3 Series 2019 Awards

BMW 3 Series review

Manufacturer price from:£32,445
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If we had to suggest a car with the hefty weight of expectation on its roof rack, it would be this, the latest 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, the brand’s reluctance to stray too far from a successful formula is entirely understandable, so the time-proven theme of a well-packaged, sporty, rear-wheel-drive saloon remains front and centre of the model's 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 executive 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 New Car Buying section.

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£31,747
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SE
SE is the entry-level trim and comes with pretty much all that you might expect and nee...
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£32,881
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Sport
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£33,105
Average Saving £740
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£33,116
Average Saving £739
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M Sport
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£33,821
Average Saving £1,524
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M Sport
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£33,832
Average Saving £1,523
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Sport
Sport trim is our favourite, because as well as coming with sportier bumpers and larger...
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Fuel Diesel
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£34,250
Average Saving £765
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M Sport
Brings an even more aggressive look, although you’re not getting a whole lot more than...
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£34,316
Average Saving £2,199
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Sport
Sport trim is our favourite, because as well as coming with sportier bumpers and larger...
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Fuel Petrol
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£36,840
Average Saving £825
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M Sport
Brings an even more aggressive look, although you’re not getting a whole lot more than...
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£36,906
Average Saving £2,259
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Sport
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£39,076
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M Sport
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£39,142
Average Saving £2,303
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