Strong and smooth, only the firm ride is a cause for concern
The driving position is supremely comfortable, whatever height you are
All the mod cons, from multiple airbags and run-flat tyres to a clever anti-lock brake system that keeps discs dry, whatever the weather
The Germans have built this beauty to last
There's plenty of room for four adults, no matter how long their limbs, but mind your head in the back
Everything you could possibly wish for and more, including automatic xenon headlights and wipers, plus reverse parking sensors
There's a firm edge to the ride of the 3 Series Coupe, but the pay-off is outstanding composure in bends. Even the most challenging roads are tackled without drama, while the steering provides reassuring weight and feel.
The Coupe's frameless side windows do let in some wind noise at speed. However, you hear little road or suspension noise, and the engines are refined.
The pick of the range is the 335i petrol model, which is so quick that it makes you question why anyone would spend half as much again on an M3.
Alternatively, if you're on a more modest budget, the 320d diesel's flexible performance and impressive efficiency make it hard to ignore.
The standard dashboard is classy and simple, while specifying sat-nav brings BMW's iDrive control system, which seems more complicated at first, but quickly becomes second nature.
The 3 Series Coupe is also a genuine four-seater with a decent-sized boot, so it's far more practical than its closest rival, the Audi A5 Coupe.
Every model comes with alloy wheels, cruise control, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, climate control and a CD player with an MP3 input.
Owners of the previous 3 Series saloon, which this car is closely related to, rated it just average for mechanical reliability in the most recent JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Fortunately, that model did better in Euro NCAP crash tests, scoring five out of five for adult occupant protection and four out of five for child safety.
The 3 Series Coupe comes with a long list of standard safety features, including stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution and front and rear ISOFIX child seat mountings.
As long as you like the looks, the 3 Series Coupe is a fine choice. It's classy, spacious, fun to drive and, if you go for one of the diesels, surprisingly affordable to run. The only thing that would put us off is the fact that it's due to be replaced soon.