BMW 3 Series review

Category: Executive car

Section: Interior

BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 dashboard RHD
  • BMW 3 Series 2021 COTY
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 rear tracking RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 dashboard RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 rear seats RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 infotainment RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 front seats RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 wide front tracking shot RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 static front right studio RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 left studio RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 rear left studio RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 boot open RHD
  • BMW 3 Series 2021 COTY
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 rear tracking RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 dashboard RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 rear seats RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 infotainment RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 front seats RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 wide front tracking shot RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 static front right studio RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 left studio RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 rear left studio RHD
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 boot open RHD
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The driver’s seat is supportive and holds you in place very well when you're cornering quickly. It’s a shame that, as with most BMWs, you have to pay extra for adjustable lumbar support even on the top-spec models; it's not that pricey, though, and definitely worth adding. With a steering wheel that moves extensively up and down and in and out, plus lots of seat height adjustment, you won't struggle to get comfortable.

In fact, as you sit there with a large, well-padded armrest for each elbow to rest upon, you might think ‘perfect’ sums up the 3 Series’ driving position, but it's not quite as good as the Volvo S60's for one key reason: the pedals are offset slightly to the right. It's a problem that also exists in the Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class, and it isn’t a major blight.

There's an optional 360deg camera that offers multiple views around the car, but the image flits from one camera position to the next, as you get closer to objects. That's quite distracting when you're but centimetres away from an imposing wall – it would be more helpful if the image stayed consistent.

At night, you’ll be particularly pleased with the high-intensity LED headlights that come as standard. You can upgrade these to adaptive laser units, which are ultra-bright and allow you keep the main beams on more often; they avoid dazzling other drivers by cleverly shaping their light around any cars in front.

BMW 3 Series Saloon 2021 dashboard RHD

Sat nav and infotainment

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