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 There’s a tad too much wind noise, meaning it’s not quite as refined as some of its rivals. You have to add optional suspension to make it ride and handle like it should.
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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The 328i, with its four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, is reasonably rapid, but the 335i, which has a six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbo, is phenomenally fast. Our favourite, though, is the 320d. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel is properly quick when you want it to be, and it’s also effortlessly flexible and impressively efficient.
SE looks like the best package of equipment, but above that, buyers can personalise their cars 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 automatic gearbox.
I have done 52000 in 10 months. No real problems on quality really. My local BMW service garage is very efficient and have a nice while you wait…
Lots of wind noise much worse than the old version so stereo sounds poor but have to turn it up over the wind noise- buy better sound option Cold i…
I test drove the 320d Sport Touring and I'm now waiting for my car to arrive in December. It has the most impressive diesel engine I have ever driven…
The best engine in the 3 Series Touring range, and SE trim provides all the kit you need for a reasonable price. This is the Touring to go for.