Used BMW 3 Series 2012-2019 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Alternatives

2012 - 2019 review
BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
  • BMW 3 Series
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 3 Series saloon?

The obvious rivals for the 3 Series are the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Both have their merits and in their most recent guises can make for more comfortable companions than the BMW along a bumpy road, but fall short for driver enjoyment.

If that’s a priority for you, the Jaguar XE (launched in 2015) is well worth considering as an alternative to a facelifted 3 Series. It’s a great car to drive, although not as spacious as the BMW.

Meanwhile, if you're tempted by a hybrid saloon but don’t think you’ll ever bother to plug it in, a Lexus IS 300h makes more sense than a hybrid 3 Series, being more common and having a proven reliability record.

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BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
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Overview

The BMW 3 Series is stilone of the best used executive cars out there, and a superb all-rounder

  • Great to drive
  • Classy interior
  • Well equipped
  • Hard ride on M Sport suspension
  • Not cheap to buy
  • Offset pedals in manual version