BMW 3 Series Touring review

Category: Estate car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol, hybrid
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Introduction

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When you’re in the market for a practical car, it’s tempting to head straight for an SUV. However, the estate car was the luggage king first, and the BMW 3 Series Touring is one that appeals to drivers while remaining unphased by the prospect of wardrobe transportation.

This is the sixth generation of the 3 Series Touring and BMW hasn’t strayed far from the time-proven theme of a sporty, rear-wheel-drive estate car. It doesn’t exactly have the market to itself, though, and faces direct competition from the Audi A4 AvantMercedes C Class Estate and Volvo V60.
 

The 3 Series Touring is the smallest estate in BMW's line-up, sitting below the larger 5 Series Touring and, like that car, it’ll suit many tastes and budgets. These days, you have the option of four-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW speak), along with a range of strong yet efficient petrol and diesel engines. There's even a plug-in hybrid version, which has the potential to slice chunks of your company car tax bill and power itself on pure battery power for around 30 miles.

Inside, you’ll find all the quality and sophistication you might expect of a BMW, but it’s fair to say that more practical, yet less expensive, family haulers such as the Skoda Superb Estate and Volkswagen Passat Estate, have made big leaps in recent years. Exactly what, then, does the latest 3 Series Touring offer to put itself at an advantage?

You’ll have your answers over the next few pages, where we’ll tell what BMW's smallest estate is like to drive, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost to run.

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Number of trims22 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? diesel, petrol, hybrid
MPG range across all versions156.9 - 58.9
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£912 / £3,808
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£1,825 / £7,616

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