For The BMW 3 Series delivers strong performance, excellent economy, fine handling and a luxurious and spacious cabin.
Against There’s a bit too much wind noise and you have to add the optional adjustable suspension to make the 3 Series ride and handle like it should. The four-cylinder petrol engines aren’t the sweetest around.
If you choose the right version and add the right options, the BMW 3 Series is as good as is gets for compact executive buyers. It's our reigning Executive Car of the Year.
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No matter what type of performance, equipment or running costs you want, there’s a 3 Series for you. That means there’s a huge selection of engines, gearboxes and trim levels, but there’s little reason to look beyond the 320d Efficient Dynamics model.
It’s quick and flexible, and the running costs are seriously impressive. If you’re a company car driver, you’ll love the low company car tax bills it commands.
The standard manual gearbox is notchy, so we’d choose the slick automatic, especially because it hardly dents performance and actually makes the car more economical.
We’d also strongly advise adding the optional Adaptive M Sport Suspension. With it, the 3 Series is the best-driving car in the class; without it, the car’s dynamics are a little disappointing.
I bought nearly new with just over 1000 miles on clock. I have had BMWs stretching back over the last 25 years and all were an improvement on previous…
I bought my well equipped (professional nav, xenon adaptive lights, sports 8 speed auto gearbox, heated leather, privacy glass, comfort pack) 320D…
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…
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…
If you’re a company car driver, then the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics is the perfect 3 Series for you, but private buyers should stick with the standard 320d and enjoy the 3 Series at its brilliant best.