2020 BMW M340i xDrive Touring verdict

The BMW M340i xDrive is the hottest 3 Series currently available until the new M3 is unveiled later this year. Can it scratch that M car itch?...

BMW M340i Rear Corner Shot

It’s time to answer the big question: does the M340i live up to the values implied by the M badge it wears? Well, in short, yes it does, but our stamp of approval does come with a proviso. 

If you’re waiting for the new-generation M3 and think the M340i is going to scratch that itch,  you’re probably going to be left a little cold. It simply lacks the pizazz and knife-edge dynamics of a full-blooded M car. However, if you’re after a practical estate that offers effortless performance, class-leading handling and serious point-to-point pace regardless of conditions, look no further. 

Put simply, it really is all the car you’d ever need.

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What Car? says

Rated 4 out of 5

BMW M340i xDrive Touring 

Price £50,055 Engine 6cyl, 2998cc, turbo, petrol Power 369bhp at 5500-6500rpm Torque 369lb ft at 1850-5000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 4.4sec Top speed 155mph Fuel economy 40.4mpg CO2, tax band 165g/km, 37%