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Latest reviews

We have 3 reviews of recent BMW 3-Series models:

  • Devastatingly adept super saloon is flawed and brilliant

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £78,175 - £100,215

    PROS

    • Brilliant to drive
    • Fairly practical
    • Compelling engine

    CONS

    • Very expensive BMW 3 Series
    • Controversial styling
    • Aurally not exciting
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  • The BMW 3 Series is still the best compact executive saloon

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    New price: £31,375 - £51,000

    PROS

    • Wide range of engines and trims available
    • Looks good inside and out
    • Great fun to drive while still comfortable
    • High-quality interior with lots of tech

    CONS

    • Options can make it quite pricey
    • Some tech doesn’t work as well as in rivals
    • Firm and fidgety ride on M Sport models
    • Not much else
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  • A brilliant all-rounder that's great to drive with some clever practicality features

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    New price: £32,875 - £52,500

    PROS

    • Great to drive yet comfortable
    • Lots of smart design touches
    • High-tech throughout
    • Wide range of trims and engines

    CONS

    • Non-premium rivals carry more
    • Not all of the tech works perfectly
    • Expensive, especially with options
    • Slightly bland and confusing interior
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Older reviews

Saloon (5 reviews)

2012 - 2020

  • Despite its age it remains a compelling all-rounder

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    Used price: £4,349 - £62,155
    PROS
    • Engaging handling regardless of engine
    • Comfort isn’t spared for agility
    • Generous equipment levels
    • Performance/efficiency balance
    CONS
    • Interior doesn’t feel as premium as some rivals
    • Ride can be unsettled without adaptive dampers
    • Cabin isn’t the roomiest in this segment
    • Wide range of expensive options
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  • Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    Used price: £18,724 - £41,534
    PROS
    • Engaging performance
    • Muscular stance
    • Communicative handling
    • Family car practicality
    • Manual gearbox standard

     

    CONS
    • Very expensive 3 Series
    • Interior lacks drama
    • ‘Piped’ exhaust sound

     

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2005 - 2013

  • Solid, desirable used saloon

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £964 - £10,700
    PROS
    • Great to drive
    • Decent level of standard kit
    • Premium image
    • Superbly built, refined interior
    CONS
    • Expensive for what it is
    • Firm ride
    • Not as reliable as you'd think
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1998 - 2006

1991 - 2001

Estate (4 reviews)

2012 - 2020

2005 - 2013

1998 - 2006

1991 - 2001

Hatchback (3 reviews)

2012 - 2020

  • Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £6,400 - £34,178
    PROS
    • More boot space than a 3 Series Touring
    • Distinctive looks
    • Fantastic interior space
    CONS
    • Those distinctive looks will not be to everyone’s taste
    • Not as fun to drive as a 3 Series saloon or Touring
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1998 - 2006

1991 - 2001

Coupe (5 reviews)

2005 - 2013

  • Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £1,322 - £13,638
    PROS

    Great choice of efficient engines, supreme handling, beautifully styled, sophisticated and refined cabin

    CONS

    Firm ride, some expensive options, tight legroom in rear

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  • The M3 gains a V8 - and loses weight

    Parkers rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
    Used price: £9,443 - £29,289
    PROS
    • Ultimate driver's car
    • Purposeful styling
    • Sublime V8 engine
    • Standard leather and sat nav
    CONS
    • High running costs
    • Hard ride
    • Fairly plain cabin
    • Many abused examples for sale
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1998 - 2006

1991 - 2001

Convertible (4 reviews)

2005 - 2013

1998 - 2006

1991 - 2001

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