For the best part of the past year, my daily driver has been a BMW 3 Series saloon. It is a fine-looking car for the simple fact that it has nice proportions, no fussy lines and an overall coherence to it. Many a time I have turned for another admiring glance after parking it.

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I’d say the same of the 4 Series Gran Coupé and the 2 Series Coupé - two more BMWs penned around the same time that also get a nod of approval for similar reasons.

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The latest generation of BMW design arrived with the 7 Series a couple of years ago. That car was okay but not pretty, a bit brash in places and not worth an admiring glance back across the car park.