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BMW 3 Series
The Top Gear car review:BMW 3 Series
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Let’s start by looking at the outside, which is longer than before. It’s a big gain, but it only translates into an extra 15mm of extra knee clearance for those in the back. Disappointing though that sounds, it’s enough to make a difference, the rear cabin now airier and more able to contain six-footers (it’s certainly class-competitive, something older 3 Series could never claim). The boot volume’s a pretty decent 480 litres.
But it’s the driving environment that most impresses. The materials have been carved into interesting shapes on the dash and console and there’s ample optional equipment for you to shake your wallet at - pleasingly though, sat-nav is standard on all. It’s even more tactile and better quality with the facelift, and the fiddly cubby by the gearlever is now a proper sliding tray.