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BMW 3-series - At a glance car review


Make: BMW

Model: 3-series


The aspirational company car, BMW’s 3-series has continued to grow in volume terms as quickly as the German brand has filled out the range. The Coupe and Convertible models now bear the 4-series moniker, along with a five-door Gran Coupe model, but the 3-series range still includes saloon, Touring estate and a larger Gran Toursimo model, as well as petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid models, xDrive four-wheel drive and, of course, the 431hp M3 at the very top of the range.

CCT positive:

Great to drive, good emissions, industry leading diesel engines, BMW’s Connected app and technology

CCT negative:

Equipment levels not always great, though navigation is standard across the range

Main rivals:

Audi A4, Jaguar XE, Mercedes C-class

Interesting alternatives:

Alfa Romeo Guilia, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50

CCT says:

The achievable aspirational company car, the 3-series is available in such a range of body, engine, trim, transmission and drive options that there is a car for everyone. The 330d and 335d models in particular are stunning for performance and efficiency, and the 44g/km 330e plug-in hybrid is proving predictably popular. And only Jaguar’s XE can even get close to the 3-series’ handing and all-round driver enjoyment.

BMW 3-series front

BMW 3-series rear

BMW 3-series grille

BMW 3-series side