BMW 3-series - At a glance car review
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.
Great to drive, good emissions, industry leading diesel engines, BMW’s Connected app and technology
Equipment levels not always great, though navigation is standard across the range
Audi A4, Jaguar XE, Mercedes C-class
Alfa Romeo Guilia, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50
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.