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Crowned the Best Compact Executive Car of 2013 by Auto Express, the latest BMW 3 Series is better built and a great drive

The BMW 3 Series has dominated the compact executive sector since it was first introduced back in 1975. This all-new, sixth-generation model has a lot to live up to, then – especially since recent improvements to the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class have weakened its grip on the class crown – but the result is a car that’s raised the bar even further.

It’s bigger, better built and more refined than ever before, plus it comes packed with kit and is available with a wide range of punchy and efficient petrol and diesel engines. In fact, it was crowned Best Compact Executive model at our New Car Awards 2012. As you’d expect, it’s offered as a sleek saloon and a practical Touring estate model.

But as of 2013, it’s also available as an even more spacious 3 Series GT model, which BMW says offers the “dynamic, sporting” qualities of the saloon, with the “practicality and versatility” of the Touring. The manufacturer’s intelligent new xDrive four-wheel-drive system is now available in the UK for the first time, and gives BMW a direct rival to the popular Audi quattro models. The new 3 Series Coupe has already been revealed in concept form and will be badged 4 Series when it arrives in showrooms by the end of 2013, with a 4 Series Convertible and more practical four-door Gran Coupe following.

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Submitted by PetrolHead on Tue, 2013-07-02 09:56.

Look, let’s say you compare a 3 series with a 1 series, I’m sure everyone would agree that they’re nothing like each other. You only have to look at them, and sit in them for a few moments to see that. They feel nothing at all like each other except for the orange dash lights and the badge.

I’m not making any comment re preference for either of those cars here, I’m just pointing out that fact.

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Now, I’ve made that observation because this brings me to my point about a Golf just being a Passat with a hatch rather than a boot. When you move from a Golf to a Passat back again, they have a very, very similar feel, both in design, looks. pretty much everything, and in the way they drive at normal speeds. With regard to size, the Golf is actually now slightly wider internally at the front than the Passat (it feels at least as roomy), and about 5cm less wide at the back.

I had a ride back forth to my house a couple of months ago in the dealership Passat during my service, and other than the dash layout (which are identical quality), although personally I prefer the Golf’s dash, everything feels so similar to being in the Golf. The VW chap I had this very conversation and we both said it is a Golf with a boot

The Jetta, Golf and Passat are all pretty much the same car in this regard, and if we were to go into detail, then in fact the Golf now rides on a different platform to the Jetta, and the new MQB platform will be shared between all cars so there’ll be pretty much no difference underneath anyway. So why do VW produce the Jetta and a Passat?

The next Jetta will likely be longer than the current Passat, so I really don’t see the point – maybe there are a couple of people who need a car that’s 130mm shorter than an almost identical car to fit in their garage. The same question is being asked about the A3 saloon, in that the A4 saloon already exists.

Submitted by the1beard on Tue, 2013-09-10 07:21.

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