If we had to suggest a car with the hefty weight of expectation on its roof rack, it would be this, the latest 3 Series. It’s BMW’s longest-running model and its most popular, accounting for around 30% of the company's annual sales.
For that reason, the brand’s reluctance to stray too far from a successful formula is entirely understandable, so the time-proven theme of a well-packaged, sporty, rear-wheel-drive saloon remains front and centre of the model's ethos.
As with the previous 3 Series, there are four-wheel drive 'xDrive' versions available, along with the usual range of petrol and diesel engines and a choice of three trim levels to suit your taste and budget.
The big question hanging over the 3 Series is this: is it as good, or even better than, its two chief executive adversaries, the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, and has it reclaimed its ‘most sporty saloon’ crown from the Jaguar XE?
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is surprisingly practical and good...