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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

You always feel in full control of the 3 Series, with an excellent driving position, rake and reach adjustment for the steering wheel, clear instruments and superbly comfortable seats. Buyers specifying the satellite navigation option get BMW’s iDrive system, which is slicker and more intuitive to use on facelifted models. Multi-function steering wheel controls cost £120, although they are standard on SE models.

BMW 3 Series comfort levels are impressive. Accommodating yet supportive seats contribute to excellent comfort for all occupants and work on refinement has resulted in a hushed and cosseting environment. Slight wind noise from around the windscreen at higher speeds does spoil things somewhat and the ride is a little on the firm side too. This is no problem on the motorway but on rougher surfaces the BMW doesn’t absorb bumps and potholes as well as rivals like the Mercedes C-Class.

However, there’s decent legroom for rear passengers although headroom for taller passengers is on the tight side.