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 34 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:
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…
Having just completed 3 years and 28k miles in my 318d Exclusive without any problems whatsoever I have just bought the Modern 318d. Same engine but…
After px my 4 year old 7 I decided that's I would go for a top spec 3 tourer ,I chose the 330d M sport with most of the options bar sun roof, I went…
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…