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For The BMW 3 Series delivers strong performance, excellent economy, fine handling and a luxurious and spacious cabin.

Against It’s not as refined as some rivals, and you have to add the optional adjustable suspension to make it ride and handle as it should.

BMW 3 Series Saloon
44 5stars

If you choose the right version and add the right options, the BMW 3 Series is one of the best executive cars around.

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3.9

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There are 49 BMW 3 Series versions available

Saloon 316i ES 4dr £23,555 TBA
Saloon 316i SE 4dr £24,405 TBA
Saloon 316i Sport 4dr £25,405 TBA
Saloon 316d ES 4dr £25,575
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 316d SE 4dr £26,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i SE 4dr £26,570
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 316d Sport 4dr £27,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i Sport 4dr £27,570
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 318d SE 4dr £27,675
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i xDrive SE 4dr £28,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 318d Sport 4dr £28,675
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr £28,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d SE 4dr £28,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i Luxury 4dr £29,070
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i xDrive Sport 4dr £29,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i M Sport 4dr £29,570
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 328i SE 4dr £29,770
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d Sport 4dr £29,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 318d Luxury 4dr £30,175
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d EfficientDynamics Busines 4dr £30,175
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d xDrive SE 4dr £30,275
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 325d SE 4dr £30,575
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i xDrive Luxury 4dr £30,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 318d M Sport 4dr £30,675
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 328i Sport 4dr £30,770
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320i xDrive M Sport 4dr £31,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d Luxury 4dr £31,275
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d xDrive Sport 4dr £31,275
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d M Sport 4dr £31,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 328i Luxury 4dr £32,270
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 328i M Sport 4dr £32,770
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d xDrive Luxury 4dr £32,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 325d Luxury 4dr £33,075
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 320d xDrive M Sport 4dr £33,275
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 325d M Sport 4dr £33,575
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 330d SE 4dr £33,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 330d xDrive SE 4dr £35,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 330d Luxury 4dr £36,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 330d M Sport 4dr £36,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 335i Luxury 4dr £37,760
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 330d xDrive Luxury 4dr £38,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 335i M Sport 4dr £38,260
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 330d xDrive M Sport 4dr £38,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon ActiveHybrid 3 SE 4dr £40,685
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 335d xDrive Luxury 4dr £41,020
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 335d xDrive M Sport 4dr £41,520
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon ActiveHybrid 3 Luxury 4dr £43,185
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon ActiveHybrid 3 M Sport 4dr £43,685
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon M3 4dr £56,190
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 3 Series range has 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 auto, 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.

xDrive models come with an advanced four-wheel-drive system that can send power to the front or rear axle. It works well and doesn’t hurt fuel economy or CO2 emissions by too much. However, unless you really need it, we’d save the extra you have to pay for it.

Reader test team says:

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

320d Efficient Dynamics, Business Edition, 7 speed Automatic gearbox, Dakota leather interior, Lumbar support, Electric towbar This is my second new…

Paul Hearn

2 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

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…

Mark Jones

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d Modern 4dr

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…

pete simms

3 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Saloon 325d M Sport 4dr

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…

Cliff Beeston

5 out of 5 stars
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