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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
BMW 3-Series Saloon (98-05) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £17,415 - £31,990
Used price £550 - £4,160
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £180 - £360
Insurance group 23 - 35 How much is it to insure?


Roomy, quick, pleasure to drive


Popular equals common, pricey

BMW 3-Series Saloon rivals

Written by Parkers on

In the closely fought compact executive market, one model stands out from the rest: the BMW 3-Series. It has history stretching back to the 1980s and has built a solid reputation, and is the car of choice for every young middle manager. It’s not that 3-Series lacks any serious rivals: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as prestigious; the Lexus IS will push it on reliability, while a fully loaded Ford Mondeo is better value.

But it’s only the 3-Series, with its purposeful yet conservative styling, which has struck a chord with the British. Its popularity has not weakened residuals; even with plenty of used ones about, prices are remarkably stable.

BMW 3-Series Saloon rivals

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