The BMW 3 Series leads the charge in the premium executive class. Its primary appeal is in the way it drives, with handling that’s guaranteed to really put a smile on your face. It’s also economical in 320d form and well equipped, with the best infotainment system in its class. It’s roomy, too, so the only real criticism is an abrupt edge to its ride – particularly in range-topping M Sport form.get the best price
Brings an even more aggressive look, although you’re not getting a whole lot more than added style for your money with 18in wheels and digital instruments being the main equipment upgrades. The ride is firm on standard M Sport suspension, so think about deselecting this (it’s a no-cost option) or adding optional adaptive M Sport suspension, which should make things smoother.
This four-cylinder petrol engine provides punchy performance but needs working harder than the diesels to access it.