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For The engine gives a fine blend of efficiency and performance, with tremendous flexibility at low revs. On top of dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers, Luxury models get leather seats and larger alloys.

Against When the SE-trimmed car is so well equipped, there seems little point in spending the extra on this higher trim.

BMW 3 Series Saloon

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

The BMW 3 Series 320d Luxury has one of the best engines in the range, but we can't see the point in buying anything dearer than SE trim.

What Car? readers say

4


Key facts

0–60mph
7.5 secs
Top speed
146 mph
Average mpg
62.8
Tank range
768 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 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

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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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This was my first BMW and I had high expectations given the WhatCar rating and the brand image of the car. However, I have to admit to be slightly…

Chris Shepherd

3 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

Must say I'm disappointed overall with my first BMW Coming to the end of a 3 year lease /75000 miles on this car and it's very average at best for…

john shackelton

3 out of 5 stars
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