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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

Cabriolet power comes from a wide range of engines. Only the 318i feels as though it doesn’t belong in this line-up. 320i is offers the best mix between performance and affordability. 325i and 330i are fine engines. Two diesel engines: 320Cd and 330Cd. Both have lots of power at low revs and make realistic alternatives to their petrol counterparts. And they’re rather frugal, too.

This generation of 3-Series Cabriolet has grown up, but is still one of the best driving machines you can buy and there are still plenty of kicks to be had. Like all BMWs, it’s rear-wheel drive, but it’s not as tail-happy as previous models. Offers a safe and well-balanced yet still sporting drive, particularly the more potent Sport models.