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.