For The 3 Series Touring is practical and, in the right spec, very good to drive. The engines are strong and efficient, while the classy interior has a user-friendly infotainment system.

Against The smaller diesel engines are noisy and the steering has an inconsistent feel. Adaptive suspension – which we recommend – is a pricey option.

BMW 3 Series Touring
44 5stars

The 3 Series Touring scores highly in almost every area, and is one of the best cars in its class. It’s a shame it’s not a bit more refined, though.

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The full BMW 3 Series review

  • Refinement
    3 out of 5 stars
    Slightly disappointing, mainly due to noisy diesel
  • Buying & Owning
    4 out of 5 stars
    Make sound financial sense for business and privat
  • Quality & Reliability
    4 out of 5 stars
    Feels like a quality product, but BMW’s record cou
  • Safety & Security
    3 out of 5 stars
    Safe, although a little off the pace for kit
  • Behind The Wheel
    4 out of 5 stars
    Very good, but pedals are slightly offset
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
    All but the entry-level models perform strongly
  • Ride & Handling
    4 out of 5 stars
    One of the best cars in its class to drive, with t
  • Space & Practicality
    4 out of 5 stars
    A practical family car, but some rivals are roomie
  • Equipment
    4 out of 5 stars
    Generous spec compared with key rivals

There are 34 BMW 3 Series versions available

Touring 318i Sport 5dr £26,890 TBA
Touring 320i SE 5dr £28,755
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316d SE 5dr £28,920
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i Sport 5dr £29,055
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316d Sport 5dr £29,220
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d SE 5dr £30,170
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive SE 5dr £30,290
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive Sport 5dr £30,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d Sport 5dr £30,470
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i Luxury 5dr £31,255
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d SE 5dr £31,270
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i M Sport 5dr £31,555
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d Sport 5dr £31,570
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d ED Plus 5dr £31,970
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive M Sport 5dr £32,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d ED Sport 5dr £32,470
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive Luxury 5dr £32,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d Luxury 5dr £32,670
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive SE 5dr £32,770
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d M Sport 5dr £32,970
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive Sport 5dr £33,070
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d Luxury 5dr £33,770
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d M Sport 5dr £34,070
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330i Luxury 5dr £34,490
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330i M Sport 5dr £34,790
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive Luxury 5dr £35,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive M Sport 5dr £35,700
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d SE 5dr £36,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d Luxury 5dr £39,100
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d M Sport 5dr £39,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 340i M Sport 5dr £39,940
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d xDrive Luxury 5dr £40,615
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d xDrive M Sport 5dr £40,915
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 335d xDrive M Sport 5dr £42,350
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 330i, with its four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, is rapid, while the 3.0-litre turbo 340i 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 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:

BMW 3 Series Touring 320i SE 5dr

Had a Mondeo Titanium X before, due to late arrival of new model went for a BMW 320d X Drive Touring Dealer Experience Cant fault this Cotswold…

Mark Stevens

3 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Touring 320d ED Plus 5dr

I've had this car since September 2013 and it has been a reliable companion with no breakdowns or malfunctions. As it's a company car, I've been very…

Ken Lim

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Touring 320d M Sport 5dr

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…

Shawn Hill

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 3 Series Touring 330d M Sport 5dr

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…

Michael Foreman

1 out of 5 stars
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