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Used BMW 3 Series Coupe (06 - 13) review

(2006 - 2013)
BMW 3 Series Coupe (06 - 13)
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8 Mar 2010 00:00 | Last updated: 20 Sep 2018 13:17

What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 3 Series coupe?

The most direct rivals to the 3 Series Coupe are the Audi A5 and the Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

The A5 was launched in 2007 and has a similarly broad engine range to that of the 3 Series Coupe. However, rear space is tighter in the A5 and it’s not as enjoyable to drive.

The C-Class Coupe didn’t make its debut until 2011, so is still too expensive to be a rival to older, more affordable 3 Series Coupe models. It treads a similar path, though, with a mixture of frugal diesels and high-performance petrols, but like the A5, it’s not as much fun to drive.

A more left-field alternative is the Volkswagen Passat CC. This has four doors and lacks the badge cachet of the 3 Series Coupe, but its low, sweeping roofline ensures it still looks suitably stylish, and the interior has decent space for four.

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What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 3 Series coupe?

 

BMW 3 Series Coupe (06 - 13)
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Verdict

The looks are unlikely to set your pulse racing, but the BMW 3 Series Coupe is practical and great to drive.

  • Great to drive
  • Space inside for four
  • Not that exciting to look at
  • Firm ride