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BMW 3-Series Saloon review

1991 - 1998 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £14,295 - £27,975
Road tax cost £325
Insurance group 25 - 33
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 368 - 586 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Image; smooth six cylinder engines; great to drive


Not much standard equipment; limited rear legroom; less exclusive than some rivals

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Blueprint for the smaller executive car in the ’90s, combining quality and driver appeal from the 316i right up to the exhilarating M3. Not as cheap to run as a Mondeo or Vectra – but choosing a 3-Series is more about style and status. It does not disappoint in any key areas, and its desirable image is holding up well despite being replaced. It’s a real driving machine that’s still in demand, so prices remain high for the best examples.