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BMW 3 Series

(2019 - present)

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The BMW 3 Series is a medium-sized saloon and estate model, and has long been considered the benchmark for the compact executive saloon class. The latest generation was unveiled in late 2018 and went on sale in the UK in early 2019.

The estate (known as Touring) models were launched several months after the saloon versions. Additionally, the high-performance M3 saloon was unveiled in September 2020 and is expected to arrive in the UK in early 2021.

The new BMW 3 Series has received very high scores from the UK media. Initial ratings were even higher than the current level of 88%, with the scores moderating slightly as media outlets spent more time with different models of the 3 Series range on local roads. We will continue updating our results as more local road tests are conducted.

As with previous generations, particular praise has been directed at the way the BMW 3 Series drives compared to its rivals. The quality and design of the interior are better than previous models, although other cars are just as good or better.

Key Specifications

Body style: Mid-sized saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £32,445 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA

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Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2019









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Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The new BMW 3 Series has not yet been lab-tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW 3 Series has received


  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Compact Executive Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car + Best Plug-In Hybrid to Drive + Best Estate Car to Drive
  • carwow Awards – Best Family Hybrid Car (330e)
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Compact Executive Car
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Medium Car + Best PHEV


  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Company Car (330e)
  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car + Best Plug-in Hybrid + Safety Award
  • Fleet News AwardsNew Company Car of the Year + Best Premium Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best New Fleet Car + Best Fleet Compact Executive Car
  • Auto Trader Awards – Most Loved Car
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid Executive Car
  • Autocar Britain’s Best Car Awards – Best Company Car (330e)
  • Business Car Awards – Best Premium Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Car of the Year + Best Compact Executive Car


  • carwow AwardsCar of the Year + Best Family Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Compact Executive Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car

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