BMW 3-series 320d (1,997cc, 163bhp-184bhp depending on model), six-speed gearbox, (eight speed on one of test cars), rear-wheel-drive, CO2 of 118g/km; VRT is 14pc. €160 annual road tax.
From €34,750. Delivery, related charges extra.
Executives, families, well-to-do singles and couples.
Polished performance, comfort/safety equipment, handling/ride, cabin.
Front seats too narrow, really conservative looks, poor seat adjustment.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT Huge range of safety equipment, airbags, automatic air con, cruise control, run-flat tyres, Bluetooth hands-free, 6.5-inch colour screen, iDrive controller, drive performance control, USB interface, automatic Stop/start.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Lexus IS, Honda Accord, Volvo S60, top-spec versions of VW Passat, Ford Mondeo etc.