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Smooth and powerful six-cylinder turbo makes the right noises and tops off the excellent new 3-series range very nicely

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BMW 3-series

The BMW 3-series' outstanding performance and handling complete a consummate all-rounder

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2 March 2012

Another BMW reviewed, that's 3 in "front page" list of 10. Surely there's other cars out there.

 

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2 March 2012

Having already found a five-star rating Autocar a going to flog this range to death.

ACB

2 March 2012

If the pictures are of the car that you tested, then presumably some of the £12k in extras is for ludicrously large wheels and ultra low profile tyres which in turn explains the comment on lots of raod noise?

Why do BMW and Audi keep supplying cars for you to test that they have ruined by adding stupid wheels?

2 March 2012

I like alot. But £49k for a 3er. Jesus when did this happen? Although I think sub-£40k with a couple of choice options makes this very desirable.

2 March 2012

As much as we'd all like a naturally aspirated straight six with a proper manual 'box, this doesn't seem half bad.

2 March 2012

[quote ACB] Why do BMW and Audi keep supplying cars for you to test that they have ruined by adding stupid wheels?[/quote]

I guess it's because it reflects what the majority of customers want.

I am continually impressed by BMW's power/mpg figures; 40mpg and 300bhp? Yes please.

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2 March 2012

[quote thebaldgit]Having already found a five-star rating Autocar a going to flog this range to death.[/quote]

I hear where you're coming from, but I'm glad they're testing the 6-cylinder as the character is likely to be very different from the 4 and this could attract a lot of enthusiast interest in its own right.


2 March 2012

Wonderful car but I'll wait for the big oil burner thanks.

I always get the impression that people who moan about positive BMW reviews either don't realise just what good cars they are or do but can't afford one. Sad.

2 March 2012

So.

Does this car feature the expensive/compulsory trick suspension option?

When are we going to get a review of a 3-series without it?

2 March 2012

It's nice but the price is outrageous for a 3 series. When on autotrader, a 61 plate 730d is going for les than 45k, I know where my money would go

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