While crossovers and premium hatchbacks are the cream of the family car crop these days, the humble three-box saloon still has a place in ours and buyers’ hearts alike. And while its market share is diminished, the importance of this long-standing format to the identities of a number of manufacturers cannot be overstated. The X1 and GLC would not appeal to their buyers as much if not for the reassuring 3 Series and C Class sat next to them in the showroom, reminding us of what cemented these as the desirable brands they are today. For a class whose sales are diminishing, there are a remarkable number of these cars to choose from on the new car market too, with petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric options abound.
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