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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 27 - 48 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Specify a small engine or a diesel and drive carefully and you'll get plenty of MPG. Residuals are good and servicing is variable with use. Belt about in a big petrol unit and you'll guzzle juice and scoff tyres.

3-Series is quite a polluting model. With an average of 202 g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are a touch high for a medium-sized estate. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

The range is not particularly economical, averaging 35 mpg.

Excellent reliability in the main - occasional niggles but unlikely to be anything that won't be quickly sorted by the dealer.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £205 - £330
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Insurance group 25 - 35
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