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 Avant and Mercedes C-Class estate, as well as all those SUVs that vie for your attention.
In BMW’s range the 3 Series Touring is the smallest estate car you can buy and sits below the larger 5 Series Touring. It offers a range of petrol and diesel engines, and you can add ‘xDrive’ four-wheel drive if you need more traction. You also get a choice of three trim levels and the same personalisation options as the 3 Series saloon.
Inside, you’ll find all the comfort 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 VW Passat Estate, have made big leaps in recent years. Exactly what, then, does the 3 Series Touring offer to put itself at an advantage?
You’ll have your answer over the next few pages, where we’ll tell you how it drives, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost to run. And, whatever car takes your fancy, make sure to check out our New Car Buying pages for a hassle-free deal.