Used BMW 3 Series 2005 - 2012 review

What is it like?

(2005 - 2012)
BMW 3 Series (05 - 12)
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What's the used BMW 3 Series saloon like?

In most respects, the BMW 3 Series that was introduced in 2005 is like every iteration of the 3 Series before it – rear-wheel drive and great fun to be behind the wheel of, with agile handling and a finely balanced chassis.

The big difference with this generation was a growing focus on the car’s green credentials and major improvements on the practicality front. It was, really, the first 3 Series to have proper space in the back seats, and the boot is big enough to be really useful, for business professionals and growing families alike.

BMW’s clever foresight of incoming emissions legislation lead to some very frugal and tax-efficient models, such as the 320d Efficient Dynamics, which managed to blend 184bhp turbodiesel punch with sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.