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What features does the BMW 3 Series offer?


If you’re keen to get a new set of wheels, I really think you can’t go wrong with buying a BMW. Whatever you’re looking for from your next car – be it something sexy and sporty or a model that’s a little more practical – I’m fairly certain you’ll be able to find a BMW that’s right for you, especially if you look at the models within its 3 Series.

In fact, this particular range has been popular among motorists ever since its emergence in the 1970s and millions of them have been sold across the world. While we all want different things from our cars, the sheer variety of models in the 3 Series, I think, offers something for everyone as there are saloon, convertible and coupe models to choose from. Keep on reading to find out more about these motors and their features.

Saloon

Do you need to have a vehicle with plenty of room? If you do, you’ll probably be looking to get a saloon so you have lots of space to transport luggage and passengers in comfort.

In this case, I think you should check out what the saloons under the 3 Series banner have to offer. The 316d ES, for example, has a variety of storage compartments, including bottleholders that are integrated into the door trims. The diesel-run vehicle also has an incorrect fuelling protection system and a central locking switch for all doors and luggage compartment.

Attend a BMW car auction in the search for a 3 Series saloon and you could come across the 320d Modern. This stylish vehicle has 17-inch alloy wheels, a TwinPower Turbo engine and hillstart assist, among many other features, so it’s ideal for those who need something that is practical but also offers plenty of performance.

Convertible

If, like me, you like the sensation of taking to the open road with the wind blowing through your hair then having a convertible is a must. Admittedly, the British weather is hardly the best for driving with the roof down, but on the occasions when it is nice outside you should make the most of it.

Choose a 3 Series convertible and I think you’ll easily be able to do this, with the 335i SE coming with a 24-valve turbo engine and high-precision direct injection technology. With a maximum speed of 155 mph and hydraulic power-assisted steering, you certainly won’t find this car to be lacking in the power stakes.

Of course, convertibles aren’t always the cheapest vehicles around, so if you want something that’s a little more budget-friendly you might want to give the 320i SE a shot. This entry-level model doesn’t quite offer the same level of performance as the 335i SE, but as it reaches a top speed of 142 mph it’s still a wonderful choice.

Coupe

Fancy getting a coupe? There’s more than a dozen 3 Series cars to choose from if you do, so there’s plenty of scope to get something suitable for your needs. One model I think you should definitely check out is the 325d Sport Plus, which has chrome twin tailpipes and automatic air-conditioning. This car’s pretty nippy too – it can go from zero to 62 mph in just 6.9 seconds – with M Sport suspension and 19-inch double-spoke alloys among its other features.

Get the 330i M Sport, meanwhile, and you can make use of dynamic brake lighting and electric power steering in a car that comes with a stunning Dakota leather upholstered interior.

Are you looking to buy a 3 Series BMW? If so, please leave a comment and tell us what model you’re thinking of getting!

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Top 5 lease options for your company


There are numerous car leasing deals out there for all kinds of businesses, but if you really want your employees to make the right impression while they’re representing your firm, I think you should consider one of the following five models to offer as a company car.

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE

When What Car? reviewed the latest models in the BMW 5 Series range, they selected this vehicle as the best of them, describing it as “an extremely good car”. The 5 Series also got picked as the third-best executive motor of 2012 by Auto Express.

So, what makes the vehicle stand out? As you might expect from a BMW, it is engineered and finished to a high quality, so you are practically guaranteed a comfortable, smooth and stylish drive.

Audi A4 TDIe

Audi has been making a name for itself as a great business car for some time now and, although it isn’t right at the top, it’s certainly not far off. Business Car Manager commended the Audi A4 TDIe in the best executive car category at its 2012 awards, while it also received an honourable mention in the 2011 Carbuyer awards.

Business Car Manager highlighted the car’s economical credentials – something that’s bound to be important if you pay mileage for your employees. Carbuyer also praised its eco-friendly engine, as well as drawing attention to its “impressive build quality and carefully-designed interior”.

BMW 3 Series

The new range of motors in the BMW 3 Series have come out on top at numerous motoring awards in the executive car category this year – including What Car?, Business Car Manager and Carbuyer. Described as the best compact executive vehicle on the market, this is certainly one to consider if you’re looking for new autos for your firm’s fleet.

Even the basic model has more than enough mod-cons to keep the most discerning businessperson happy, including Bluetooth connectivity and a driver performance control system. Choose one of the models equipped with BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology and you’ve got a ride that is economical as well as comfortable.

Mercedes-Benz C Class

The Mercedes-Benz C Class is another vehicle that has picked up nods at several car awards ceremonies this year for its credentials as an executive motor. Its style, performance and range of features that come as standard have all been highlighted as reasons why it deserves to be at the top.

Choosing one of the models fitted with the firm’s BlueEfficiency technology also makes the drive that bit more economical. Among the features included with this setup are an ECO start/stop function, lower displacement engines and lighter alloy wheels, all designed to improve the car’s fuel consumption.

Of course, all of this also translates into reduced running costs and more environmentally-friendly cars, all without compromising on performance, according to the automaker.

Hyundai i40

Moving away from the top-end executive models, there are plenty of excellent, more everyday cars available for companies to hire that work well as company vehicles. Among them is the Hyundai i40, which was named as the second-best company car by Automotive blog in 2012.

The website pointed out that the auto comes with “some truly premium design features”, is affordable, has low CO2 emissions and is fuel efficient, delivering 62.8 miles per gallon.

If you’ve recently signed up for a new business car leasing contract, tell us what model you opted for and why.

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