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BMW 3 Series Saloon

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Introduction

Since first unveiled by BMW back in 1975, the magnificent 3 Series has gone through six generations, won numerous awards and become the manufacturer's best-selling model. The new sixth generation models arrived in showrooms in early 2012 to a rapturous reception. Smart looking, powerful and a true pleasure to drive, this compact executive car is simply the best in its class.

With a staggering 39 models available, the 3 Series offers the perfect ride for every driver. With a choice of saloon, wagon, GT, high-roof five-door, coupe and hardtop convertible, BMW's signature model is a masterclass in dynamic engineering.

Engine Choice

The 3 Series has a choice of six or four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines, all equipped with the latest BMW Efficient Dynamics technology. That means three things: power, control and efficiency. With turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engines, the 320i and 328i are the best balance of aggression and economy, whereas the 320d offers the most dynamic driving experience. The 3.0-litre 335i is bullet fast and handles superbly.

The near future sees the production of a 3 Series with a hybrid engine leveraging transmission from two electric motors to deliver predicted fuel savings of 20 percent.

Exterior

Despite being a car most often associated with the serious world of business, the 3 Series is impressively stylish. The sixth generation 3 Series is a sharper, sleeker vehicle with dual front grills, a wide air intake and flowing body contours designed to reduce air resistance. Across the 39 different models, the appearance of the body kit varies slightly with the M Sport standing out as a particularly attractive model with lowered sports suspension. Alloy wheels come as standard on all 3 Series models.

Interior

Well laid out and with plenty of room, the cabin of the new 3 Series is superb. The wonderful fit and finish are part leather in the entry level models but as you get higher up the price list you'll enjoy a luxury full-leather interior. The central control console is easy to use and even the most basic models include Bluetooth, climate control and a great infotainment system all controlled by the brilliant iDrive system. Optional dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and automated windscreen wipers and lights give more expensive models an extra touch of class. An extra-large boot makes the 3 Series a surprisingly versatile car.

Drivability

The 3 Series is an absolute pleasure to drive. The Dynamic Stability Control makes handling sublimely responsive and cornering smooth. The optional adaptive suspension dramatically increases the agility of the car and is a must. Out of the blocks, the 3 Series accelerates quickly, particularly the higher spec models like the 335i Luxury. With an exceptionally comfortable driver's seat and an ergonomically designed interior, the whole driving experience is near perfect.

Efficiency

One crucial aspect of the 3 Series that helps it stand head and shoulders above the competition is its superb fuel economy. Across the board, each model of the 3 Series offers fantastic miles per gallon but the 320d Efficient Dynamics model delivers the best performance at a staggering 70mpg. The carbon emissions are very low, making the car even more attractive to business users and the environmentally conscious alike. Even better, the popularity and longevity of the 3 Series makes resale values high, meaning that when it's time to sell you can expect a good return on investment.

Safety

The safety standards of the 3 Series are second to none. With a total of six airbags throughout the cabin, in the event of a collision, you and your passengers are very well protected. Dynamic Stability Control comes as standard and incorporates ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Cornering Brake Control, ensuring when you hit those breaks you stop quickly, safely and under control. Euro NCAP were pleased to award the 3 Series a five-star rating in industry standard crash testing.

Version Model Trim

Saloon 316i ES 4dr

Saloon 316i SE 4dr

Saloon 316i Sport 4dr

Saloon 316d ES 4dr

Saloon 316d SE 4dr

Saloon 320i Efficient Dynamics 4dr

Saloon 320i SE 4dr

Saloon 316d Sport 4dr

Saloon 320i Modern 4dr

Saloon 320i Sport 4dr

Saloon 318d SE 4dr

Saloon 320i xDrive SE 4dr

Saloon 318d Modern 4dr

Saloon 318d Sport 4dr

Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr

Saloon 320d SE 4dr

Saloon 320i Luxury 4dr

Saloon 320i xDrive Modern 4dr

Saloon 320i xDrive Sport 4dr

Saloon 320i M Sport 4dr

Saloon 328i SE 4dr

Saloon 320d Modern 4dr

Saloon 320d Sport 4dr

Saloon 318d Luxury 4dr

Saloon 320i xDrive Luxury 4dr

Saloon 318d M Sport 4dr

Saloon 328i Modern 4dr

Saloon 320i xDrive M Sport 4dr

Saloon 320d Luxury 4dr

Saloon 320d M Sport 4dr

Saloon 328i Luxury 4dr

Saloon 328i M Sport 4dr

Saloon 330d SE 4dr

Saloon 330d Modern 4dr

Saloon 335i Modern 4dr

Saloon 330d Luxury 4dr

Saloon 330d M Sport 4dr

Saloon 335i Luxury 4dr

Saloon 335i M Sport 4dr

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