The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has been crowned What Car? ‘Best Compact Executive
Car’ 2012. This is the seventh consecutive occasion that this mile-muncher has claimed
the title - and this year the 320d SE took the honours. But why? The 3 Series is, inevitably,
a tremendous all-rounder. The handling is a constant source of joy, the ride is composed,
it has reassuring safety features, and enough gadgets to make life comfortable. It also
has 'that' badge bolted to the front - and this alone virtually guarantees years of happy
Chas Hallett, What Car? Editor-in-Chief, said: “The new BMW 3 Series is great to drive,
with sharp steering and a well judged chassis. But the biggest gains (compared to the old
model) are in efficiency; it delivers 60mpg and CO2emissions so low that it falls into the
cheapest thirteen per-cent company car tax band for diesels. It’s a convincing winner of our
Executive Car of the Year award.”
Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, added: “It is a testament to the quality and
refinement of the BMW 3 Series to win this prestigious award for seven consecutive years.
To have this consistent recognition - across the generations - for all of the hard work that
goes into producing BMW’s core model is a great honour.”
Prices for the new BMW 3 Series start at £22,695.