Used BMW 3-Series Coupe (2006 - 2013) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 16 Aug 2011
4.5
As four-seat coupes go, few cars are as good looking or as enjoyable to drive as the BMW 3-Series Coupe - it's a classic design with a sleek yet understated air while inside it's beautifully finished with top grade materials. Only minor elements such as the door handles are carried over from the 3-Series saloon - the rest is bespoke to the Coupe.

4 out of 5

Comfort

The latest Coupé is considerably roomier than its predecessor, particularly for rear-seat passengers. But don't think it's exactly Tardis-like - legroom is still quite restricted, especially if you're an adult in the back and there's a six-footer behind the wheel. But it's comfortable enough with two sculpted seats and decent head space. Automatic climate control is standard and, new to BMW (although the Mercedes-Benz CLK has provided this feature for several years), is an automatic seatbelt handover system - an metal arm extends from over your shoulder with the seatbelt.

Cruise control is standard and options include 'comfort access' keyless entry, which allows the car to be unlocked with the key still in a pocket or handbag.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

The 3-Series Coupé offers 440 litres of luggage space (430 litres in the 335i and 335d), which is good for a four-seat coupe and more than the Mercedes CLK (although smaller than the Audi A5). As a strict four-seater, there is a little room for storage between the two rear passengers, but the back seats do split and fold to extend luggage space. There is a storage compartment in the front armrest, the glovebox is a decent size and the door bins open outwards to improve access.

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How does the boot space compare?

455 litres
BMW 3-Series Coupe (06-13)
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275 litres
4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The interior is finished with high quality materials, with a choice of different trims on the options list, including wood, aluminium and black gloss. The amount of dashboard buttons depends on whether the optional i-Drive system is chosen or not -without it the audio and climate functions are accessed through buttons on the dashboard. With i-Drive these functions (as well as navigation and telephone controls) are controlled via a dial mounted on the centre console.

The driver's seat has a good level of adjustment and the steering can be altered for reach and height.