More than 1.7 million versions of BMW’s compact estate have been produced since 1987, and it’s a model that only seems to be growing in popularity. The latest version adopts the look given to the 3 Series saloon at the end of 2018, along with a new chassis and updated infotainment system, to name but a few features.
A longer wheelbase aids both passenger and boot space – the latter now measuring 500 litres, which is 32 litres more than the previous model.
At launch the 3 Series is Touring is offered with six engines – three diesel and three petrol.
The petrols consist of the 320i, 330i and the M340i. The first two utilise 2.0-litre engines – producing 181bhp and 254bhp respectively – with the latter performance-focused engine producing 369bhp. This will make it the most powerful engine offered in the 3 Series, as even when an M3 joins the line-up, it won’t be offered in estate form.
As for diesels, there is the 148bhp 318d and 187bhp 320d (both using 2.0-litre engines) and the 330d featuring a 261bhp 3.0-litre engine. Both the 320d and 330d can be had with all-wheel-drive, too, as well as the regular rear-wheel-drive layout.
Prices for the 3 Series Touring start from £35,505, and rise to £50,055 for the range-topping M340i. It’s available in three trims – SE, Sport and M Sport.
Standard kit includes LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors with a rear camera, an 8.8-inch touchscreen and three-zone climate control.
Sport adds leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and revised styling. Popular M Sport brings revised 18-inch alloy wheels, a large 12.3-inch touchscreen, sports seats and a more dynamic-looking bodykit.
At launch there will also be an M Sport Plus Edition trim level, too, which features a gloss black styling pack, along with upgraded 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension and enhanced dynamics.