BMW 3 Series Touring review

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BMW 3 Series Touring
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26 Jan 2016 15:38 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 15:01

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With SUVs having their day in the sun, it’s easy to forget about good ol’ estate cars. Yes, they forgo the raised ride height, but they’re every bit as spacious, practical and, in the case of the BMW 3 Series Touring, are great to drive, too.

It’s worth remembering that the 3 Series Touring isn't alone, though; if you can live without a prestige badge, the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb Estate are spacious rivals and don’t feel like budget cars.

The 3 Series Touring range includes four trims, paired with various petrol and diesel engines that offer excellent performance and competitive emissions. There’s also the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and a manual or an automatic gearbox.

So which should you buy? Read on for our full review to guide you through everything. And, after that, check out our deals page to make sure you're getting the best price too.

 

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There are 26 trims available for the 3 Series estate. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
Comes with all the essentials such as sat-nav, reversing sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and 17in alloy wheels, but you have to pay extra for luxuries such as leather seats...View trim
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Sport
Like ED Sport, the standard Sport model comes with 17in wheels and sportier bumpers and trims. Inside, there are sports seats and a sport multi-function steering wheel, but not the leather trim or...View trim
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SE
Comes with all the essentials such as sat-nav, reversing sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and 17in alloy wheels, but you have to pay extra for luxuries such as leather seats...View trim
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SE
Comes with all the essentials such as sat-nav, reversing sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and 17in alloy wheels, but you have to pay extra for luxuries such as leather seats...View trim
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Sport
Like ED Sport, the standard Sport model comes with 17in wheels and sportier bumpers and trims. Inside, there are sports seats and a sport multi-function steering wheel, but not the leather trim or...View trim
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Sport
Like ED Sport, the standard Sport model comes with 17in wheels and sportier bumpers and trims. Inside, there are sports seats and a sport multi-function steering wheel, but not the leather trim or...View trim
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SE
Comes with all the essentials such as sat-nav, reversing sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and 17in alloy wheels, but you have to pay extra for luxuries such as leather seats...View trim
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Sport
Like ED Sport, the standard Sport model comes with 17in wheels and sportier bumpers and trims. Inside, there are sports seats and a sport multi-function steering wheel, but not the leather trim or...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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SE
Comes with all the essentials such as sat-nav, reversing sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and 17in alloy wheels, but you have to pay extra for luxuries such as leather seats...View trim
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Sport
Like ED Sport, the standard Sport model comes with 17in wheels and sportier bumpers and trims. Inside, there are sports seats and a sport multi-function steering wheel, but not the leather trim or...View trim
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EfficientDynamics Plus
This is our favourite trim because you get all the equipment of SE but with added luxuries such as heated front seats and leather trim. Swaps the SE’s 17in wheels for 16in ones with low-rolling-res...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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EfficientDynamics Sport
Like the ED Plus, it comes with features including sat-nav, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and a DAB radio, as well as leather trim and heated front seats. Also has a sportier look and feel...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport models come with even more aggressive-looking bumpers and sill extensions, M Sport 18in alloy wheels and lowered adaptive sports suspension. Inside are a leather steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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M Sport Shadow Edition
M Sport Shadow Edition cars add 19in alloy wheels and black exterior accents to the M Sport trim’s list, but we’d say it’s too expensive to recommend...View trim
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