The 3 Series is due to be replaced soon, but it’s still one of our favourite executive saloons and shows no sign of losing its polish. Honed over generations, the F30 3 Series was a big step forwards in terms of its comfort, interior space and fuel efficiency. The 320d remains a consummate all-rounder, returning 65mpg with hot hatch performance and a smooth nature. BMW keeps evolving it, too, adding xDrive four-wheel drive and the fantastic 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid model. This can return over 148mpg according to official laboratory figures.
Price Ј30,370 to Ј46,975 Trim levels SE, Plus, Sport, M Sport, M Sport Shadow Edition Engines 2.0 Diesel (114bhp), 2.0 Diesel (148bhp), 2.0 Diesel (161bhp), 2.0 Diesel (188bhp), 2.0 Petrol Plug-in Hybrid (249bhp), 3.0 Diesel (255bhp), 3.0 Diesel (308bhp) Engines 4-door saloon, 5-door hatchback, 5-door estate CO2 emissions 44 to 168g/km Combined fuel economy 44.1 to 148.7mpg