What Car? says...
The BMW Alpina B3 Touring looks a lot like the 3 Series estate car it's based on, but that appearance is deceptive – in a good way. Tuning company Alpina has taken the already accomplished 3 Series Touring M340i xDrive and added a spoonful of spice to it.
Or perhaps two heaped spoonfuls of spice. The Alpina B3 Touring has enough punch to step on the toes of more aggressive rivals, from the Audi RS4 Avant to BMW’s own M3 Touring, which is due later in 2022.
There's a single trim level, and you can combine the factory-fitted options available with the regular 3 Series with a wealth of Alpina-specific extras.
Over the next few pages of this review, we’ll tell you how the BMW Alpina B3 Touring stacks up against some of the best estate cars in terms of performance, interior quality, practicality and running costs.
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