You might open your eyes a little wider at the sight of the full five stars here, but any fewer would be a perverse choice. Across the board from a 316 SE to It is not to say that the BMW 3 Series has turned into an awful car, in fact it is far from it, with its abilities still revered throughout the world. The difference between its launch in 2012 and the cars entering 2018 is that there is new young competition in the shape of the Jaguar XE and the Alfa Romeo Guilia, and BMW will to up the ante if it plans on putting these newcomers back in their place.

 

The 320d is in a league of its own on performance, economy and driving dynamics