When it comes to choosing a company car for the modern-day business professionals, not many fleet managers will look past BMW and its flagship 3 Series.
The shape and look of the car is familiar as it has been one of the most popular cars on Britain’s roads over the past couple of decades, but the refining and improvements which have been made with every iteration keeps motorists coming back for more.
While there are a number of competitors out there which are attractive options, it appears that the 3 Series is a stand out choice. The Munich-based company recently took home two headline accolades at the Fleet News Awards, as the 3 Series was named the best new company car, while BMW picked up the fleet manufacturer of the year.
This success was added to with the 3 Series and 5 Series picking up awards for the best premium car and best executive car categories.
The 3 Series’ victory in the premium car category was supported by glowing praise from the judges, who said that “low-running costs, class-leading residual values and the most efficient models” of all the finalists made this car stand out.
“It’s a great car to drive and the auto versions are equally as economic and impressive which opens up a whole new market for this car. In the words of one judge, it’s all the car you will ever need,” they added.
Taking the 3 Series Saloon 320d Efficient Dynamics model (which can be seen here) as an example, business professionals will benefit from a vehicle which emits 109g/km of CO2, putting it in the VED Band B.
The car will achieve 68mpg and accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds, which gives it plenty of nippiness when out on the road for long stretches.
Fleet managers are given much more choice when it comes to equipment on the 3 Series thanks to the introduction of a number of new grades. There are seven different specification options which will provide interesting accessories which might prove beneficial to the end user.
The Efficient Dynamics model features 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, alarm, cloth seat trim, cruise control, electric mirrors, front fog lights, parking sensors, traction control and side airbags among many other perks.
There are also optional items including DVD player and satellite navigation system to make this the true business car.
With a load space of 480 litres, which is 20 litres more than the previous generation of 3 Series, there is easily enough room to pack travel bags, the golf clubs or exhibition equipment. Some models come with split-folding rear seats so that longer items can fit inside the boot.
When it comes to carrying passengers, the extra length of the new 3 Series provides 15mm more knee-room and 8mm more headroom in the rear, added to a better entry and exit through the redesign of the height and opening angle of the rear door.