There are, in this uncertain life, a few certainties. Among them is the fact the BMW 3-Series is the sport sedan by which all others will be measured. Virtually inventing the concept back in the 1960’s with the 1962 BMW 1500 (the forerunner to today’s 3 Series cars)
Combining a unit body four-door sedan with a fully independent suspension system (featuring MacPherson struts and semi-trailing arms), front disc brakes, a peppy four-cylinder engine, and rear wheel drive, created a sports car that would comfortably seat four people. So exactly right was the combination, the basic formula of that car survives to this day. BMW has enjoyed the leadership position in the category ever since.
In the ensuing years, many other manufacturers have tried unsuccessfully to replicate the pathos of the BMW 3-Series. And frankly, if we are to be completely honest here, a number of them have gotten quite close.
But close don’t win no races.
In comparison after comparison, after comparison, none has ever bested BMW’s entry-level luxury-sports sedan. In fact, the BMW 3 Series routinely crowns every list of the best sports sedans, year after year after year.