Used BMW 3 Series Touring 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2005 review
BMW 3 Series Touring (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series Touring (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series Touring (98 - 07)
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What's the used BMW 3 Series estate like?

As long as you don't think you're buying a workhorse estate, the BMW 3 Series Touring is fine. It may be bigger than previous models, and compare well with rivals from Audi and Mercedes, but this is no Volvo. It only brings a slight increase in practicality over the saloon.

Fortunately, you don't sacrifice sharp handling. Compared with the previous model, this car's sporting edge was softened slightly so it could compete with the comfort and refinement of the likes of the Mercedes C-Class Estate. However, it remained the best car in its class to drive, with a fantastic blend of ride, handling and well weighted controls that none of its rivals could touch.

Build quality is as good as you could expect of a German prestige car, and equipment levels are good across the range.