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Overall reader 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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BMW 3 Series (12-) Saloon
19 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 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!!!

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    Chris Shepherd , Greater London . Date: 23/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      59

    My car

    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 disappointed. Firstly, shouldn't the doors close with a pleasing clunk rather than a bang, such as they did on the VW Passatt I had prior to my car being delivered?! In addition, the air con is loud and the fans rattle - they have checked them several times now and have told me they're fine. And whilst on the subject of noise, I have never known such a loud engine. I appreciate it's a diesel but surely there must be a way to dampen the sound. The car might be quite quick but I'm reluctant to push it because of the racket it makes when I do. The road and wind noise on the motorway is also extremely intrusive, so much so that people have commented on it when they've been in the car with me. I think BMW are relying on image to sell their cars. When my company car is due for renewal I will consider my choice more carefully.

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