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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5


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... read more


Roomy, quick, pleasure to drive


Popular equals common, pricey

Audi A4 Saloon (00-04)

4 out of 5 4.0

When Audi set to work on the second generation of the A4, its priorities were to increase interior space and improve driver appeal. The firm succeeded on both counts, creating a real rival to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It has handsome looks, superb build quality, beautifully presented interiors and a wide choice of highly... read more


Good image, neat styling, comfortable


Not particularly cheap

Saab 9-3 Saloon (02-11)

3 out of 5 3.0

The Saab 9-3 saloon is a car styled after an aeroplane. The Saab brand has always appealed to buyers looking for something a little different to the mainstream and the 9-3 is a prime example. It's less obvious than a BMW for instance and has an air of understated style about its looks while still retaining a premium reputation. Sadly the model is... read more


Offers something different from the mainstream, good engines, decent value, comfortable


Starting to look and feel dated, uninspiring to drive, cramped rear seats

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