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Published Date: 20/05/2012

Three times winner of the ‘What Car? Compact Executive Car of the Year’, the outgoing BMW 3 Series dominated its class from launch, and attracted unrivalled praise from the motoring media.

Launched on 20 September 2008, the new BMW 3 Series has captured the attention of the media – and the competition – yet again. Here’s what the media have to say:

First up, the bold new styling has been met with approval. “The new 3 Series certainly has more presence and character,” says Car Magazine. While Autocar writes: “Up front, there is a new interpretation of the classic kidney grille, along with bold new headlamp graphics that include LED indicators and BMW’s signature corona rings, as well as an edgy new bumper.” And Auto Trader noted: “a more aggressive front with the bonnet featuring a range of sleeker lines more accustomed to the BMW Z4.”

For the readers of What Car?, benefits of the interior revisions will be clear. “BMW has improved the quality of materials and introduced a simplified iDrive central controller option. This now has buttons that give you instant access to the radio, CD, phone and sat-nav.”

And while the new 3 Series with BMW EfficientDynamics continues to deliver class-leading performance and efficiency, BMW has not rested on its laurels in this department. The new 330d meets European emission regulations not due until 2014 and Autocar loved how it: “combines huge low end thrust with a truly sporting top end in a way that no comparable diesel engine comes close to matching.”

We’ll leave Car Magazine to have the final say: “Impressed? You should be. The (Audi) A4 can’t get close to the 3 Series dynamically, and it’s (the 3 Series) quicker, cheaper, greener and more economical than a (Mercedes) C320 CDI.”

But don’t take the media’s word for it.

To test drive the new BMW 3 Series call or visit your nearest Cooper BMW dealership.

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