2015 BMW 3 Series Touring review: practical and fun

Introduction

All the hallmarks of the BMW 3 Series saloon but with some added space and practicality, the BMW 3 Series Touring might not be the carry-all solution some of its estate cars offer, but it’s still a compelling buy. 

Body Style: 5 door estate Seats: 5  MRP from £28,130-£45,620 

Did you know? The BMW 3 Series and its rivals might be touted as the practical choices, but a VW Golf Estate actually has more carrying capacity. 

 

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 7.7/10 

The 3 Series is a mainstay in the UK, and the Touring only adds to its appeal. No, it’s not the most capacious estate car you can buy, but it adds a touch more practicality to the mix, and does so without detracting from the 3’s enormous driving appeal. Its style make the newer Audi A4 Avant look conservative, though its ubiquity and age is beginning to show among its rivals, particularly inside. 

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4 run it closer on the road than ever, even if the BMW retains the top spot for keen drivers. It’s efficient and should be relatively inexpensive to run, particularly if you forgo a little performance and pick the 320d ED models. Do that and you’ll have a sharp and enjoyable all-rounder, that’ll rarely need filling up and keep your tax bills to a minimum.  

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Technology & Connectivi...