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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
    4 out of 5 stars

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BMW 3 Series (12-) Saloon
16 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    Ian Laight Date: 29/03/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    I bought my well equipped (professional nav, xenon adaptive lights, sports 8 speed auto gearbox, heated leather, privacy glass, comfort pack) 320D Efficient Dynamics as a nearly new 1,650m car. Having covered 4,000m more, overall I am very pleased. Keeping it in Eco pro mode most of the time it gives 55 mpg in mixed driving and provides a relaxed ride due to generous torque and a smooth gearbox, yet switching to sport mode the car changes its character considerably and you can then have a tail twitching time on twisty roads. Passengers comment how smooth the ride is and most peoples' initial reactions are more about the apparent size and space of the F30 model 3 series compared to previous versions. The professional nav works very well in practice, as does much of the other technology, I run my iphone through the armrest usb port and this is pretty good, although navigating between songs can be distracting at times. The adaptive headlights & main beam assist are busy but effective. My only negative comments are; 1. standard audio setup is very poor and expensive to upgrade after delivery, 2. imo the non sport seats are only adequate as they have no squab tilt or lumbar adjustment, 3. I find the 16" wheels & low rolling resistance tyres lack sufficient grip to hustle along really quickly on winding routes but I am still getting used to rwd after a 17 year period driving fwd / 4wd cars, so perhaps it is my courage that is lacking rather than absolute levels of grip!

  • 320d Luxury 4dr

    Neil Geddes , Fife . Date: 19/12/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      55

    My car

    My first BMW and it certainly lives up to the hype. I have the optional adaptive suspension and auto gearbox which results in a creamy smooth drive which can be either extremely relaxing or exhilarating depending on how you wish to drive it. For me the best points are the drive, adaptive headlights and the cabin. The worst points are the cost of optional extras, the heated rear screen and wing mirrors which take an age to clear, the reversing lights which may warn other drivers but do not light up anything and the speedo which is obscured by the steering wheel (may be the way i'm sitting). These are all minor gripes and all-in-all I am very happy with the car.

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    Earl Mckoy , Northants . Date: 11/10/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60.1

    My car

    I have had the car since April and Having had the previous 3 for a while I must say overall it is a much better car. Space & economy have been significantly improved. It is now truly a family friendly car. The only -ve's so far are:- 1) needs optional adaptive suspension to beat previous model's excellent ride & handling. 2) std radio is truly awful (if you like music get an upgrade: and while you are at it get DAB radio). Otherwise it is an excellent choice; superb quality, refined, fast and economical. Just had it's 1st service at just over 22,000 miles with no problems. BMW service has been excellent at Milton Keynes dealer. I have seen over 70mpg regularly on long runs, 60mpg at constant 80mph is normal. Overall, the best car I have owned so far.

  • 320d SE 4dr

    Frances Comerford , . Date: 20/09/2012
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Major problems with my 2006 diesel automatic - latest Turbo charger failure. Also had hydraulic unit replaced last year. Overall finish is poor. Very disappointed with the after sales and customer service - none. Expected much better reliability. You pay significantly more for a BMW - partly for the peace of mind that the car is well designed, built using the best components, built to last and with the best after sales service. This has not been my experience. Beautiful if you don't run into problems but if you do BMW does not want to know and you are in for an expensive time. I have a very different opinion now than I did when I bought the car. I had planned on buying another BMW when I was ready to change my car but will definitely not do so now and would not recommend this car if you expect a premium, reliable car for your money.

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