The BMW 3-Series offers style and a great driving experience for what is an upmarket offering for the compact executive saloon segment. The car also has low running costs.
There's a good range of engines for the BMW 3-Series with the four or six cylinder diesel engines offering power and economy. In the pipeline is a plug-in hybrid to be known as the 330e which should return around 130 mpg while having emissions of 49g/km. Of the current models, the 320d offers economy and performance though drivers who enjoy speed and a more dynamic performance should take a close look at the 340i.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics will return 74 mpg while having emissions of 99g/km for an engine that produces 161 bhp. Of the faster diesel units, the 330d should return 57 mpg and the range topping 335d xDrive M Sport which has four-wheel-drive will return 51 mpg.
For those with a lower mileage needs then the petrol versions offer a decent alternative with the same fuel saving equipment such as brake energy regeneration and stop-start helping to boost economy. The petrol engines have four or six cylinders and a turbo charger with the 318i returning 51 mpg and having emissions of 129g/km.
The exterior of the BMW 3-Series is stylish and the upmarket driver-focused interior is impressive. The controls are easy to use and within reach and there's lots of standard equipment including satnav, climate control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio. Other models come with automatic wipers and lights and separate air con controls for the passenger and driver. As with all BMW's, there is a long options list which includes things like surround view parking cameras and head-up display.
There's a wide range of trims and models which will suit every need which is one reason why the 3-Series has been a consistent bestseller for 40 years. Those who need more space should opt for the Touring estate or the Gran Turismo hatchback.
With its rear wheel drive, the saloon offers precise steering and is good fun on country roads. All models offer good grip and help to make the car enjoyable to drive with excellent performance levels; it's a comfortable vehicle over long distances too.
Essentially, the BMW 3-Series is the best all-round offering in the compact executive car sector with low running costs and lots of driving fun to be had.
Why not have a look at the BMW 3-Series on the official UK company website and get the latest news about the 3-Series at The UK BMW Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the 3-Series on the Top Gear website.
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