Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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BMW 3 Series (12-) Saloon
22 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 330d M Sport 4dr

    Sandip patel , Middlesex . Date: 17/08/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    I've just downsized from a 63 plate 530D as I found the car to be just a bit too big for all the tight car parks it has to visit plus we have a 330D Touring in the family already. I thought I would go for a brand new LCI model as I found the interior in the pre LCI to be a little lacking in quality compared to my 5 Series. Having spent a few hours behind the wheel I am quite happy to say that the car is absolutely fabulous. I added quite a few extras as I felt that a high end 3 Series had to be full of toys. Mine has adaptive suspension, HUD, professional navigation, professional hifi and LED headlights. The interior is a lovely place to be although the plastic around the gear stick is a little cheap looking for my taste. The sports seats are comfortable and you do have the overall feel that you are in an expensive car. The car rides very well in comfort mode and the engine is very smooth. Initial economy has been excellent and the car has been turning heads everywhere it goes. Most will go for the excellent 320D (i've had 2 before) but the 6 pot is an absolute corker and, budget allowing, put a huge grin on your face

  • 320d xDrive Sport 4dr

    Dave Stanley , . Date: 25/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    My first BMW after numerous VWs and I have to admit to being disappointed. Its an average car, not a great one the way the reviews seem to suggest. The plus points: The auto gearbox is really quick for a conventional box (but not as quick as DSG) and doesn't have the low speed shut the DSG suffers. Great nav and media system ( but it's an £1800 extra) Solid, quality feel of dash and instrumentation is beautifully clear. Great long distance economy (60mpg+) Good performance. Lots of interior space Comfy seats ( but no better than the VW) Comfortable cruiser.

    The negatives: The suspension is under damped in the standard car - the demo car I drove had the optional adaptive setup and this is absolutely essential if you want decent handling.if I had the choice again I'd have paid the £800 but really you shouldn't have to. The engine is horribly rough at low speeds. The vibration when using stop/start makes me switch this off and lose the economy benefits. In town economy poor (35-40) Grip from the run flat tyres poor and negates benefits of 4wd. I will have to buy winter tyres when the snow comes.. The Sport's "leather" steering wheel feels like plastic - the MSport has a nice gripy one but that isn't available as an option on lower spec. No folding rear seats(again an extra) Tyre pressure sensor useless in winter. The BMW apps interface is awkward.

    Bottom line is there is a good car in there but you need to spend £40k to get it and there are better cars fo

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    Paul Hearn , Merseyside . Date: 02/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    320d Efficient Dynamics, Business Edition, 7 speed Automatic gearbox, Dakota leather interior, Lumbar support, Electric towbar

    This is my second new BMW after having owned a 2012 1 series, I upgraded to a 2014 3 series. What a disappointment after the fine handling 1 series!

    Positives Looks good. I'm an enthusiastic driver and the fuel economy is excellent, the vehicle regularly returns 55 mpg for local trips and in excess of 62 mpg on longer motorway journeys.

    Negatives Wind noise. The vehicle is marred by a cheap and nasty interior, the centre console on the passenger side makes an awfulness hollow noise when tapped with a finger. The standard 'aluminium look' panels feel rough to the touch and look cheap. I agree with a previous review in that the doors clang when closed, surely an upmarket vehicle should have doors that close with a solid clunk? I opted for the Dakota leather interior with lumbar support on standard seats; the seats are very hard and uncomfortable and in hindsight I should have paid extra for the sport seats as the standard seats feel like I'm sitting on a wooden bench. As for the handling, the steering wheel requires constant adjustment as the car wanders out of the lane randomly to either the left or right. The handling in a straight line is that scary that I've returned the vehicle twice to BMW and they've adjusted the rear wheel alignment and been out with me on test drives and told me it's due to the electric steering and I need to

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    Mark Jones , Lincolnshire . Date: 31/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    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 distance 70+ MPG Mixed 60+ MPG Short distance and hard acceleration 50+ MPG You can get this to 50 MPG within a couple of miles from cold. Exceptional

    As most people looking at reviews will be company car drivers, things you should know:

    It accelerates faster than most company cars (8 seconds, quite achievable) It is more economical than most company cars BIK is okay (good CO2 figures, but relatively expensive list) Standard equipment is odd, good specification in some ways, annoying in others (+ = PDC, auto lights/wipers, dual zone climate, iDrive, lowered 10 mm - = worst stereo ever, non-foldable rear seat, no storage, analogue iPod connector, 16 wheels look... well, just look at them) Standard suspension is merely adequate, weight transfer between fast sweeping bends is noticeable No LSD, so doesn't enjoy getting the back end out particularly

    If it is your own cash, buy a better spec version! If it is a choice between this and a Passat or similar FWD white good, get this.

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