For The 3 Series is good to drive and is available with a wide range of flexible, efficient engines. It’s classy and practical and the infotainment system is excellent.
Against Desirable adaptive suspension isn’t standard. The diesel engines sound gruff and the steering has an inconsistent feel.
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The 3 Series is one of the best compact executive cars you can buy. It ticks just about all the boxes so it’s a shame that refinement and steering feel is below par.
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There are 39 BMW 3 Series versions available
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 has seriously impressive running costs; 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 some versions 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. The 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 too much. Unless you really need four-wheel drive, though, we’d save some money and go for a rear-wheel-drive version.
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