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9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW 3 Series

£26,575£43,765
Best in class
9/10
Overall verdict
The most complete compact exec and perhaps the best saloon of all.
 

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

Overview

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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
335d xDrive M Sport 4dr Step Auto
4.8s 145g/km 51.4 313 £41,865
The cheapest
318i SE 4dr
8.9s 124g/km 52.3 136 £26,575
The greenest
330e SE 4dr Step Auto
6.1s 44g/km 148.7 252 £35,565
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