What used BMW 3 Series estate will I get for my budget?
Prices for a used BMW 3 Series Touring start at around £26,500 for a 2019 car from a franchised BMW dealer. Rarer six-cylinder models can be found for £36,000 in 330d form, or £42,000 or more for the mildly mental M340i.
You'll need to budget at least £37,000 for the more sensible plug-in hybrid, but this should change in the future when all those bought as company cars filter through to the second-hand market.
In the real world it’ll be the diesels that make the most sense for higher mileage users. The 318d sips the least fuel at 58.9mpg, while a non-xDrive 320d does 57.6mpg (the xDrive 320d gets 54.3mpg). The larger capacity 330d should manage 50.4mpg, with the M340d getting marginally less at 44.8mpg.
Car Tax (VED)
This generation of BMW 3 series will be charged under the current flat rate fee road tax system, but you may have to pay attention to the spec of your 3 Series because some versions bust past the £40,000 limit, so higher-spec versions could be a lot more expensive to tax than lesser ones. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
It’ll cost you more to service a 3 Series than it would to maintain an equivalent Audi A4. You can split the cost up into monthly payments of £25 for the BMW, but an Audi would be less expensive at £19.50. However, you’ll be spending less than someone driving a Mercedes C-Class, because that’ll set you back £35 or more a month, depending upon the length of the plan and the mileage you cover.
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