The BMW 3 Series comes with a level of standard equipment that reflects well against its premium competition from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes. However, more mainstream rivals such as the VW Passat offer more.
An entry-level SE trim comes with sat-nav as standard (which is an extra on the Audi) as well as dual-zone climate and cruise controls, rear parking sensors, 17in alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, plus automatic lights and wipers.
Our preferred trim is ED Plus, which adds leather interior and heated front seats. ED Sport models add 17in wheels as well as sport seats to this.
Standard Sport models also some with sports seats and a sports multifunction steering wheel, while Luxury adds leather upholstery and larger 18in wheels. M Sport versions have a more aggressive-looking bumpers and sports suspension and M Sport 18in wheels. The M3 takes the sportiness even further with bespoke adaptive sports suspension and flared wheelarches containing 19in wheels, along with luxuries such as unique M Sport electric seats with Marino leather.
There are a host of optional extras for the 3 Series range, which include the latest technology items such as adaptive LED headlights and driver’s head-up display, along with trim enhancements such as wood, aluminium, or carbon interior finishes.