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The Top Gear car review:BMW 3 Series

Best in class
Overall verdict
The most complete compact exec and perhaps the best saloon of all.


Almost all of it, from the way it drives to the styling, engines, even the auto ‘box


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.

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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