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BMW 3 Series
The Top Gear car review:BMW 3 Series
Running costs and reliability
The BMW 3 Series will be a fine car to own, especially if you go for the £32,220 ED Plus Auto which combines 161bhp and 280lb ft with 99g/km and 74.3mpg - figures only recently matched by the Jaguar XE. Not that the other models are fuel hungry, the 320d still promising over 65mpg on the combined cycle. Just bear in mind that in practice 50mpg is what you should expect.
Considering the advances made in terms of drivability, design and overall feelgood factor, prices starting at £25k surely make it a bargain. The 3 Series has it all — and as the range continues to expand further, the competition will have to work its socks off to get anywhere near. Especially as the facelift has made it better still.