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.
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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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There are 34 BMW 3 Series versions available
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:
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…
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…
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…