If you would prefer a traditional saloon rather than a hatchback, the BMW 3-Series has a number of models from which to choose, one of which could be exactly what you are looking for. Performance, handling and efficiency are all standout features that make the models in the 3-Series an appealing option to many different types of drivers and the legendary BMW styling makes them very easy on the eye too.
Firm but Fun
If there is one aspect of the 3-Series that sets it apart from the competition it is the somewhat firmer ride, a quality that will appeal to drivers looking for a sportier experience from their family car. In other words, if your requirements for a family car include great handling and class-leading performance, the 3-Series is sure to interest you. If performance is your main priority and you have plenty of cash to spend on your new family saloon, it might be worth considering a secondhand M3: a car that needs no introduction to fans of high-octane, family saloon fun. You will have to settle for a previously owned model however, as the BMW M3 was dropped from the 3-Series in 2019, due to its inability to meet the latest emissions regulations.