Often, when people discover I like cars, the responses follow a similar theme: “That’s nice - but what a shame you can’t enjoy driving anywhere these days because of all the traffic/speed cameras/idiots on the road.”

Sometimes, if the respondent is especially keen to wind me up, or a particularly avid Guardian reader, they’ll add a snide remark about how much they are looking forward to autonomous cars arriving to take all the stress out things, too.

Perhaps, as you’re reading Autocar, you probably get the same? And, perhaps, you too think it’s a load of nonsense - not just for sports car lovers, but for everyday motorists as well.

New BMW 3 Series launched with renewed driver focus

That much was made most emphatically today at the Paris motor show, when the new BMW 3 Series was unveiled with the statement that it will, even in entry-level form, be the best car in its class to drive.

Now, what 'best' means is open to interpretation. Certainly, BMW isn’t looking to emulate the on-the-edge grin-and-hang-on thrills of an Alfa Romeo Giulia, and there’s a suspicion that they believe the Jaguar XE has sacrificed a little too much elsewhere in order to be so dynamically entertaining.