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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

    Azher Hussain , Essex . Date: 01/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    Excellent drive. My first 3 Series, I think it's safe to say I am converted. Very economical and drives beautifully. Good handling too.

  • 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

    Dan Post , Hampshire . Date: 17/04/2012
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    The 2.0 diesel is disappointingly noisy and rough sounding, but it has plenty of performance, with very impressive midrange punch. The 6 speed gearbox is also a delight, with a short throw, positive shift quality, and a complete absence of any slack or freeplay in the linkage.

    Fuel economy is good, but nowhere near the claimed 69 mpg combined figure. I get around 53 mpg in mixed driving, and on a long run in ideal traffic conditions can get around 60 mpg. The claimed 69 mpg is not achievable in the real world, and the computer is naughtily optimistic by about 8% calculated brim to brim.

    The interior is superb, with a lovely mix of textures and good quality materials. The seats are comfortable for long trips, and there's enough of a range in driving position that both me (6ft 2) and my wife (5ft 4) can get perfectly comfortable.

    Good spec even without the options list being raided. Cruise, iDrive, keyless start, dual zone climate, parking sensors etc etc. The adaptive suspension is a must though - without it, the handling really isn't anything special. Roll prone, and very lazy on turn in for a BMW. An E90 on standard suspension runs rings around a similarly equipped F30.

    Sadly, I am already questioning the car's reliability. The wiper self park packed up, and the auto function stopped working. Also, the stop/start disable feature no longer works. Dealer is investigating tomorrow, but disappointing on a near £30k car with < 2500 miles covered.

    Good car overall

  • 320d Sport 4dr

    David Baker , Hertfordshire . Date: 11/04/2012
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    This is our fourth 3 series and replaces a 325D M Sport. The 320D engine isn't as smooth as the six cylinder diesel and is slightly noisier at low speeds; however it seems to have just as much performance and the new car is delivering at least 10 mpg more. The first motorway run resulted in 58.5 mpg on the computer with 70 mph cruising. The suspension on the latest model is far more forgiving than our previous car, even with the optional 18" wheels fitted; the suspension is also quieter as it deals with the bumps. The new 8 speed automatic gearbox is superb and very responsive. The interior is comfortable (especially the sports seats) and far more stylish than the previous model; it remains very easy to use. The car is usefully roomier inside and in the boot but BMW still haven't given it enough interior storage space although the glovebox is a better size. The fussy cupholder and tray arrangement was obviously someone's good idea but really doesn't work. A folding rear seat and DAB radio should be standard. However the dealer eventually came up with a good deal and has been good to deal with. I did try to look at an Audi A4 for a comparison but the dealer was totally disinterested so I didn't bother. We are very pleased with our new 320D.

BMW 3 Series Saloon

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