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Driving

Price (on the road)

Β£27,800-Β£45,975

Target Price (cash)

Β£25,521-Β£42,204

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Adaptive M Sport suspension
  • Driver’s seat lumbar adjustment
  • Split-folding rear seats

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Β£290.95-Β£491.79/month

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Engines

335d xDrive Step Auto
The quickest diesel version offers effortless grunt and amazing straight-line performance. Six-cylinder engine is both smooth and efficient, bearing in mind the performance it offers.
330d Step Auto
Uses a six cylinder in-line diesel, which delivers fantastically rorty mid-range performance despite good real-world economy, even if it can’t quite match the refinement of some of its rivals. Comes as standard with the excellent automatic gearbox, and can be specced up with four-wheel drive. Fast enough to hassle plenty of sports cars, and to make the even more muscular 335d seem unnecessary.
320d
Not as smooth as the equivalent A4 diesel, but offers great performance and fuel economy. If you want to maximise emissions and economy we’d recommend the ED version instead.
320d
Not as smooth as the equivalent A4 diesel, but offers great performance and fuel economy. If you want to maximise emissions and economy we’d recommend the ED version instead.
318d
We are yet to try out this variant
316d
We are yet to try out this variant
340i
Ultra-smooth six-cylinder engine is very relaxing to drive. An excess of power means it is great when cruising and very quick when driven hard. As with most of the 3 Series range, it’s quicker and more economical when you swap the manual for an automatic gearbox, but will still be relatively pricey to run.
330i
Despite the badging, it still uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Gives good performance with a decent spread torque throughout the rev-range for effortless progress combined with comparatively reasonable fuel consumption if driven carefully. Works best when combined with the eight-speed automatic.
320i
Relatively smooth engine that delivers reasonable low-rev shove. Performance is brisk when you rev it hard, but this takes its toll on fuel consumption. The eight-speed automatic transmission shows this engine at its best.
318i
Relatively smooth for a three-cylinder petrol, but needs to be revved hard to avoid stalling when starting off. Delivers adequate rather than brisk performance when worked hard, but fuel consumption suffers as a result.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

38.2-65.7 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

114-168 g/km

VED Tax band

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

480 litres

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