BMW 3 Series Saloon retains the title Best Compact Executive Car 2012


3 Series BMWThe new BMW 3 Series Saloon retains the title What Car? ‘Best Compact Executive Car’ 2012 for seventh year.

The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has lived up to the legacy of its  predecessor having been crowned What Car? ‘Best Compact  Executive Car’ 2012, for the seventh consecutive year with the  320d SE.

The BMW 3 Series Saloon reigned supreme in the Compact Executive  category, recognised for remaining ahead of the competition in every  way.  With its EfficientDynamics package making this  ‘3’ the most economical car in its class it appeals to  both business and retail customers.   However, it was not  just the BMW 3 Series’ outstanding economy that stood out for  the judges; it was commended for being smooth and refined whilst still  offering that sheer driving pleasure.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “The new BMW 3  Series is great to drive, with sharp steering and a well judged  chassis.  But the biggest gains are in efficiency; it delivers  60mpg and CO2 emissions so low that it falls into the cheapest 13 per  cent company car tax band for diesels.  It’s a convincing  winner of our Executive Car of the Year award.”

Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said: “It is a  testament to the quality and refinement of the BMW 3 Series to win  this prestigious award for seven consecutive years.  To have this  consistent recognition, across the generations, for all of the hard  work that goes into producing BMW’s core model is a great honour.”

Continuing the success of the ‘3’, the BMW X3 took home  the accolade of What Car? ‘Best SUV’ 2012 having fought  off stiff opposition in a very competitive sector.  The BMW X3  xDrive20d was awarded the top honour in recognition of its exceptional  blend of efficiency, practicality and quality.  While CO2  emissions of just 147g/km and a combined consumption of 50.4mpg ensure  that running costs are kept to a minimum.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “There’s  more competition than ever among SUVs, but the BMW X3 wins the  category award by offering lots of space, excellent fuel efficiency  and a beautifully finished cabin.  It’s a great family car,  really – and its running costs are around those of a regular hatchback.”