Which used BMW 3 Series hatchback should I buy?
The standard SE version gets 18in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB socket, rear parking sensors and a 6.5in colour screen with iDrive controller. In the summer of 2016, the specification was upgraded to include LED headlights and tail lights, sat nav and DAB radio. SE offers the best value for money and that’s why it’s our recommended spec.
Sport adds, surprisingly, sports front seats, ambient lighting, and some other chrome and gloss black detailing. Modern is more of a styling package; Luxury adds additional chrome to the outside bodywork along with wood and leather inside. Finally, M Sport gets unique 18in ‘M Star’ alloy wheels, various M Sport interior highlights and M Sport suspension.
If you don’t do many miles or you only drive in town, then the 320i is more than up to the job of propelling the 3 GT around. But, for the most part, the 320d is the best all round engine. It’s smooth and efficient, and rather quick too. If you want ultimate refinement, then the six-cylinder 330d is worth looking at, but you will have to pay a hefty premium for it, which is difficult to justify.