First drive: BMW 3-Series


BMW has a history of making the 3-Series an accomplished blend of both sporty handling and impressive economy, but with pressure coming from the likes of Audi and Jaguar, its job to be top-dog is harder than ever.

What is it?

This new 3-Series is a refreshed version of the F30 model that was first launched in 2012. This means revised front and rear styling through new headlights with LED running lights, along with optional full-LED headlights.

However, where the biggest update comes is under the bonnet, with new versions of both four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants. This means improved efficiency, along with increased fuel economy, without sacrificing performance.