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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

BMW 3 Series safety is extremely good. Run-flat tyres help the driver stay in control of the car if there's a punctures and the 3 Series can run for 150 miles at up to 50mph with a 'flat'. Six airbags are standard, including twin front and side airbags plus full-length head airbags while Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which includes traction control is also included.

Six-cylinder models are offered with DSC+, which adds additional features such as Brake Standby, which primes the brakes when it detects the driver suddenly lifting off the throttle and Hill Start Assist which holds manual versions on a gradient allowing the driver to pull away without rolling backwards.

The BMW 3 Series practicality arsenal has many weapons. The car has a slightly larger boot than its predecessor and it is also available with a luggage compartment package which includes a 20-litre sliding drawer beneath the parcel shelf. It can be used for files, a laptop computer or other items weighing up to 5kg. It's important to note that folding rear seats don't come as standard so if you want to carry larger objects such as bicycles you'll have to specify them as an option.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Saloon (05-11).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Edition ES equipment

Edition ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Edition ES optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors

Edition M Sport equipment

Edition M Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Edition M Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers

Edition SE equipment

Edition SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
Edition SE optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
ES optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors

EXL equipment

EXL standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
EXL optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport Business Edition equipment

M Sport Business Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
M Sport Business Edition optional equipment
None available

Performance Edition equipment

Performance Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
Performance Edition optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint

SE Business Edition equipment

SE Business Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Business Edition optional equipment
None available

SPP equipment

SPP standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
SPP optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW 3-Series Saloon (05-11) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.