BMW 3 Series review – The saloon

BMW are a hugely popular German motor group and are part of the ‘German Big 3’ in luxury car makers, along with Audi and Mercedes.

BMW has been incredibly well received over here in the UK, especially the 3-series. The 3 series was first introduced back in 1975, and comes in 5 different body styles. The 3-series nowadays have a very sporty look, and it is apparent even decades later, that it is still going strong.

BMWAs you know, BMWs are such high quality that purchasing them can be pretty pricey. Which is why you should definitely consider vehicle leasing, as it’s cheaper than buying outright, and it gives you the chance to drive a BMW that you may not have been able to afford before.

If you’re unsure which model to choose there are currently 5 models in the 3-series. First off is the Touring, which has been made with high-quality in mind, and is wonderfully practical. The Gran Turismo is incredibly spacious, super comfortable and has a very efficient engine. Then there is the X3; an extremely capable SUV with a tonne of space, whilst still managing to be comfortable and efficient. Also there is the Active Hybrid 3, which offers drivers great fuel economy without losing any performance. Finally there is the Saloon, which is our personal favourite. Spacious and luxurious, it’s a fantastic option if you’re considering personal car leasing.

Fantastic looks

Straight away the Saloon gives off a very upmarket image. The regular saloon style has been given a makeover, and now feels very sporty indeed, especially with its iconic double-kidney grille. This is further enhanced by the low bonnet and narrowed headlights. It’s hard not to be wowed by the impressive and sleek looks, and it’s definitely better looking than its predecessors. Overall a very classy looking car with style.

Great performance

If you drive a BMW then you know you’ll be getting the best performance from the engine, and very low fuel consumption, as BMW pride themselves on offering this to drivers. In our opinion, the way to go is with a diesel engine. They are smooth and quiet, and offer drivers reduced fuel costs, and are better for drivers with low-mileage. The 320d is quick and flexible and is our recommended engine. However, the BMW petrol engines will give you good performance too. All BMW engines are fun to drive, and we’re sure whichever engine you ultimately go for, you’re sure to get an exciting and engaging experience.

Agile handling

The Saloon, like all BMW cars, is incredibly fun to drive. It gives a first-rate quality drive that completely outstrips other cars in its class. It’s incredibly capable on twisty roads, and Carbuyer praises its ‘good grip, firm suspension and weighted steering’. The precise steering means that the handling is agile and it’s easy to control the car whilst still remaining very comfortable. Also, the layout is rear-wheel drive, so you can feel very solid and secure on the road.

Classy interior

We’re pleased to say that the interior of the Saloon is just as classy as the exterior, with a very luxurious feel. The cabin is sleek and simple with the surfaces covered in soft-touch plastic, and entry level versions get climate and cruise control as standard. The iDrive system also comes as standard, allowing you to control navigation, telephone, music and more. Even Whatcar? says ‘the infotainment system is the best in the business, with logical menus, clear graphics and intuitive controls.’

If that wasn’t great enough, there’s also a tonne of space, and not just for the driver. There’s lots of room behind the wheel, which comes with a wide variety of adjustments. Not only is it spacious upfront, but you can fit the whole family in with comfort and ease, with plenty of head and legroom. The boot is also a decent size, although the boot opening is a little narrow, so you may struggle to get bulkier items inside.

The Saloon is incredibly versatile, and works well as a spacious family car, or as a high-performing sports car. So if you want a car that offers great performance, with style and economy to match, then the Saloon is the perfect all-round car.

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