3 Series 2019 Awards

BMW 3 Series review

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If we start talking about the G20, you might assume What Car? has taken a dramatic about-turn and become a political animal, but we promise that’s not the case. What we're referring to is, in fact, the new BMW 3 Series, but by its BMW codename.

Now, if we had to suggest a car with the hefty weight of expectation on its roof rack, it would be the 3 Series. It’s BMW’s longest-running model and its most popular, accounting for around 30% of the company's annual sales. For that reason, there’s perhaps a reluctance to stray too far from the successful formula, so the long-running theme of a well-packaged, sporty, rear-wheel-drive saloon remains front and centre of the ethos.

As with the previous 3 Series, there are four-wheel drive 'xDrive' versions available, along with the usual range of petrol and diesel engines and a choice of three trim levels to suit your taste and budget.

The big question hanging over the 3 Series is this: is it as good, or even better than, its two chief adversaries, the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, and has it reclaimed its ‘most sporty saloon’ crown from the Jaguar XE?

Read on to find out, and then check out how much we can save you from the list price of any new executive car by checking out our latest deals.

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Trims
There are 5 trims available for the 3 Series saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
SE is the entry-level trim and comes with pretty much all that you might expect and nee...View trim
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Sport
Sport trim is our favourite, because as well as coming with sportier bumpers and larger...View trim
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£34,500
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M Sport
Brings an even more aggressive look, although you’re not getting a whole lot more than...View trim
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Sport
Sport trim is our favourite, because as well as coming with sportier bumpers and larger...View trim
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M Sport
Brings an even more aggressive look, although you’re not getting a whole lot more than...View trim
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