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
21 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 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.

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    john shackelton Date: 30/10/2013
    • 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

    My car

    Must say I'm disappointed overall with my first BMW Coming to the end of a 3 year lease /75000 miles on this car and it's very average at best for me The good are Good driving dynamics Solidly built It's been very reliable Reasonably economical.....early 50's mpg The bad are Very little kit for your money unless you spec it up Seats are appalling.....no support laterally and plenty of movement when you go round a corner...even with lumbar they are shocking.... Boring image I think compared to what you can get for your money elsewhere this isn't value for money Currently looking at a volvo s60 business edition which has extras over the 320ED and has a much lower list price and more kit as standard for your money To summarise the bmw just didn't give me the wow factor and wasn't all that.....or it could be that other car company's have caught up and raised the bar even but somehow it wasn't the ultimate driving machine for me at all

  • 335i Luxury 4dr

    Tim Beard , . Date: 11/09/2013
    • 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
      34

    My car

    ACTIVEHYBRID 3

    Bought 12 months old and with 6k on the clock. The activehybrid 3 is a fantastic city car with the electric motor adding 10% -15% improvement in economy and more power as with F1 Kers ! Underated by the press who live in fantasy land, in the real world the activehybrid is a 335i auto with limo like luxury and a softer ride which suits it's city use speed bumps and pot holes are handled with the standard suspension far better. boot space the boot floor is just 1 inch higher at the rear which is totally negligable you lose the two under floor storage pockets "big deal!"

    It's a brilliant to drive super quite and smooth on electric.

    It weighs the same as a 335i with 1 extra passenger wow. big deal

    yes new they make no sense but secondhand they're a total bargain

    Bought mine for the same price as a similarly speck'd 328i 320d crazy !

    extra 2 year warranty on the hybrid parts and at £425 5 year servicing it's a total no brainer at under £30,000........

    Brilliant only BMW can make a hybrid which is faster than the standard car.

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