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Why Lease The 3 Series Saloon?

BMW 3 Series Saloon Review 2022

The BMW 3 Series Saloon is a premium and practical family saloon. Offering the perfect blend of performance, driving dynamics, low running costs, technology and refinement, the  3 Series Saloon is one of the best compact executive vehicles on the market. 

Rivals to the BMW 3 Series include the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Our BMW 3 Series Saloon review covers:

BMW 3 Series Saloon Key Features

  • Sporty and muscular exterior design with distinctive L shaped light graphics  
  • Plush, well-made Interior that functions well
  • 480-litre boot with 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats
  • Wide range of engines with petrol, diesel and plug-in petrol hybrid variants 
  • Four trim levels, including SE Pro, Sport Pro, M Sport and M Sport Pro Edition

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has a dynamic silhouette with precise bodywork lines and short overhangs. Its redesigned doubled kidney grille and distinctive L shaped light graphics give it a sporty and muscular presence while on the road. 


Inside, the BMW 3 Series Saloon is plush and well-made, offering similar levels of space as the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Its comfortable cabin can accommodate three child seats side by side in the rear. However, only the two outside seats come with Isofix points.

At the rear, the BMW 3 Series Saloon's boot can hold 480 litres of space, beating rivals such as the Mercedes C-Class at 455-litres. BMW offer a comfort package that gives the 3 Series Saloon extra storage with nets in the boot compartment along with an electric powered boot lid. All models come with 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats that improve practicality.

Interior and Trims

The 3 Series Saloon has a well-crafted interior that looks and feels great, although the Mercedes-Benz C-Class still stands out in the class. Nevertheless, the BMW still has a well-made interior that functions well with lots of brushed metal used, just as you get in the bigger BMW 5 Series

The infotainment system in the 3 Series isn't nearly as cutting-edge as it once was. BMW has launched even more complex eighth-generation software for the electric iX and i4 models, but it's still highly tech-packed. 

All models come with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and while it looks nice, unfortunately, it can't be customised as much as those in an Audi or Mercedes. A 10.25-inch touchscreen sits in the dash's centre, including voice control and optional gesture control. However, you can also utilise the click-wheel controller and the steering wheel controls on the centre console.

The BMW 3 Series Saloon comes in four trim levels, including SE Pro, Sport Pro, M Sport and M Sport Pro Edition. 

The entry-level SE Pro model comes with BMW Live Cockpit Professional with a 10.25-inch central information display, Parking Assistant with a rearview camera and reverse assist. It also comes with Adaptive LED headlights and 17-inch light-alloy V-spoke wheels. 

The Sport Pro model has a high gloss Shadowline exterior design and high gloss black interior trim. It also comes with aluminium door still finishes, heated front sports seats and 18-inch light-alloy V-spoke wheels. 

M Sport models have a sharper appearance and come with M exterior styling, M Aerodynamic package, M door still finishes and an M sport leather steering wheel. It also comes with Interior trim finishes in aluminium Tetragon, leather upholstery and 18-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels.

Top-of-the-range M Sport Pro Edition models have enhanced driving dynamics with M Sports system, M rear spoiler, M sport brakes, Adaptive M suspension and dampers. It also comes with unique BMW paintwork, BMW high gloss shadow line black mirrors and sun protection glass, BMW aluminium fabric high gloss interior trim, M seat belts and 19-inch double-spoke jet black alloy wheels.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the 3 Series Saloon comes with a wide range of engines with petrol, diesel and plug-in petrol hybrid variants available.


The petrol range starts with the 318i, producing 154bhp, and a 182bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder 320i, which comes with Sport automatic transmission as standard. The 330i also uses the same engine tuned to produce 254bhp. The sporty M340i has a 3.0-litre engine which produces 369bhp. All petrol models have an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 320i can be ordered with xDrive four-wheel drive, while M340i vehicles come standard with four-wheel drive.

The diesel range starts with the 318d and 320d, which use a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 148bhp and 187bhp, respectively. These four-cylinder diesel engines are available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission with all models except the 318d can be equipped with four-wheel drive. The performance diesel engine 330d gets a six-cylinder unit producing 261bhp and features in the M340d xDrive, producing 335bhp. 

The plug-in hybrid variant is powered by the same four-cylinder petrol engine as the 320i but adds an electric motor to produce 249bhp. The car's battery is claimed to allow 41 miles of all-electric driving.

Out on the road, the BMW 3 Series Saloon is entertaining to drive, with impressive road holding and ride quality. BMW's new suspension damper technology helps improve the overall ride quality. When the car carries a light load, the damping rate changes to being much softer, resulting in a much smoother and more enjoyable ride.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new BMW 3 Series Saloon start from £32,125.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.

Want to know more about leasing the BMW 3 Series Saloon? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the largest car leasing providers in the UK. All of our leasing deals include the manufacturer's warranty, road tax for the duration of the lease, breakdown cover, and free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply).

Plus, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a BMW 3 Series Saloon might be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance.

*'On the road' price is correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.

Customer Reviews

BMW 3 Series Saloon
Average Rating Based on 72 reviews
4.0 out of 5

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4.4 out of 5
Jane BMW 3 Series Saloon 330i M Sport Step Auto (Pro Pack)

not a dislike but on delivery the drier dusted off the dust which left marks on paintwork which needed a proper clean and polish!!!

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4.4 out of 5
Stuart BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto

Nothing to note at the moment, apart from getting a we bit further on the electric battery and quicker to charge.

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4.4 out of 5
Azim BMW 3 Series Saloon 320i M Sport Step Auto (Tech/Plus Pack)

The vehicle is great to drive, alot of features, comfortable to drive, looks great.

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4.7 out of 5
Harry BMW 3 Series Saloon 320i M Sport Step Auto (Plus Pack)

very nice car for affordable money quality service from order to delivery.

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4.1 out of 5
Mehluli BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto

It’s good if the commute mileage can be achieved by the battery range otherwise it is not worth having.

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5.0 out of 5
Stuart BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto (Tech/Plus Pack)

Battery range isn’t the best along with small petrol tank. Equipment levels are amazing Fantastic to drive

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4.3 out of 5
David BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto

Car is very good & lives up to my expectations but I am disappointed with aspects of customer service with Nationwide & Lex Autolease. No point in expanding further on this survey but if anyone reads this & would like to discuss my issues & concerns please feel free to contact me on my mobile 07853 400914 but I suspect that no one will bother to do that.

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4.1 out of 5
Nigel BMW 3 Series Saloon 330d M Sport Step Auto (Plus Pack)

This my third BMW 3-series and as the previous models can't really find anything to dislike - a good all round car.

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2.1 out of 5
Thomas BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e Sport Pro Auto

Poor leg room Poor bmw post sales support Still do not know how to use mist functions When ask bmw they just tell me to take it to a garage for a service

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4.7 out of 5
Stephen BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e Sport Pro Auto

Syle comfort amazing performance at low running cost

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4.7 out of 5
Paul BMW 3 Series Saloon 320d M Sport

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Julian BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto

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4.4 out of 5
Sean BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto

Lovely car at a price I can afford but now that I work from home fulltime no so much opportunity to drive it!

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4.9 out of 5
Kevin BMW 3 Series Saloon 320i M Sport Step Auto

Great car - fabulous to drive

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4.4 out of 5
Edward BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport Auto

The BMW sat nav is poor in comparison with TomTom. The reduced boot space on this plug-in hybrid, for me, is a compromise worth making to benefit from lower BIK and reduced fuel costs as I have access to another vehicle for occasional load-lugging.

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