Used BMW 3 Series 2019 - present review

Alternatives

2019 BMW 3 Series front cornering - black
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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.

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Verdict

The current BMW 3 Series still a bit pricey compared with rivals to be considered the best used executive buy, but it’s well-equipped, really good to drive, practical and very economical

  • Sharp steering
  • Superb body control
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Interior not as well finished as Audi A4
  • Lumbar support was an expensive extra
  • Rather firm ride, especially on M Sport models