Our unique Expert Ratings combine scores from 21 of the top UK motoring websites

BMW 3 Series

(2019 - present)

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 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.

More BMW news, reviews, features and offers

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


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express


Auto Trader






Car Keys






Company Car Today


Daily Mail




Green Car Guide


Honest John




The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2019









Eco rating

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


  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Executive Car + Best Plug-in Hybrid + Safety Award
  • Fleet News Awards – New Company Car of the Year + Best Premium Car
  • Auto Trader Awards – Most Loved Car
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid Executive Car


  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Executive Car of the Year
  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Executive Car

Similar cars

If you’re looking at the BMW 3 Series, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Alfa Romeo Giulia | Audi A4 | Audi A5 Sportback | BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé | Jaguar XE | Kia Stinger | Lexus IS | Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Peugeot 508 | Tesla Model 3 | Vauxhall Insignia | Volkswagen Arteon | Volkswagen Passat | Volvo S60 | Volvo V60

More BMW news, reviews, features and offers

More Ratings

The latest cars we've analysed

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The Mercedes-Benz GLB has an Expert Rating that ranks it in the middle of the mid-sized SUV field, although its seven-seat option is a plus.

Audi A3

The Audi A3 range has been praised for its refinement and improved driving dynamics, but criticised for a clunky touchscreen interior.


The BMW X2's Expert Rating places it firmly in the small SUV midfield. It's good to drive but not as practical as most rivals.

Ford S-Max

The Ford S-Max holds an Expert Rating of 79% with scores that range from average to outstanding, and praise for its driving dynamics.

Kia Niro

The Kia Niro has received mixed media reviews, with priase for its value and low running costs but criticism for its driving experience.

Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon has an Expert Rating that's pretty reasonable overall but falls well short of many of its similarly-priced rivals.

Related news

We think you may also like these articles