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The latest BMW 3 Series looks set to propel to the top of the executive sector once again. Larger, more refined and with a range of efficient new engines, the model is expected to be available on Lease Cars Direct as soon as March.
From the side, the well-proportioned BMW 3 Series is almost identical to the older model, with the same low nose, trademark kink and approximately upright windscreen. While the back has a similar look to that of the fuller 5 series model, the front has developed distinctive headlamps with LED running lights. The six trim levels available are ES, ED, SE, Luxury, Modern and Sport, all with alloy wheels as standard.
The BMW 3 Series sets the standard for driving mobility, well-weighted, precise steering, full grip and the rear-wheel-drive feels superbly balanced. All models include Drive Performance Control, this allows you to suit to specific road conditions, altering the steering, throttle and ESP settings. On top of this, noise levels are much lower than before. To power the motor, a selection of four and six cylinder engines are available, although the outstanding option if the 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel in the 320d, sprinting 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and returning 61.4mpg. The combination of BMW's reduction in weight and EfficientDynamics technology has helped make the 3 Series one of the most fuel-efficient combination executive models on the market.
One drawback from the previous BMW 3 Series was its cramped cabin, which is why the new model is bigger in almost every area. Back passengers now have increased head and legroom. A great deal of storage is now available, due to deep door pockets with several cup holders and a large glovebox. Inside the tailgate is a 480-litre, well-shaped load bay, with flexible fold rear seats available for an added £400.
Although no testing has yet been performed, the BMW 3 Series is expected to match the first-class performance of its previous model. Tyre pressure monitoring, electronic stability control and six airbags are included with all versions. BMW Assist, which automatically calls emergency services if the cars has been involved in an accident, is also included. Theres also an option to include lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring. Solid engineering has gone into the new BMW 3 Series models, delivering motoring in safety.