BMW 3 Series review

Category: Executive car

Section: Introduction

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  • BMW 3 Series interior dashboard
  • BMW 3 Series interior rear seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior infotainment
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  • BMW 3 Series alloy wheel detail
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  • BMW 3 Series interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior driver display
  • BMW 3 Series interior detail
  • BMW 3 Series interior detail
  • BMW 3 Series 2022 boot open
  • BMW 3 Series front right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series rear cornering
  • BMW 3 Series interior dashboard
  • BMW 3 Series interior rear seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior infotainment
  • BMW 3 Series right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series front cornering
  • BMW 3 Series rear right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series front tracking
  • BMW 3 Series front right static
  • BMW 3 Series rear right static
  • BMW 3 Series alloy wheel detail
  • BMW 3 Series headlight detail
  • BMW 3 Series interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior driver display
  • BMW 3 Series interior detail
  • BMW 3 Series interior detail
  • BMW 3 Series 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The BMW 3 Series has always done the business for business people – it's a well-built, sporty, rear-wheel-drive executive car. That basic concept remains very much at the heart of this seventh-generation model.

The 3 Series saloon is a thoroughly modern proposition, too. You have the option of four-wheel drive – xDrive in BMW speak – along with a range of strong yet efficient petrol and diesel engines to suit most tastes and budgets. There's also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, which should slice chunks off your company car tax bill and can officially run on electric power for up to 37 miles.

FAQs

  • It depends on your needs. The BMW 1 Series has a more practical hatchback tailgate at the back to make loading the boot easier, but the 3 Series is far better to drive and has a more extensive range of powerful engines. Read more here

  • We’d say the 3 Series is worth buying over the Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class if you value driving. However, there are a number of lower tax electric or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) alternatives for company car users to consider. Read more here

  • In the executive car class, the entry-level 3 Series costs significantly more than the Skoda Superb, a little more than the equivalent Audi A4, a little less than the Mercedes C-Class Estate, and a lot less than the all electric Tesla Model 3. Read more here

  • We’d recommend going for the M Sport trim with the M Sport Pro pack in order to get the best ride. Company car drivers should opt for the 330e plug-in hybrid for the lowest company car tax bills, whereas private buyers ought to go for the 320d because it’s efficient and drives really well. Read more here

  • It's certainly a premium option in the executive car class, but we'd regard the BMW 7 Series as the luxury car choice in the BMW range. Read more here

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,684
Target Price from £37,854
Save up to £1,684
or from £463pm
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Nearly new deals
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Leasing deals
From £466pm
RRP price range £38,990 - £57,985
Number of trims (see all)8
Number of engines (see all)5
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions 188.3 - 58.9
Available doors options 4
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £986 / £4,218
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,972 / £8,435
Available colours