2019 BMW 330d verdict
With a new six-cylinder diesel engine under the bonnet, the BMW 330d promises pace with palatable running costs...
There’s no doubt the 330d’s straight-six diesel is the best engine we’ve yet experienced in the 3 Series. Not only is it rapid and refined, but we also saw well over 40mpg on the trip computer without too much effort at all. For a 3.0-litre engine, that’s not bad at all.
But let's be sensible for a second. The 320d isn’t exactly what you’d call slow, emits up to 20g/km less CO2 and is nearly £3000 cheaper, assuming you want an automatic gearbox. Furthermore, no standard 320d breaks the £40,000 mark, while all 330ds do, increasing your yearly car tax. That’s enough to keep the 320d as our recommended version, even if we’d be sorely tempted by the 330d.
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here
Read our full BMW 3 Series review
What Car? says...
Rated 5 out of 5
2019 BMW 330d M Sport specification
Price £41,565 Engine 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel Power 261bhp at 400rpm Torque 428lb ft at 1750-2750rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 5.5sec Top speed 155mph Fuel economy 47.9mpg (WLTP) CO2/tax band 133g/km, 32% (NEDC)
Best pick-up trucks 2023
The best pick-up trucks are tough and dependable working vehicles that can serve as practical family cars at the weekend. These are the best pick-ups available in the UK (plus one electric model)
Used Honda Civic long-term test
Earlier this year we named the Civic as our Family Car of the Year, but now we're seeing if it continues to impress when we put it through the toughest test of all: daily life