Bmw Bmw 3 Series Touring 318i M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming
iDrive controller on centre console
Variable sport steering
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
Auto start-stop
Condition based service
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
BMW service history
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Gearshift time display in manual mode
Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
BMW ConnectedDrive oline services with BMW apps
M sport suspension
Battery cut-out switch
Larger capacity fuel tank
Petrol Particulate Filter
Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
Stroke dependent dampers
Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
8 speed automatic steptronic transmission
EU6 emissions management
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
DAB tuner
Electronic service booklet
Rear wiper
Body colour door handles
High gloss shadow line
Body colour fuel filler flap
Black roof mouldings
Automatic headlight activation/adjustment
LED daytime running lights
Dynamic brake lights
Body colour mirror caps
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Acoustic glazing
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator + bottom segment in matt black
Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Matt black exterior B pillar
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
Extended LED headlights
Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
M designation on front side panels, left and right
Fading support
Body colour mirror caps with bottom segment in matt black
High gloss black exterior B pillar
Heated front seats
Anthracite headlining
Front and rear door pockets
Front head restraints
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Front and rear velour floor mats
Front sports seats
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
Front and rear reading lights
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading system
Make-up mirror lights
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
12V power socket in front storage compartment
Three spoke multifunction sport leather steering wheel
Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Centred top Luggage compartment lights
3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
Heated driver and front passenger seats
3 zone automatic air conditioning
Illuminated armrest storage compartment
Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
Ambient lighting with welcome carpet light
M sport leather steering wheel
Three spoke multifunction M sport leather steering wheel
Backrest width adjustment
Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
M sport exterior styling pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Live cockpit professional pack - 3 series
Side impact protection
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Dynamic brake control
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Brake energy regeneration
BMW emergency call
Braking pre-tensioning
Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
2 tone horn
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Child proof locking system in rear door
Dry braking
Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Airbags activation controlled with intensity and scope
3 rear seats with non folding headrests
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Vehicle key with M specific designation
Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid and panic mode
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
CO2 153
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 2068
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 565
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 42.20
Urban 42.20
Extra Urban 40.40
Badge Engine CC 1998
Badge Power 156.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.42
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.70
Engine BHP 156.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1570
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 137
Front Tyres 225/45 R18
Rear Tyres 255/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1440
Length 4709
Wheel Base 2851
Width 1827
Fuel Tank Size 59.00
Weight 2135
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1570
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The sophisticated sixth generation 'G20' generation version of BMW's 3 Series Touring holds no great surprises to those who understand the narrative of this model. It's not the most accomplished load lugger in its class but it's the best drive and offers the most efficiency. That'll be enough to clinch the deal for most who just hanker after a 3 Series with a bit more versatility.

Background

Conventional wisdom dictates that estate cars are designed for people who can't fit all the paraphernalia of modern life inside a conventional saloon or hatchback model. You'd certainly imagine that an estate would require a lot more space than the saloon on which it is based in order to justify its own existence but, particularly in the compact executive sector where BMW's 3 Series Touring competes, it isn't always that straightforward. It might be a surprise for some people to learn that many mid-sized executive estate cars are only fractionally roomier than their saloon equivalents - and some even have less space out back. Estate buyers in this sector are typically also asked to pay around £1,300 more for the privilege. That's extra money for extra space. How much extra space? With the rear seats in place just 20 litres over the saloon. You don't, in other words, buy this car for its luggage cramming talents. You buy it because you want the capability in hand and also because it's a little more 'lifestyle' and a little less 'field sales' than the standard 3 Series saloon.

Driving Experience

The well-versed themes of the 3 Series are present and correct in this sixth generation Touring model. It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and the 184hp 320i. The 320i's same engine's is also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.5s (or just 7.1s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering.

