BMW 3 Series Review

For decades, the BMW 3 Series has been a leader of the compact executive class, boasting high performance and impressive efficiency. There is a huge range of options available with trim levels and engine types to cater to every need. The main rivals of the 3 Series include the Mercedes C-Class, the Audi A4 and the Jaguar XE, while the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia provide more affordable alternatives.

Driving

BMW is a manufacturer renowned for creating cars which offer an incredibly enjoyable driving experience, and the 3 Series is no exception. We are spoilt for choice with engine options, from basic and economical four cylinders to turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol and diesel models.

The 3 Series is not quite as comfortable on rough roads as the A4, nor is it as quiet as the C-Class, but it boasts enthusiastic acceleration and impressive handling and it is hard to deny that the saloon is more fun to drive than its competition.

Practicality

While the 3 Series is classed as one of the smaller BMWs in the range, there is plenty of head room and leg room for the driver and all passengers and the boot is also significantly spacious in comparison to rivals, such as the C-Class and XE.

Interior

The interior of the 3 Series seems well built and has an upmarket feel. All models come with Bluetooth, DAB radio, an emergency call feature and a 6.5-inch satnav as standard. The minimalist dashboard is tidy and the media system is easy to use.

Cost

Even the most powerful versions of the BMW 3 Series, like the 335i and the M3, offer competitive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions compared to rivals, so running costs are reasonable.

The BMW 3 Series will always be a good choice of executive saloon. It is practical, efficient, relatively cost effective and those who really appreciate driving certainly will not be disappointed.