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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6


4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Three familiar trim levels for most 3 Series models
  • All come generously equipped with lots of kit
  • Easy to add even more kit from the options list

The 3 Series range is made up of familiar SE, Sport and M Sport trims, while the M340i xDrive and M3 models will be models in their own right.

Standard BMW 3 Series saloon equipment

The range kicks off with the 3 Series SE, coming with:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Three-zone climate control
  • BMW Live Cockpit Plus with 8.8-inch infotainment screen, sat-nav, BMW Online Services, Bluetooth, DAB radio and Connected Package Plus (featuring Apple CarPlay, Microsoft Office 365 and Concierge Services)
  • Cruise control
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera

The 3 Series Sport builds on SE, with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Gloss black exterior window trim
  • High gloss black bumper trims
  • Larger fuel tank (59 litres)
  • Heated front seats
  • Sports seats in the front
  • Leather upholstery

The 3 Series M Sport comes with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with larger 12.3-inch display and Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • M Sport exterior styling with sportier looking bumpers, sills and grilles
  • Black interior headlining
  • M Sport leather steering wheel, braking system and suspension
  • Leather upholstery with M Sport seats and heating for the front seats

BMW 3 Series equipment

Optional BMW 3 Series saloon extras

BMW has bundled a lot of options into packages for the 3 Series.

SE Plus Package – adds black Sensatec upholstery, heated seats and increased fuel tank size for SE models

Technology Package – Head-up display, enhanced Bluetooth (for two phones) and wireless charging and BMW gesture control

Visibility Package – BMW Laserlights with automatic high beam

Premium Package – electric glass sunroof and electric front seats with memory function

M Sport Plus Package – adds 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive M suspension, high-gloss exterior trim, M seat belts, small rear spoiler, M Sport braking system and M Sport differential to standard M Sport spec

Comfort Package – keyless entry, extended storage, heated steering wheel and automatic tailgate

Other options that can be added individually include alternative dashboard trim. Various leather seat colours, automatic parking with 360-degree cameras, Harman Kardon stereo upgrades and infotainment upgrades for lower-spec cars.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Saloon.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint


4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • BMW Active Guard comes as standard
  • More safety kit can be added optionally
  • Expected five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

As standard, the 3 Series comes with Active Guard Plus which consists of front collision warning with brake intervention and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and speed limit assist, while airbags throughout boost the safety kit count.

As an optional extra, buyers can add the Driving Assistant Professional pack, which bundles together a long list of driver assistance and safety equipment:

  • Active cruise control
  • Automatic speed limit assist
  • Front cross-traffic alert
  • Crossroads warning and city braking function
  • Evasion aid
  • Lane-keeping assistant with active side collision protection
  • Steering and lane control assistant
  • Wrong-way warning

Interior & boot space

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Surprisingly spacious interior
  • Large, well shaped boot
  • Four adults should fit comfortably

The 3 Series may appear quite compact, but there’s more space inside than you might expect. Two adults fit comfortably in the front, while there’s a surprising amount of space in the rear. While it’s quite a low car to get into, the rear doors are quite big, and there’s a good amount of headroom and legroom. A fifth passenger will struggle in the middle seat due to the transmission tunnel, but most of the time the rear seats of this kind of car will rarely be in use. One thing to note is that on cars with black headlining, it can feel quite dark in the back.

The 3 Series may look bigger than the previous car, but the dimensions are largely similar, and it’s surprisingly manoeuvrable in tight car parks and narrow city streets. It makes it very easy to drive, and with standard-fit parking sensors all-round and a reversing camera, it’s easy to judge the extremities of the car.

The boot offers 480 litres of space, which is on a par with the Audi A4 saloon. However, the Audi’s opening is a touch more useful as it’s squarer in shape, but the BMW (when fitted with the extended storage option) has more useful nets and pockets to the side of the load area. The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 split if you want to load larger items.

BMW 3 Series rear view

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the BMW 3-Series Saloon compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A4 Saloon 480 litres
BMW 3-Series Saloon 480 litres
Jaguar XE 450 litres
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon 335 litres

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