The 3 Series Touring’s level of standard equipment compares well with that of premium rivals, but the Superb Estate offers much more as standard.
That said, even in entry-level SE trim, the 3 Series Touring comes with sat-nav (it’s an extra on the Audi A4 Avant), dual-zone climate and cruise controls, rear parking sensors, 17in alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and automatic lights and wipers.
ED Plus, our preferred trim, adds leather and heated front seats, and looks generously equipped against the equivalent A4, which doesn’t have leather. ED Sport features 17in wheels and sports seats.
M Sport models get larger 18in alloy wheels, more aggressive exterior styling touches and adaptive dampers as standard, while M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in wheels and black exterior accents. We’d say they’re both too expensive to recommend, though.
There are a host of optional extras available with the 3 Series Touring. They include the latest technologies such as adaptive LED headlights and a driver’s head-up display, along with trim enhancements such as wood, aluminium and carbon interior finishes.