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.
What Car? says
If you choose the right version and add the right options, the BMW 3 Series is one of the best executive cars around.
What Car? readers say
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There are 60 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 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:
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…
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…
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…
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…