2019 BMW 3 Series Touring revealed: price, specs and release data

New 3 Series estate offers generous space, a high-tech interior and plug-in hybrid power...

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring front

On sale: September 2019 | Price from: £34,000 (est)

We’re big fans of the latest BMW 3 Series at What Car?, so much so that it’s our reigning Executive Car of the Year. But how do you make the best even better? Well, more space is a good place to start, and that’s exactly what the new BMW 3 Series Touring brings to the table.

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring space and practicality

With 500 litres of storage space (five more than its predecessor and 20 more than the current saloon), the 3 Series Touring should comfortably be able to handle your holiday luggage, a couple of sets of golf clubs or the results of a frantic weekend shopping trip. It soundly trumps the rival Mercedes C-Class Estate for sheer capacity, although the Audi A4 Avant can hold slightly more and the considerably cheaper Skoda Superb Estate dwarfs everything else in the class.

A powered tailgate comes as standard, and it can optionally be opened or closed by swiping your foot under the rear bumper. As before, too, the rear window opens separately, making it easy to take out smaller items without opening the whole tailgate. The boot space itself is also wider than before and has a smaller loading lip, which should make it easier to load and unload heavier items.

If you find yourself in need of more space, the 3 Series Touring’s rear seats split and fold down in a 40/20/40 arrangement. As an option, buyers can specify rubberised rails that stop luggage from sliding around. You can also detach the load cover and boot partition net completely and store them in compartments under the boot floor.

From the front, the 3 Series Touring is identical to its saloon sibling, while its rear windows are significantly wider than its predecessor’s, letting more light into the rear. To bring in even more sunshine, you can add a panoramic roof.

Rear passengers get marginally more leg room than before, while there’s enough space on the rear bench for three child car seats side by side, with two of those anchored into place using Isofix mounting points. If you plan on towing, meanwhile, the 3 Series Touring can haul up to 1800kg.

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring rear

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring engines

The engine range echoes that of the 3 Series saloon, with 2.0-litre petrols in the 320i, 330i and performance-oriented M340i models, 2.0-litre diesels in the 318d and 320d and a 3.0-litre diesel in the 330d. The mid-range 320d, which makes 187bhp, is likely to be our recommended choice; BMW hasn’t provided any WLTP fuel economy details yet, but CO2 emissions are rated at 125g/km (NEDC). Four-wheel drive is available on some versions of the 3 Series Touring, while an eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard.

From next summer, there will also be a plug-in hybrid variant, badged as the 330e. With a combined 248bhp available from its 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor, this will be able to drive for up to 39 miles on electric power alone.

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring interior

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring equipment

As well as the SE, Sport and M Sport trim levels we’ve come to expect (and of those, the vast majority of people will head straight to M Sport), there’s now also M Sport Plus, which gets exclusive paint colours, aluminium interior trim pieces and parts from BMW’s performance catalogue, including upgraded brakes and suspension. Standard equipment on all models includes automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth and tri-zone climate control. You also get BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system, which can be controlled by touch, mid-air hand gestures, voice commands or a rotary dial on the centre console, depending on which options you choose.

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring boot

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring price

The 3 Series Touring should cost around £1500 more than the equivalent 3 Series saloon, meaning prices will start at around £34,000 – more expensive than the A4 Avant but cheaper than the C-Class Estate. Target Price discounts will become generous in time; as an example, What Car? New Car Buying can currently net you a saving of up to £4581 on the current 3 Series Touring.

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10. Ford Mondeo Estate

Ford Mondeo Estate

The Mondeo Estate used to be the default load-lugging choice, because of its black-hole-like boot, but this latest version traded some of that capacity for looks. It's a handsome car, but it’s still rather large. This can be intimidating in car parks and has made it popular with taxi drivers, so many Mondeo Estates show the signs of a hard life. You therefore have to scout carefully to bag a nice example, but do so and you'll get one of the most practical used estate cars on the market today.

We found: 2015 Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 56,800 miles, £9800

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9. BMW 3 Series Touring

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The 3 Series Touring is more of a lifestyle estate than a flat-pack furniture hauler, but BMW has improved the utility of its smaller estate with each passing generation. In this model, you can even load smaller items through the hinged back window if you don’t have room to open the whole tailgate. And when you aren't hauling all sorts of clobber in the boot, it still drives just as well as the 3 Series saloon, making it a very enjoyable estate to steer. If you could buy a newer model with fewer miles for this money, it would have finished higher up this list.

We found: 2015 BMW 320d Touring Efficient Dynamics auto, 80,924 miles, £9995

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