Design and Build

It won't surprise you to learn that from the front bumper to the B-pillar, the 3 Series Touring is identical to the saloon model. This version of this estate variant has larger exterior dimensions than its predecessor. It has grown by 76mm to 4,709mm in length, by 16mm to 1,827mm in width and by 11mm to 1,440mm in height. The wheelbase has also been extended by 41mm to 2,851mm, plus 43mm has been added to the front track (1,587 mm) and 21mm to the rear track (1,604mm). You'll want to know about the boot, accessed via a standard powered tailgate. It's 500-litres inside (5-litres bigger than the previous generation Touring model and 20-litres bigger than the boot of a current 'G20'-generation 3 Series saloon model. The capacity falls a bit with the 330e PHEV variant due to the battery placement beneath the floor. BMW reckons those stats don't tell the whole story, pointing out that the boot is up to 112mm wider than the predecessor design and its loading aperture is 30mm higher and up to 125mm wider in its upper section. The loading sill is slightly lower (at 616mm) and the step between it and the boot floor has been reduced in height from 35mm to 8mm - all of which makes it much easier to load large, heavy items of luggage. Fold the seats flat and there's a maximum capacity of 1,500-litres.

Market and Model

The 3 Series Touring range mainly occupies the £35,000 to £45,000 bracket and comes in three trim levels: 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport'. As well as a line-specific front and rear bumper design, the 'SE' comes with light- alloy wheels in 17-inch or optional 18-inch formats, aluminium door sill strips and LED front fog lamps. Plus the 'SE' model gets a smart leather sport steering wheel with multifunction buttons and thumb rests. Mid-range 'Sport' trim includes 'High-gloss Shadow Line' trim, plus special kidney grille bars and trim elements for the air intakes and rear apron in High-gloss Black. The sporty exterior is enhanced with exclusive 18" V spoke light alloy wheels. Inside the 'Sport' gets trim strips in High-gloss Black and heated sports seats in Vernasca leather. Ideally though, you'd want the 'M Sport' model, which features large air intakes at the front end to combine with an equally distinctive design for the side skirts and rear apron. These elements are joined by BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, kidney grille bars in High-gloss Black, air intake trim in High-gloss Black and a rear diffuser in Dark Shadow. Heated sports seats with Vernasca leather, an M leather steering wheel, an anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon are standard at this level.

Cost of Ownership

Although the upfront price might be a bit of a hurdle for some, the 3 Series Touring looks as if it will prove a fairly cost-effective car to own. They're no longer the cast iron financial prospect they used to be - the laws of supply and demand have seen to that - but if residuals have softened a bit, then the improved efficiency of the latest cars make up for it. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 57.6mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 129g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 152g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e iPerformance petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

Since its launch in 1987, more than 1.7 million examples of the 3 Series Touring have hit the roads, with this sixth generation model's immediate predecessor alone accounting for more than 500,000 of these. In other words, this 3 Series station wagon has long been one of the quiet achievers in BMW's model range. There's a reason for that. Look behind the low-key styling and you find a car that does so much so well. True, it's not vastly practical, but the changes BMW has made to the cargo area have had more of a real word impact than the stats suggest. And pragmatic estate buyers will appreciate the fact that this car is the most efficient choice you can make in the premium part of the mid-sized estate sector. A lot to like them, which is just as well given the premium prices being asked. Still, if you're shopping in this sector, we think you'll find this contender even more difficult to ignore.

