a welcome return to form for Munich’s core model

a welcome return to form for Munich's core model

*Lease price from list price shown in the article is correct as of 17/01/2019 and are based on 9months initial payment upfront.  Prices exclude VAT and are subject to change.  Ts and Cs and Arrangement Fees apply.
THE FACTS
2019 BMW 320d
TESTED 1,995cc twin-turbo diesel, six-speed manual gearbox (optional eight-speed automatic), rear-wheel drive
PRICE/ON SALE range from £33,610 to £37,660 (as tested £33,610)/March 2019
POWER/TORQUE 187bhp @ 4,000rpm, 295lb ft @1,750rpm
TOP SPEED 149mph
ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 7.1sec
FUEL ECONOMY 64.2mpg/52.3mpg (EU Combined/Urban). On test 39mpg
CO² EMISSIONS 115g/km (manual gearbox)
VED £165 first year, then £140
VERDICT Shame it had to get bigger, but the new 3-series is a much more assured drivers’ car than its predecessor, though that comes at the cost of ride quality on M-Sport cars. The new twin-turbocharged diesel is powerful and economical and while the cabin is beautifully made it is a bit dull.
TELEGRAPH RATING Four stars out of five 
THE RIVALS
Audi A4, from £27,815
After a chassis revamp a few years ago, this fleet favourite Audi was much improved over its predecessor, but the competition had moved on again. So while it fits the bill for previous A4 owners and the cabin quality seems pretty good, the chassis dynamics are far from top of the class.

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