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BMW prices 3 Series Touring

06 July 2005

BMW has confirmed that the new 3 Series Touring estate will cost £1180 more than equivalent saloon versions of the car.

New 3 Series Touring has more space than the estate it replaces

BMW has confirmed that the new 3 Series Touring estate will cost £1180 more than equivalent saloon versions of the car.

Two engines will available from launch in September. The 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel is available in ES trim for £24,540 or as an SE for £25,570, while the 215bhp 2.5-litre petrol model is on offer in SE trim for £26,430.

In October, BMW will add a 150bhp 2.0-litre petrol, 258bhp 3.0-litre petrol and 228bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine to the range.

The new estate has more space than the model it replaces. With the seats in place, the luggage capacity is 460 litres, which is 25 litres more than before. With the seats down, it can now take 1385 litres, 40 litres more than before.

The Mercedes C-Class has fractionally more stowage space with the seats in place, while the Jaguar X-type beats the BMW with the seats folded flat.

Like the previous car, the new Touring features a split tailgate so that smaller items can be dropped into the boot by opening the rear windscreen. There is also a secure under-floor storage area and a foldaway watertight box for ubiquitous muddy boots.

Equipment will mirror the saloon’s, so all cars will have six airbags, remote central locking, an alarm, air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows and a CD player.

Engine 2.0-litre diesel
0-62mph 8.6sec
Top speed 138mph
Combined economy 47.9mpg
Monthly company car tax bill for lower/higher-rate earner £100/£182 (est)

Engine 2.5-litre petrol
0-62mph 7.2sec
Top speed 151mph
Combined economy 32.8mpg
Monthly company car tax bill for lower/higher-rate earner £133/£242 (est)

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