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The details

WHAT

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.

COST

From €34,750. Delivery, related charges extra.

TARGET MARKET

Executives, families, well-to-do singles and couples.

PLUS

Polished performance, comfort/safety equipment, handling/ride, cabin.

MINUS

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.

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