- 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.
However, if you opt for the 330e hybrid model, prepare for a bit of a shock when you open the boot. Due to needing extra space for batteries, the fuel tank has been moved to over the rear axle, and this reduces load volume to just 375 litres – something that’s immediately obvious from the hump in the floor.
- 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:
- Adaptive 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