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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
20 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 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.

  • 320d Modern 4dr

    pete simms , . Date: 26/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    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 seems Good points: Looks good, its a BMW Outstanding fuel economy 70mpg on long journeys Comfy seats

    Bad Points: Very noisy road noise, need to turn up radio even at 40 Thin hard steering wheel, cheap plastic bulbous airbag cover Cheap interior, feels like a Kia. Example hard plastic on the door pulls, central console in some tinny silver Lid on cig lighter is hard to lift, then gets stuck under the top and you have to hook it back down with a fingernail No satnav? instead you can stick a cheap unit with trailing wires to the screen - very executive I cant get the temperature to link. I have to twiddle one knob, then the other to get both zones the same. Engine 320d has no top end, it changes up at 4250 rpm. Seats all manual in operation - very 70's

    In summary, its not for me, it feels well behind Merc/ Audi, who have really got the interior quality sorted, esp the steering wheels, soft chunky leather. But as an economy car, its a good idea, as its basic and cheap to run. So if I was not obsessed with the last word in comfort, it would be a good choice.

  • 325d M Sport 4dr

    Cliff Beeston , . Date: 18/04/2014
    • 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
      53

    My car

    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 required criteria. Yes, slightly more fuel consumption(best i'm getting is around 53 mpg not using Sport mode), but very, very happy with this one and looks more attractive with the twin exhaust!!!

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