series range has a huge selection of engines, gearboxes and trim levels, but there’s little reason to look beyond the 320d Efficient Dynamics model.

It’s quick and flexible, and the running costs are seriously impressive. If you’re a company car driver, you’ll love the low company car tax bills it commands.

The standard manual gearbox is notchy, so we’d choose the slick auto, especially because it hardly dents performance and actually makes the car more economical.

We’d also strongly advise adding the optional Adaptive M Sport Suspension. With it, the 3 Series is the best-driving car in the class; without it, the car’s dynamics are a little disappointing.

xDrive models come with an advanced four-wheel-drive system that can send power to the front or rear axle. It works well and doesn’t hurt fuel economy or CO2 emissions by too much. However, unless you really need it, we’d save the extra you have to pay for it.

Reader test team says:

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

320d Efficient Dynamics, Business Edition, 7 speed Automatic gearbox, Dakota leather interior, Lumbar support, Electric towbar This is my second new…

Paul Hearn

2 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

Ignore what others are saying about MPG. The facts after 22,000 miles are: When you are trying 80+ MPG A leisurely cruise 75+ MPG Normal long…

Mark Jones

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Modern 4dr

Odd all the magazine rave reviews: 2013 model: Having not driven a BMW for 14 years I was keen to see how they have moved on, not a lot as it…

pete simms

3 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 325d M Sport 4dr

Last year had the 320D version, but wanted more ooomph with added engine refinement through the gears with manual transmission. This now meets all the…

Cliff Beeston

5 out of 5 stars
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