For In many ways, the GT is more practical than a 3 Series Touring, and it doesn't cost that much more to buy.
Against It isn't much cheaper than a 5 Series Touring, which is both bigger and classier inside. Other versions of the 3 Series are better to drive.
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A surprisingly practical take on the 3 Series, which merits consideration if you don’t like the idea of a traditional estate
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There are 25 BMW 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) versions available
Target Price team says:
There's no doubt the GT has some big practicality advantages over the 3 Series Touring, not to mention rivals from other manufacturers, such as the Audi A5 Sportback.
True, the GT isn't as sharp to drive as either of those cars, but it's a comfortable cruiser that comes with more standard equipment, helping to offset that higher price.
However, BMW's pricing structure in the UK means the 320d model (predicted to be the biggest seller) costs only slightly less than an equivalent 520d Touring, which has just as much interior space and a much bigger boot. The 5 Series is just as economical as the GT and has a classier cabin, too.
For many buyers the 5 Touring is a better buy, then, but if you fancy something a little more distinct from a traditional estate, the new 3 Series Gran Turismo has plenty going for it.
Reader test team says:
For the record, my car is a 320d GT M-Sport, with the sports auto box, adaptive M suspension, riding on the 19'' wheels and with the sport plus…