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For The engine gives a fine blend of efficiency and performance, with tremendous flexibility at low revs. The BMW 3 Series 320d SE gets dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers.

Against Going for SE denies you the opportunity to choose some of the personalisation options that are available on dearer trims.

BMW 3 Series Saloon

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

The BMW 3 Series 320d SE is great to drive, cheap to run and well specified, this is the pick of the 3 Series range.

What Car? readers say

4


Key facts

0–60mph
7.5 secs
Top speed
146 mph
Average mpg
62.8
Tank range
785 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:

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3 out of 5 stars

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