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The Top Gear car review:BMW 3 Series
For:Almost all of it, from the way it drives to the styling, engines, even the auto ‘box
Against:The 1.5T is better in theory than in practice
What is it?
That sharply-cut nose is already a familiar sight on the UK’s roads, despite the latest BMW 3 Series only actually being launched a few years ago. The F30 range is broad, with umpteen engines, trims and even a four-wheel drive version, dubbed 3 Series xDrive (which now outsells the Audi A4 quattro).
BMW rolled out a new facelifted 3 last year to help it tackle the surprisingly fierce challenge from the Jaguar XE and Audi A4. Visual changes are minor but there’s an almost entirely new engine range and a lift for the interior.