Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Surprisingly spacious interior
  • Large, well shaped boot
  • Four adults should fit comfortably

How much space is there?

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.

Boot space and storage

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.

Is it easy to park?

The 3 Series is 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.

How big is it?

  All BMW 3 Series models
Length  4,709mm
Width (without mirrors)  1,829mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,068mm
Height  1,435mm

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Safety

  • BMW Active Guard comes as standard
  • More safety kit can be added optionally
  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

The 3 Series scored the full five-star rating when tested by Euro NCAP, with a near-perfect score of 97% for adult occupant protection - a really impressive result. Scores of 87% in both child and pedestrian safety are also very strong showings, as is a 76% score for Safety Assist.

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

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
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
M Sport optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport Plus Edition equipment

M Sport Plus Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
M Sport Plus Edition optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport Pro Edition equipment

M Sport Pro Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
M Sport Pro Edition optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Metallic Paint

M340d equipment

M340d standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
M340d optional equipment
None available

M340i equipment

M340i standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
M340i optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Pro equipment

SE Pro standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE Pro optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
Sport optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Metallic Paint

Sport Pro equipment

Sport Pro standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Sport Pro optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW 3-Series Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 97%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 87%
Safety Assist: 76%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.