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
24 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 320d Efficient Dynamics Plus 4dr

    Mohamed Ghoorun , Lancashire . Date: 31/10/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    I have a 2012 BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics. What can I say - it's a fantastic car in every way. Bought it high mileage at 95k - some say it is a risk, but it has a full service history and I am more than happy with it. It has all the extras you could have (auto gearbox, sat nav etc) but really could do with DAB (as I love listening to BBC Asian Network). It's economy is amazing and though not brilliant with short journeys in my role as a community nurse, it is excellent on motorways with regular trips that I do between Manchester and Liverpool, Birmingham and London. I cannot see me moving from BMW again. I have driven two BMWs before, and also Audi, VW and Toyota. There is no compassion - this is the ultimate driving machine and I absolutely lov it, and will be sticking with BMW for the future :)

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics Plus 4dr

    Earl Mckoy , Northants . Date: 19/10/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60.4

    My car

    The car has has now done 123000 miles in nearly 4 years (in March 2016). It has been excellent in terms of reliability and economy. as per my previous review, the main strengths are space, comfort, handling and economy: it is a wonderfully satisfying drive. I always come out feeling relaxed but impressed. There are some negatives still though: (1) no DAB (when I bought mine, now std) (2) abysmal stereo (3) some trim rattles around center console (poor plastics choice) (4) Air conditioning groans as it works (slightly annoying) (5) seats could be more supportive (6) Lights are poor and headlamp bulbs frequently blow

    I am now due a change and now am considering the 320ED sport which has sport seats but would order the upgraded stereo and headlights: Also considering the new Audi A4 sport or S-line, it won't be as good a drive, but comes with a decent stereo, seats, phone integration is way better, and has decent headlights as std (It seems CO2 is slightly better too).

    Despite the above Overall, the 3 feels like it has just been run-in. I wouldn't hesitate buying it second hand. White metallic was also a good choice of colour. Still has been one of the best cars I've had due to a superb drive.

  • 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

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