The BMW 3 Series has been popular since gramophones were high-tec. Why? Because
it evolves with the times and - unlike most modern music that sounds like someone
skinning a cat - this compact executive saloon has changed for the better. Want proof?
The forthcoming 320i EfficientDynamics is the most fuel efficient petrol version of all
time. It therefore averages 53.3mpg and has rock-bottom emissions of 124g/km. That is
tremendous for 170bhp saloon that hits 62mph in 7.6 seconds. This low fuel consumption
has been achieved through a series of innovations. Highlights include its optimised engine
management system, revised gear ratios, and enhanced aerodynamics. All for £25,730
Music fans simply have to wait until November 2012 to dance to its magnificent tune.
Too long to wait? Too expensive? If so, try the BMW 316i ES Saloon which is the new
entry-level model. Highlights include the 1.6-litre 136bhp petrol engine that propels music
fans to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, and averages 47.9mpg. Emissions are 134g/km, which is
low considering its size and speed. And guess what? This version could be sitting next to
your gramophone for only £22,850 OTR. That is the cost of a CD these days. Furthermore,
every 3 Series has rock-solid handling, exceptional build quality, and “that” badge. As
such, few regret investing in this lifestyle statement. Pass me that Aqua album, would you?
By Stephen Turvil
Mon, 17 Sep 2012