Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Surprisingly spacious interior
  • Large, well shaped boot
  • Four adults should fit comfortably

The 3 Series may appear quite compact, but there’s more space inside than you might expect. Two adults fit comfortably in the front, while there’s a surprising amount of space in the rear. While it’s quite a low car to get into, the rear doors are quite big, and there’s a good amount of headroom and legroom. A fifth passenger will struggle in the middle seat due to the transmission tunnel, but most of the time the rear seats of this kind of car will rarely be in use. One thing to note is that on cars with black headlining, it can feel quite dark in the back.

The 3 Series may look bigger than the previous car, but the dimensions are largely similar, and it’s surprisingly manoeuvrable in tight car parks and narrow city streets. It makes it very easy to drive, and with standard-fit parking sensors all-round and a reversing camera, it’s easy to judge the extremities of the car.

The boot offers 480 litres of space, which is on a par with the Audi A4 Saloon. However, the Audi’s opening is a touch more useful as it’s squarer in shape, but the BMW (when fitted with the extended storage option) has more useful nets and pockets to the side of the load area. The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 split if you want to load larger items.

However, if you opt for the 330e hybrid model, prepare for a bit of a shock when you open the boot. Due to needing extra space for batteries, the fuel tank has been moved to over the rear axle, and this reduces load volume to just 375 litres – something that’s immediately obvious from the hump in the floor.


  • BMW Active Guard comes as standard
  • More safety kit can be added optionally
  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

The 3 Series scored the full five-star rating when tested by Euro NCAP, with a near-perfect score of 97 per cent for adult occupant protection - a really impressive result. Scores of 87 per cent in both child and pedestrian safety are also very strong showings, as is a 76 per cent score for Safety Assist.

As standard, the 3 Series comes with Active Guard Plus which consists of front collision warning with brake intervention and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and speed limit assist, while airbags throughout boost the safety kit count. As an optional extra, buyers can add the Driving Assistant Professional pack, which bundles together a long list of driver assistance and safety equipment:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic speed limit assist
  • Front cross-traffic alert
  • Crossroads warning and city braking function
  • Evasion aid
  • Lane-keeping assistant with active side collision protection
  • Steering and lane control assistant
  • Wrong-way warning

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport Plus Edition equipment

M Sport Plus Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Sports seats
M Sport Plus Edition optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

M340d equipment

M340d standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
M340d optional equipment
None available

M340i equipment

M340i standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
M340i optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Metallic Paint