1st - BMW 3 Series
Years: 2005-2012 Budget from: £2000 Our favourite: 320d EfficientDynamics
Like the previous BMW 3 Series, this model was fun to drive and offered plenty of space for the family. What changed, though, was a new focus on lowering running costs. The EfficientDynamics model that we recommend offers the best blend of performance, fuel economy and emissions; in fact, you can get close to its claimed 70mpg in real-world driving. As with any used diesel you're thinking of buying, though, make sure that its diesel particulate filter (DPF) has been well cared for and isn't in danger of clogging up.
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