For The BMW 3 Series Touring has a usefully large loadbay, made even more practical by some clever features. The car also has strong performance, excellent economy, fine handling and a luxurious cabin.
Against It's not as refined as some rivals, and you have to add optional suspension to make it ride and handle as it should.
What Car? says
If you choose the right version and add the right options, the BMW 3 Series Touring is as good as is gets for compact executive estate car buyers.
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There are 54 BMW 3 Series versions available
Target Price team says:
The 328i, with its four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, is rapid, while the 3.0-litre turbo 335i is phenomenally fast. Our favourite model, though, is the 320d, which uses a 2.0-litre diesel that's quick when you want it to be. It's also effortlessly flexible and very efficient.
SE trim offers most of the kit buyers expect, but above that, you can personalise your car with the Sport, M Sport, Modern and Luxury trims.
We'd strongly advise anyone buying a 3 Series to add the optional adaptive M Sport Suspension. With it, the 3 Series is the best-driving car in the class bar none. Without it, the car's dynamics are a little disappointing. We'd also add the silky-smooth eight-speed auto gearbox.
xDrive models come with an advanced four-wheel drive system that can send power to the front or rear axle. It works well and doesn't hurt fuel economy or CO2 emissions by too much. However, unless you really need it we'd save the extra you have to pay for it.
Reader test team says:
Have had this car since the middle of January 2014 and have done 3,500 miles in it so far, mostly commuting but have done one long trip up to…
I have the BMW 330D M Sport Touring. The car itself as you would expect has plenty of power, handles well and the economy is very good. Now the not…
I hire a car most weeks, and most times, drive 500+ miles. I have no control over what car the hire company give me. I had a BMW 320D car a last…
Further to my Sept report I have now had a chance to check actual mpg. Unfortunately the readout is optimistic by approx 4mpg so I am actually now…