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BMW 3 Series Saloon 2011‑2015

4.7 (38 reviews)
38 reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon 2011‑2015
BMW 3 Series saloon

The Auto Trader verdict:

4.6/5
The march of the BMW 3 Series continues. Every area has now been honed, but it’s the ride, refinement and economy which have gone to another level.


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BMW 3 Series

Marc1995 | 5th August '18

The entry level performance BMW...

I have owned my 328i for 8 months now, and it has been an absolute pleasure to live with. My particular beemer has the maunal gearbox, which is very rare (only 72 manual 328's sold in the UK)

The car looks great, and i get compliments on a daily basis. It drives fantastic, particulalrly in "Sport" mode. The steering is very precise and sharp, and the throttle response is instant. In sport mode there is virtually no turbo lag either.

It has the same engine as the standard 320i, but with a few tweaks by BMW to make it produce 245bhp instead of the measly 184 in the standard car. It makes a huge difference to the driving experience, while being relatively cheap to to tax and run, because its still only a 2-litre.

In fact it's actually faster than a more expensive, 6 cyclinder 330i, due to it weighing nearly 200kg less and having better weight distribution. (Engine is behind the front axle in the 328i, making it technically mid-engined)

I have recently had mine remapped, it now has over 310bhp and 470nm of torque,

Not bad for a 2.0L engine.

As for the more mundane stuff, Its spacious enough for 4 people with luggage, the fuel economy isnt bad (about 35-40 mpg on average) and it is loaded with safety features and technology as standard.

Mine came with front and rear parking sensors, sports suspension, the iDrive on board computer, cruise control, air con, aux/usb input , automatic wipers and headlights all as standard, and it was the most basic model!

To sum up, this is easily the best all round version of the 3 Series, it ticks all the boxes for me.

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

Andy | 17th April '18

3 litres, £115 road tax, 46mpg average and performance that comes at you like a freight train on steroids. What more can I say. How do BMW produce such power and torque so smoothly and effortlessly with such great economy. Cheaper to run and tax than my old 1.0 Yaris. Makes me smile every time I drive it. First BMW and won't be the last.

4.5/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

Steve | 7th April '18

This is a truly amazing car, highly practical carrying four adults in comfort, the reliability is exceptional, performance is breathtaking and the runnings costs just astounding when you consider the performance the car delivers, The driving experience is something that you need to experience , the four wheel drives gives the added feeling of confidence and safety, and is a pleasure to drive.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

haitch | 1st September '17

after owning a more c220, then switching to this that I've looked at for years it does excite me every time I drive it, the sport box grumbles and would give a 911 a good race, top say it was only 2/3 seconds slower than a m3, so mine is fully loaded and so so happy, centre console could be bigger and hand brake would be useful on stop/start, but other than that all good, run flats are better, just eats up the road and would say "is that it" a real driving machine except all my female friends and family prefer the mere but you have to understand this is a drivers car as they say. looks great sounds great drives great it is great. buy one if you dare.

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Theo | 16th August '17

Beautiful car to drive. Grips to the road and has decent power. £30 road tax is a bonus and for a lot of town driving I do I get a return of 40MPG. Only downside is that for such a big car it lacks a bit of power hence why I would get a 330/335D next time around. Apart from that definitely recommend it and a nice drive.

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

Funtime56 | 22nd May '17

I have a 320i luxury automatic. I love it.

I have owned two 3 series before, (06 & 08 plates) this car is far far better than the others. Previously I owned a 13 plate Audi A5. God it was shocking.

This car is a great place to be when driving, the pedal are in the right place, all of the controls are exactly where you would expect them to be.

I've only given 4/5 for running costs, but it's a 2l petrol so what do you expect. I was surprised just how much nicer a petrol car is to drive than a diesel one is.

All in all. A top notch car.

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Adamski1066 | 27th December '16

Owned my 64 plate 320D Sport a couple of months and still in my honeymoon period, but having owned 2 older 3 series in the past, this latest model way exceeded expectations and light years ahead of others I've driven.

At first, was a little intimidated how big the car is, its seems quite a bit longer than the previous models. However within minutes found parking a doodle, with its excellent visibility and parking sensors with distance-indicator on the display screen. I was pleasantly surprised with the size of the boot, it fits my 5 year olds bulky car seat in the boot as well as full weeks shopping.

The drive is lovely, whether your taking it gentle in eco mode on a long cruise [averaging 62 - 65 mpg] or stick into sport mode and watch the mph needle shoot up in no time. Around town in comfort mode average 42- 45mpg.

My car has the 8 speed automatic, which is silky smooth and has to be one of the best in the business. A feature I really like is the iDrive computer and on a long drive, it keeps my child entertained as she likes scrolling through the various screens and see what songs are playing. The DAB radio is decent, and sound is pretty awesome when its cranked up. Also flattering how many people say how lovely the car looks.

Would 100% recommend this car, gave this car 4 stars on running costs, a] had a slow puncture and no reputable tyre center would repair it as run-flats - so cost £150 to replace. b] due to ridiculous dealership servicing costs and constant attempts of up-selling, made worst when dealing with their snooty, uneducated, incompetent and ignorant staff at my particular local Hailsham dealership [hopefully your local dealership are more professional and not jumped up spivs - rant over!]

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

NathanF | 18th November '16

BMW 320D Sport F30 184BHP. Great drivers car. Plenty of power when needed and great economy. Wonderful BMW build quality.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

beamer | 13th November '16

I bought this car as I wanted something a bit more powerful then a 320D and less then a 330D so went for this 325D 2.00ltr engine but 213bhp it averages 45 to the gallon driven sensible but a great all round car.

Although the spec is not as good as the 330D about the same as the 320D as I have owned 2 330D one was X Drive both loaded with kit as standard apart from that the 325 diesel is as good as any BMW handles well and in M Sport apart from the lowered body no complaints.

My only gripe is that when you pay for the service plan it stays with the car not transferable as any other extras like alloy wheel and tyre protection not transferable and they come at a premium like some rivals they come free over 3yrs.

My other gripe is the stop start system so annoying especially in town driving or slow traffic it does not make a fuel saving and must surely cost when starting the engine at least you can over ride it with the on off switch other then that the car is the best I have had the pleasure to drive and own

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

beamer | 13th November '16

I bought this car as I wanted something a bit more powerful then a 320D and less then a 330D so went for this 325D 2.00ltr engine but 213bhp it averages 45 to the gallon driven sensible but a great all round car.

Although the spec is not as good as the 330D about the same as the 320D as I have owned 2 330D one was X Drive both loaded with kit as standard apart from that the 325 diesel is as good as any BMW handles well and in M Sport apart from the lowered body no complaints.

My only gripe is that when you pay for the service plan it stays with the car not transferable as any other extras like alloy wheel and tyre protection not transferable and they come at a premium like some rivals they come free over 3yrs.

My other gripe is the stop start system so annoying especially in town driving or slow traffic it does not make a fuel saving and must surely cost when starting the engine at least you can over ride it with the on off switch other then that the car is the best I have had the pleasure to drive and own

4.8/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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