BMW 3 Series Touring estate review

Category: Estate car

Section: Introduction

BMW 3 Series Touring front right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring rear cornering
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior dashboard
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior rear seats
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior infotainment
  • BMW 3 Series Touring right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring rear right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front cornering
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front right static
  • BMW 3 Series Touring rear left static
  • BMW 3 Series Touring alloy wheel detail
  • BMW 3 Series Touring headlight detail
  • BMW 3 Series Touring PHEV charging socket
  • BMW 3 Series Touring 2022 interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior detail
  • BMW 3 Series Touring boot open
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring rear cornering
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior dashboard
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior rear seats
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series interior infotainment
  • BMW 3 Series Touring right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring rear right tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front tracking
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front cornering
  • BMW 3 Series Touring front right static
  • BMW 3 Series Touring rear left static
  • BMW 3 Series Touring alloy wheel detail
  • BMW 3 Series Touring headlight detail
  • BMW 3 Series Touring PHEV charging socket
  • BMW 3 Series Touring 2022 interior front seats
  • BMW 3 Series Touring interior detail
  • BMW 3 Series Touring boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Before SUVs took over the world, estate cars were the luggage kings, and the BMW 3 Series Touring is one that appeals to drivers while remaining unfazed 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 formula of building a sporty estate car. A mid-life facelift brought in some exterior styling tweaks and a revamped technology offering inside to keep BMW’s estate fresh against this competition.

For a start, it faces direct competition from the Audi A4 AvantMercedes C-Class Estate and Volvo V60. It's also fair to say that more practical yet less expensive family haulers such as the Skoda Superb Estate and VW Passat Estate have made big leaps in recent years.

So what, then, does the latest BMW 3 Series Touring offer to put itself at an advantage against those rivals?

You’ll have your answers over the next few pages of this review, where we'll tell what the Touring is like to drive, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost to run. We'll also rate it in all the important areas and tell you which engine and trim we recommend.

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FAQs

  • We’d say it's worth buying over an Audi A4 Avant or Mercedes C-Class Estate if you value driver enjoyment. However, the plug-in hybrid C-Class is a better choice for company car users. Read more here

  • The entry-level Touring costs significantly more than the Skoda Superb Estate and a little more than the equivalent Audi A4 Avant but a little less than a Mercedes C-Class Estate. Read more here

  • We’d recommend the M Sport trim with the M Sport Pro pack to get the best ride. Company car drivers should opt for the 330e plug-in hybrid for the lowest company car tax while private buyers will be best off with the efficient 320d. Read more here

  • The Touring actually has the same footprint as the BMW 3 Series saloon (4713mm length, 2068mm width, 1440mm height). Read more here

  • It's certainly a premium option, but the BMW 5 Series Touring is a far more luxurious choice with greater refinement. Read more here

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Target Price from £39,815
Save up to £1,737
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From £574pm
RRP price range £41,000 - £59,735
Number of trims (see all)8
Number of engines (see all)5
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions 176.6 - 56.5
Available doors options 5
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,024 / £4,347
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,047 / £8,694
Available colours