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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.

BMW 3 Series Touring
44 5stars

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

Touring 316i ES 5dr £24,870
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316i SE 5dr £25,720
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316i Sport 5dr £26,720
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316d ES 5dr £26,875
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316d SE 5dr £27,725
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i SE 5dr £27,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 316d Sport 5dr £28,725
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i Modern 5dr £28,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i Sport 5dr £28,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d SE 5dr £28,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive SE 5dr £29,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d Modern 5dr £29,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d Sport 5dr £29,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d EfficientDynamics 5dr £30,075
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d SE 5dr £30,075
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320i Luxury 5dr £30,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive Modern 5dr £30,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive Sport 5dr £30,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320i M Sport 5dr £30,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d Modern 5dr £31,075
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d Sport 5dr £31,075
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 328i SE 5dr £31,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d Luxury 5dr £31,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d EfficientDynamics Busines 5dr £31,475
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive SE 5dr £31,705
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320i xDrive Luxury 5dr £31,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 318d M Sport 5dr £31,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 325d SE 5dr £32,005
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 328i Modern 5dr £32,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 328i Sport 5dr £32,105
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 Luxury 5dr £32,575
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive Modern 5dr £32,705
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive Sport 5dr £32,705
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 325d Modern 5dr £33,005
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d M Sport 5dr £33,075
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 328i Luxury 5dr £33,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 328i M Sport 5dr £34,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive Luxury 5dr £34,205
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 325d Luxury 5dr £34,505
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 320d xDrive M Sport 5dr £34,705
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 325d M Sport 5dr £35,005
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 330d SE 5dr £35,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d Modern 5dr £36,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d xDrive SE 5dr £36,920
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 330d Luxury 5dr £37,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d xDrive Modern 5dr £37,920
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 330d M Sport 5dr £38,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 335i Luxury 5dr £39,060
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d xDrive Luxury 5dr £39,420
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 335i M Sport 5dr £39,560
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 330d xDrive M Sport 5dr £39,920
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 335d xDrive Luxury 5dr £42,320
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 335d xDrive M Sport 5dr £42,820
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

BMW 3 Series Touring 320d EfficientDynamics 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

BMW 3 Series Touring 320d Sport 5dr

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…

Rick Rick

2 out of 5 stars
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