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 Avant, Mercedes 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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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
|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|