The BMW 3 Series is one of the nicest cars I have driven this year. Not because it fits three child seats across the back, because it doesn’t, or because the boot is the perfect height for a nappy change, because it isn’t either!! But for the drive, I am always surprised by sedans and just how good they are. And so they should be as they have been around forever and there's a good reason why!
With a classic exterior and interior, the BMW 330i felt very enjoyable to be in and has a beautiful smooth drive.
Effortless is how I would describe the 3 Series. At least, once those two child seats are in as they are a little tricky to install! Three top tether anchorages are in the fixed parcel shelf behind the headrests, where space to access them is limited.
There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats. We found there was only room for two child seats because the outer edges of the seat base are so sculpted to almost meet the doors.
In terms of practicality, the legroom is good and with a rear-facing child seat installed a 180cm driver can sit in front.
Boot space is great in the 3 Series Sedan; empty it will hold fourteen shopping bags. That's one less than the VW Arteon, and one more than the Kia Stinger. All sizes of stroller fit in the boot with some shopping but the 3 Series boot is no good for dogs!
The BMW 3 Series Sedan has an excellent media system, it is easy to navigate and use and you can add Apple CarPlay (and soon Android Auto) for an additional $600. The reversing camera image is excellent and very clear, as well as camera views from multiple directions you can easily choose from.
The BMW 3 Series Sedan has a great seatbelt removal visual so you know exactly who has removed their seatbelt in the back.
One of the best features of the BMW 3 Series Sedan is the automatic lock and unlock feature. With the key in my pocket or bag, I can walk up to the car and it will automatically unlock which is fantastic when you have your arms full of kids and their stuff!
Being a sedan, the BMW 3 Series is not the fashionable SUV shape for a family car, however, we LOVED it and say it is one of the easiest, comfortable and most relaxed cars we have had with our family.
The BBMW 3 Series Sedan scored a five-star ANCAP Safety Rating in 2019 and seven airbags come as standard.