What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 3 Series saloon?
The Audi A4 has long been a thorn in the side of the BMW 3 Series, because it drives nicely, is very refined, comes with loads of kit and has a big boot. The interior is very high quality, although the infotainment system for pre-facelift versions doesn’t look quite so flash. It does work well, mind you.
In terms of pure premium clout, few cars are better than the Mercedes C-Class in terms of brand recognition. You won’t enjoy driving your C-Class as much as a 3 Series, but it is very fuel-efficient. Particularly with a four-cylinder diesel under the bonnet.