Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

Pretty much standard 3-Series with a few embellishments, best of which is a set of supremely supportive seats which adjust in every direction. 3-Series ergonomics are spot on and the quality doesn't disappoint. The CSL gets lashings of carbon fibre to give it that racecar feeling. CS model comes with the Alcantara covered steering wheel and handbrake, giving it a race car feel.

It's slightly less comfortable and a little noisier than a regular 320i but given the performance it looks after its passengers very well. There is no four-door version of this generation. CSL has no back seats at all unless you specify them as an option. It's also far noisier and harder riding so whilst its very thrilling passengers might not be too keen.