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Wifi hotspot preparation Standard (ex. VAT)
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £291.67 (ex. VAT)
BMW Drive recorder Standard (ex. VAT)
Harman/Kardon loud speaker system £683.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Aluminium roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Sun protection glass £266.67 (ex. VAT)
High beam assistant Standard (ex. VAT)
High gloss shadow line roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Fully electric towbar £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Adaptive LED Headlights Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW individual exterior line aluminium satinated Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Laserlights Standard (ex. VAT)
Panoramic glass sunroof £991.67 (ex. VAT)
High gloss shadow line exterior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Aluminium satinated Roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Individual high gloss shadow line roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Preparation for high beam assistant Standard (ex. VAT)
Aluminium exterior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Driver seat lumbar adjustment £162.50 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery Standard (ex. VAT)
Heating steering wheel £141.67 (ex. VAT)
Driver and front passenger lumbar support £220.83 (ex. VAT)
Electric seat adjustment with memory Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery with contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Deletion lumbar support/width adjustment passenger side Standard (ex. VAT)
Luggage compartment pack - 3 Series Touring Standard (ex. VAT)
Extended storage pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon Standard (ex. VAT)
Visibility package - 3 Series Saloon/Touring £1250.00 (ex. VAT)
Driving assistant professional pack - 3 Series £1041.67 (ex. VAT)
Parking assistant plus pack - 3 Series £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Comfort package - 3 Series Touring £683.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium package - 3 Series Touring £1583.33 (ex. VAT)
Comfort plus pack - 3 Series Touring £1566.67 (ex. VAT)
Additional storage compartment pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon £158.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Alpine white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral grey £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Black sapphire £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral white £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Portimao blue £579.17 (ex. VAT)
M Sport brake in high gloss red £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Comfort access system with smart opener Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW Individual piano black trim £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Sensatec instrument panel Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Aluminium tetragon interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Mesh effect aluminium interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Fine wood oak grain open pored interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
High gloss fine wood ash grey brown interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Black with grey stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Cognac with mokka stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Vernasca leather - Tacora red with black stitching Standard (ex. VAT)
Ash grey brown interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Oak grain open pored interior trim £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Run-flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
19" BMW individual double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 793 with mixed tyres and run flat tyres £625.00 (ex. VAT)
18" M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M with run flat tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
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Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming
iDrive controller on centre console
Variable sport steering
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
Auto start-stop
Condition based service
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
BMW service history
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Gearshift time display in manual mode
Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
BMW ConnectedDrive oline services with BMW apps
M sport suspension
Battery cut-out switch
Larger capacity fuel tank
Petrol Particulate Filter
Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
Stroke dependent dampers
Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
8 speed automatic steptronic transmission
EU6 emissions management
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
DAB tuner
Electronic service booklet
Rear wiper
Body colour door handles
High gloss shadow line
Body colour fuel filler flap
Black roof mouldings
Automatic headlight activation/adjustment
LED daytime running lights
Dynamic brake lights
Body colour mirror caps
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Acoustic glazing
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Body colour - fuel filler flap, front and rear bumpers, door handles and mirror caps with integrated turn indicator + bottom segment in matt black
Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Matt black exterior B pillar
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
Extended LED headlights
Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
M designation on front side panels, left and right
Fading support
Body colour mirror caps with bottom segment in matt black
High gloss black exterior B pillar
Heated front seats
Anthracite headlining
Front and rear door pockets
Front head restraints
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Front and rear velour floor mats
Front sports seats
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
Front and rear reading lights
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading system
Make-up mirror lights
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
12V power socket in front storage compartment
Three spoke multifunction sport leather steering wheel
Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Centred top Luggage compartment lights
3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
Heated driver and front passenger seats
3 zone automatic air conditioning
Illuminated armrest storage compartment
Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
Ambient lighting with welcome carpet light
M sport leather steering wheel
Three spoke multifunction M sport leather steering wheel
Backrest width adjustment
Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
M sport exterior styling pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
Live cockpit professional pack - 3 series
Side impact protection
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Dynamic brake control
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Brake energy regeneration
BMW emergency call
Braking pre-tensioning
Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
2 tone horn
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Child proof locking system in rear door
Dry braking
Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Airbags activation controlled with intensity and scope
3 rear seats with non folding headrests
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Vehicle key with M specific designation
Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid and panic mode
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
CO2 153
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 2068
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 565
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 42.20
Urban 42.20
Extra Urban 40.40
Badge Engine CC 1998
Badge Power 156.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.42
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.70
Engine BHP 156.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1570
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 137
Front Tyres 225/45 R18
Rear Tyres 255/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1440
Length 4709
Wheel Base 2851
Width 1827
Fuel Tank Size 59.00
Weight 2135
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1570
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The sophisticated sixth generation 'G20' generation version of BMW's 3 Series Touring holds no great surprises to those who understand the narrative of this model. It's not the most accomplished load lugger in its class but it's the best drive and offers the most efficiency. That'll be enough to clinch the deal for most who just hanker after a 3 Series with a bit more versatility.

