BMW 3 Series Saloon

The BMW 3 series has been with us since 1975 and February 2012 saw the launch of the F30, the sixth version of the most important car for BMW, it accounts for nearly a third of all BMW’s sold. A 2015 facelift made minor changes with new headlights and reprofiled front and rear bumpers, the headlights feature LED daytime running lights on all editions and all models now come with a built in Sat Nav and upgraded suspension. This, the largest 3 series ever, is not a radical departure from the previous model but the designer was definitely looking over the shoulder of the person that carved the current BMW 5 series. The new 3 series is an improvement over the outgoing model, lighter, sharper styled, larger inside with a bigger boot and a better level of standard equipment.

 

The BMW 3 series is only available to mobility customers in either ‘SE’,  Sport, the M-Sport and Luxury are all deemed way beyond the motability pricing cap, if you have the extra cash then there are a myriad of extras you can add to your SE or Sport, which as standard has the BMW iDrive that controls the Bluetooth telephone, USB audio interface connected to the free-standing 6.5″ Control Display with built in Sat nav, you also enjoy cruise control, multi function leather steering wheel with reach and rake adjustment, leather gear-knob and handbrake, two zone automatic air conditioning, rear parking sensors, 17″ alloy wheels, a start stop button and all round electric windows. The Sport trim adds to the standard SE trim bits of chrome around the car and additional sport detailing as well as sports seats.

 

The entry-level engine is the three-cylinder 318i, marking the first time such a motor has been offered in a 3 Series. It’s the same 134bhp 1.5-litre unit as in the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer, and can reach 62mph in 8.9 seconds and return 51.4 miles per gallon. The 320i has now been removed from the Schme. If you need an auto the new 8 speed automatic gearbox has received rave reviews for its smoothness and fuel economy, this gearbox is available on both engines. BMW have struck gold again with the 3 series, it is the new standard that other cars will be judged by, now if only they would stop pulling out in front of me.

Summer Best Buy – BMW 3 Series 318i 1.5 litre petrol SE or Sport Manual  –   £1699 Advance Payment (£645 wpms)

 Summer Best Buy – BMW 3 Series 318i 1.5 litre petrol SE or Sport Automatic  –   £2199 Advance Payment (£1145 wpms)