Review round-up: The 2019 BMW 3 Series
Long live the saloon...
The world's motoring media are back from driving the brand-new BMW 3 Series – it's a huge car for the company (and petrolheads in general), so it's important it fares well in reviews.
We've collated the best video reviews in one place and summarised each one so you can get a good overview of the new 3 Series. These reviews are so fresh, they are still falling off the tree right now – let us know if we've missed any in the comments.
Right, let's see how the new 3 Series fares…
Matt from Autocar plays around with two of the 3 series models, the 320d and the M340i. Even in the base model version, Matt says that just because it's a little bigger than the past models and its competitors, it's no less fun to drive. He mentions how it gives you the power and responsiveness you need on a day-to-day drive. A sense of 'technological wizardry' and luxury is very apparent inside too, making sure that it wows you by doing what it says on the tin.
Sean from Auto Express seems to be wowed by the 330i , with its weight saving and tighter controls in the corners than the old car, especially considering the new version is bigger. The new car's suspension can compensate for different weights inside the car – it will soften and stiffen when needed it. Sean reports that it can feel a bit bumpy on rough roads, but otherwise it's smooth sailing for the 3 Series.
Mike from Australia's Car Advice talks in detail about the infotainment system, which looks amazing. From gesture control to having your own personal assistant, what else would you want. To make it that even more personal, you can even change the name of your assistant to what you like, Mike liked how there was all this technology, yet the interior was so clean and simple still, without looking cheap. Luxury seems to be the the word for the 3 series.
Carwow's Mat Watson feels that the 330i's styling is very nice, apart from the sides. The new laser lights and rear diffuser are striking, yet the lumps and bumps on the side panels let that down a bit. He talks about how the door handles are too thick and that they should retract like with the Range Rover Evoque. Something else to consider too is the amount of space you get in the back, Mat says he isn't the tallest person, but you get a lot of rear legroom and that's always a good thing.
Alan from What Car? shows us what Mat from Carwow was trying to show us - the reversing assistant. It can remember and reverse backwards up to 50 meters from your starting point. That includes turns and corners too, just by engaging reverse and pressing a button it will use the steering in-put from the last movements, all the driver needs to do is keep an eye on the brake pedal. Impressive.
All the journalists seems really impressed with the new 3 Series. Special praise goes to its infotainment system with that reversing assistant, as well as the interior space and the overall ride comfort. Everyone will have their thoughts on the engines and the handling, but overall it sounds like the 3 Series is still the saloon to pick if you want something quality that's fun to drive.