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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The driver’s seat is the place to be in a Beemer. Front seats are comfortable and the driving position adjusts to fit all and feels suitably sporting too. Good view of the road ahead. Materials are of a high quality adding to the impression it’s special.

Rear seats are not the biggest and there’s not a huge amount of legroom, but they’ll cope well enough with children. Ride is firm on the sportier models, but noise levels are well suppressed. Interior materials are top notch for this age of car. Fair to say it’s a cut above the average.