The BMW 3 Series Saloon retains the title What Car? Best Executive Car 2013 for eighth year.


The BMW 3 Series Saloon has once again crushed the competition to be  crowned What Car? ‘Best Executive Car’ 2013, for the eighth  consecutive year with the 320d EfficientDynamics.

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The BMW 3 Series Saloon remains the vehicle of choice in the  Executive Car category, for being the car that means you can have it  all.  In EfficientDynamics guise this ‘3’ is the most economical car  in its class with its fast yet frugal 2.0 litre diesel engine, making  it appeal to both business and personal buyers alike.   However, it  was not just the BMW 3 Series’ outstanding economy that put it ahead  of the competition, the judges noted that its combination of  refinement, comfort and agility put it leagues ahead of its larger rivals.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “When you consider its  spacious, classy and user-friendly cabin, and its frugal running  costs, there is no need to upgrade to bigger, more expensive executive cars.”

Continuing the success of the ‘3’, the BMW X3 took home the accolade  of What Car? ‘Best SUV’ 2013 for the second year in a row.  Despite  the tough opposition from newer models in this sector, the BMW X3  xDrive20d reigns supreme thanks to its excellent residual values,  practicality and superior quality.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “The winning X3 engine  is one of the most refined available today and with its eight-speed  automatic transmission it’s hard to beat.  The X3 offers the driver  and passengers top-notch luxury as well as great economy and extremely  attractive residual values.  The X3 works on paper and even better in  real world.”

Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said: “For the BMW 3 Series  to win the prestigious ‘Best Executive Car’ award for eight  consecutive years is an honour and testament to the hard work that  goes into producing BMW’s core model.  With the X3 also cementing its  position as ‘Best SUV’, 2013 is off to a great start for BMW.”