Stoneacre's Top 10 Used Cars - No. 5

By: Lisa Harper

Reaching number 5 in our top 10 used car list is…

5. BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is one of the world’s most popular cars having sold over 12 million cars. The 3 Series is popular within the business sector as a company car and with personal car owners looking for a stylish car that radiates presence.

BMW has worked hard to ensure the 3 Series continues to be competitive and stand apart from its rivals. This means there’s a great range of equipment on board as standard like rear parking sensors, air-con, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, USB connectors and a Sat-nav. Opting for a more premium BMW 3 Series model will get you an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic lights and wipers and zoned climate control. Whilst sports models offer sporty seats, a thick-rimmed multi-function steering wheel and stylish chrome trim detailing.

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used BMW 3-Series rear view

However the extras list for any BMW is extensive, so it’s possible to pick up a used BMW 3 Series with an array of other features like a heads-up display, surround view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, LED fog lights and high-beam assistance.

It is worth noting that split folding rear seats to increase luggage area were an optional extra. So if this is something you think you would need, look out for used 3 Series models with this functionality.

The 3 Series comfortably seats 4 adults and offers an impressively luxurious interior. Even basic models have a wide range of adjustable features to help make it easier to get comfy behind the wheel. The dashboard has a driver-focused design and is logically set out to make utilising different functions easier. What’s more, the 3 Series is comparable in size to many regular family hatches meaning parking shouldn’t be a problem.

used BMW 3-Series interior

BMW have achieved the ultimate fun to drive but high-performance car. It offers great driveability on twisty B roads, as well cruising effortlessly along on motorways. This unrivalled balance is achieved through BMW’s commitment to the front engine, rear wheel drive set up.

The 320d diesel engine is a great engine choice and offers great all-around ability and performance. As a popular company car, you’ll find that a lot of used BMW 3 Series models have diesel engines. However, if you would prefer a petrol engine the 320i engine is highly recommended and is described as being nippy and economical.

Servicing is recommended roughly every 2 years or every 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. Equipped with an efficient engine that offers long-lasting, hardwearing German performance, BMW continually performs well in reliability surveys and few problems have been reported. All the engines have a timing chain rather than a cam belt, so you won’t require a costly cambelt change.

used BMW 3-Series side view

There are great deals to be had across all of our used BMW 3 Series models. To make buying a used car easier we offer a range of finance packages including no deposit options and 0% finance to make purchasing a used 3 Series more affordable. What’s more, our fully trained technicians carry out a complete range of checks to ensure we only ever offer the very best examples of used BMW 3 Series for sale.

The BMW 3 Series has plenty of models snapping at its heels so if you’re not 100% sure it’s for you why not take a look at some of its rivals. Sticking with German manufacturers both the Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class give the BMW 3 Series a good run for its money and offer similar angular and assertive styling and that premium badge. Whilst if you’re looking for something sleeker why not consider the Lexus IS 300?

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