IF ever there was a car that defines a Brand, it is the BMW 3 Series Sedan.
With 15 million sales since 1975, it is the engineers’ favourite child and the one they call The Ultimate Driving Machine.
But in recent years Mercedes and Audi closed the gap, producing more comfortable cars with classier cabin.
But the latest model in the 3 Series has risen to the challenge with fully variable dampers fitted as standard to smooth out bumpy roads, a wider track, less drag and 55kg less bulk.
The popular 2 litre diesel now has multi-stage turbocharging for better low-end acceleration and efficiency.
Perhaps the biggest leap forward is the cabin, with a digital driver’s screen replacing the traditional round binnacles, and a Siri-like voice assistant activated by saying: “Hey BMW.”
Other nice touches include hand-gesture control, over-the-air updates, larger head-up display, laser headlights, and it can reverse itself for 50 metres.
There is also a “digital key” to unlock doors and start the engine with your smartphone.
As for looks, it is still very much a 3 Series, just with sharper creases, a more coupe-like roofline and horizontal tail lights.
The technology will also explain to owners how certain safety features work and can provide updated information i.e. the oil level.