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
We'll start gently with something in the same vein as the BMW, though with a slight coupe-ish twist: the VW CC. Now in its second generation - with new VW-generic headlamps and tail lights grafted on - VW's four-door Comfort Coupe offers a more luxurious take on the Passat engineering staple, gently lifting the Vee-dub's aesthetic score while retaining all the heartwarming perceived reliability and parts-bin fixability. Think saloon version of the Scirocco/Golf equation. The GT Bluemotion 2.0TDI 170 we have here weighs in at £105 over our £30k budget, but comes loaded with kit, and represents the shallow end of avoiding the Big Three gene pool.