Background

Conventional wisdom dictates that estate cars are designed for people who can't fit all the paraphernalia of modern life inside a conventional saloon or hatchback model. You'd certainly imagine that an estate would require a lot more space than the saloon on which it is based in order to justify its own existence but, particularly in the compact executive sector where BMW's 3 Series Touring competes, it isn't always that straightforward. It might be a surprise for some people to learn that many mid-sized executive estate cars are only fractionally roomier than their saloon equivalents - and some even have less space out back. Estate buyers in this sector are typically also asked to pay around £1,300 more for the privilege. That's extra money for extra space. How much extra space? With the rear seats in place just 20 litres over the saloon. You don't, in other words, buy this car for its luggage cramming talents. You buy it because you want the capability in hand and also because it's a little more 'lifestyle' and a little less 'field sales' than the standard 3 Series saloon.

Driving Experience

The well-versed themes of the 3 Series are present and correct in this sixth generation Touring model. It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and the 184hp 320i. The 320i's same engine's is also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.5s (or just 7.1s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering.

Design and Build

It won't surprise you to learn that from the front bumper to the B-pillar, the 3 Series Touring is identical to the saloon model. This version of this estate variant has larger exterior dimensions than its predecessor. It has grown by 76mm to 4,709mm in length, by 16mm to 1,827mm in width and by 11mm to 1,440mm in height. The wheelbase has also been extended by 41mm to 2,851mm, plus 43mm has been added to the front track (1,587 mm) and 21mm to the rear track (1,604mm). You'll want to know about the boot, accessed via a standard powered tailgate. It's 500-litres inside (5-litres bigger than the previous generation Touring model and 20-litres bigger than the boot of a current 'G20'-generation 3 Series saloon model. The capacity falls a bit with the 330e PHEV variant due to the battery placement beneath the floor. BMW reckons those stats don't tell the whole story, pointing out that the boot is up to 112mm wider than the predecessor design and its loading aperture is 30mm higher and up to 125mm wider in its upper section. The loading sill is slightly lower (at 616mm) and the step between it and the boot floor has been reduced in height from 35mm to 8mm - all of which makes it much easier to load large, heavy items of luggage. Fold the seats flat and there's a maximum capacity of 1,500-litres.

Market and Model

The 3 Series Touring range mainly occupies the £35,000 to £45,000 bracket and comes in three trim levels: 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport'. As well as a line-specific front and rear bumper design, the 'SE' comes with light- alloy wheels in 17-inch or optional 18-inch formats, aluminium door sill strips and LED front fog lamps. Plus the 'SE' model gets a smart leather sport steering wheel with multifunction buttons and thumb rests. Mid-range 'Sport' trim includes 'High-gloss Shadow Line' trim, plus special kidney grille bars and trim elements for the air intakes and rear apron in High-gloss Black. The sporty exterior is enhanced with exclusive 18" V spoke light alloy wheels. Inside the 'Sport' gets trim strips in High-gloss Black and heated sports seats in Vernasca leather. Ideally though, you'd want the 'M Sport' model, which features large air intakes at the front end to combine with an equally distinctive design for the side skirts and rear apron. These elements are joined by BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, kidney grille bars in High-gloss Black, air intake trim in High-gloss Black and a rear diffuser in Dark Shadow. Heated sports seats with Vernasca leather, an M leather steering wheel, an anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon are standard at this level.

Cost of Ownership

Although the upfront price might be a bit of a hurdle for some, the 3 Series Touring looks as if it will prove a fairly cost-effective car to own. They're no longer the cast iron financial prospect they used to be - the laws of supply and demand have seen to that - but if residuals have softened a bit, then the improved efficiency of the latest cars make up for it. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 57.6mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 129g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 152g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e iPerformance petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

Since its launch in 1987, more than 1.7 million examples of the 3 Series Touring have hit the roads, with this sixth generation model's immediate predecessor alone accounting for more than 500,000 of these. In other words, this 3 Series station wagon has long been one of the quiet achievers in BMW's model range. There's a reason for that. Look behind the low-key styling and you find a car that does so much so well. True, it's not vastly practical, but the changes BMW has made to the cargo area have had more of a real word impact than the stats suggest. And pragmatic estate buyers will appreciate the fact that this car is the most efficient choice you can make in the premium part of the mid-sized estate sector. A lot to like them, which is just as well given the premium prices being asked. Still, if you're shopping in this sector, we think you'll find this contender even more difficult to ignore.

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