BMW 3 Series Touring Review 2024
BMW 3 Series Touring At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 24–42
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
Combining the space of a family estate with the fun of a sports saloon, the BMW 3 Series Touring is a car that offers most things to most people. Practical, stylish and rewarding to drive, we rate it as one of the best in the premium estate car class.
The compact executive estate class is highly competitive. Both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and Audi A4 Avant are excellent cars but we think the BMW 3 Series Touring is quite possibly the best of the bunch - especially now it's been brought bang up to date with sharper looks and a new infotainment system.
The 3 Series Touring has a comprehensive choice of petrol and diesel engines, along with an impressive petrol plug-in hybrid that's designed for company car drivers with low CO2 emissions and an electric range of up to 38 miles.
The 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines offer a good balance between performance and running costs. The 320i is the best of the petrols, developing 184PS and returning up to 42mpg. If you need a diesel, you should aim for the 320d with 190PS (official fuel economy peaks at 58.9mpg).
If you want to inject some fun into your daily commute then the 3 Series Touring is offered with one of the best six-cylinder diesel engines in the business. The flagship BMW M340d packs 340PS and 700Nm of torque, taking it to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. Figures don't quite do it justice, though - it's remarkable how much fun to drive it is for a diesel estate car.
If you buy a regular 3 Series Touring then you will most likely opt for one of the standard rear-wheel drive models. But on-demand four-wheel drive (called xDrive in BMW speak) is available. The M340i and M340d both come with xDrive as standard.
All versions of the BMW 3 Series Touring get a first-class interior, filled with lots of plush and soft-touch materials. The new navigation system that was introduced in 2022 looks ultra-modern yet is easy to use, while you still get a rotary iDrive controller. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard now, too, which means you can mirror apps from your phone onto the car's display.
The 3 Series Touring is one of the most spacious cars in the compact executive estate class. As a result, two large adults can fit in the rear without having to ask those in the front to slide their seats forward.
The boot is a good size too, with 500 litres on offer. Admittedly, it's a smudge short on the 505 litres you get in the Audi A4 Avant but compared to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (460 litres) the 3 Series Touring is more than practical enough.
As a premium all-rounder, the 3 Series Touring estate is BMW at its very best. Opt for one of the four-cylinder versions and you’ll get a fun and efficient family car that’ll match its pricer premium rivals for comfort, luxury and in-car technology. It’s one of our favourite estate cars.