Is the BMW 3-Series still the car to beat?
There are serious alternatives to the mighty BMW 320d. Question is: do you dare to be different?
Posted: 11 Jul 2012
Which means that the choices become stark. The CC is fairly easy to ignore. If you want a German saloon that's not a BMW, then you're better off just going for one of the usual suspects from Audi or Merc. The Evoque is just too slow in 148bhp format, even though the 2WD chassis is perfectly capable and the styling supermodel-worthy. And, although I'd love to be brave and go for the really quite fabulous DS5, the ride quality means it gets relegated to joint second with the Evoque. Which leaves the mighty BMW 320d. A car whose overarching spread of talents hands it the win, no matter how far you cast the net. There are viable alternatives out there, but when it comes down to it, BMW still has the bases covered.