BMW 3 Series Touring (2005–2012)

Model History

September 2005

Attractive and practical Touring version of E90 3-Series, itself designated E91. 42 mm longer than predecessor, 4,520mm long by 1,817mm wide by 1,418mm high. Opening tailgate window. Underfloor 'wet' storage. Launch engines: 163bhp 320d with 340Nm torque, does 138mph and 47.9mpg combined; 215bhp 325i with 250Nm torque, does 151mph and 32.8mpg combines. Later engines: 150bhp 320i with 200Nm torque, 258bhp 330i with 300Nm torque and 228bhp 330d with 500Nm torque.

On sale in UK from 17th September 2005. Range comprises 318i, 318d, 335i, 335d, 335xd four wheel drive, 335xi four wheel drive. Prices 320dES Touring £24,540, 320dSE Touring £25,570 and 325iSE Touring £26,340. On sale from 17th September 2005.

September 2006

New 6 cylinder engine range from September 2006:

Model/Power (hp)/Torque (Nm)/0–60 mph/Top Speed/Combined mpg/gkm CO2

325d Touring/197hp/400Nm/0-60 7.3/top speed 145/42.8mpg/176g/km CO2

335i Touring/306hp/400Nm/0-60 5.4/top speed 155/28.8mpg/235g/km

335d Touring/286hp/580Nm/0-60 6.0/top speed 155/36.7mpg/205g/km

335i Touring is lower geared than 335i E92 coupe, at more like 31mph per 1,000rpm in 6th. That make it extremely responsive and almost ludicrrosly fast for an estate car. But even on 18" wheels you get a bit of front-end patter at 150mph. It isn't as calm and refined at high speed as the E92 coupe.

September 2008

Facelifted for 2009

BMW 318i Touring man 143PS, 190Nm, 0-60 9.2, 130mph, 47.1mpg, 144g/km

BMW 320i Touring man 170PS, 210Nm, 0-60 8.1, 140mph, 45.6mpg, 148g/km

BMW 325i Touring man 218PS, 270Nm, 0-60 6.6, 155mph, 39.2mpg, 173g/km

BMW 330i Touring man 272PS, 320Nm, 0-60 6.0, 155mph, 38.7mpg, 175g/km

BMW 335i Touring man 306PS, 400Nm, 0-60 5.5, 155mph, 30.4mpg, 222g/km

BMW 318d Touring man 143PS, 300Nm, 0-60 9.3, 130mph, 58.9mpg, 125g/km

BMW 320d Touring man 177PS, 350Nm, 0-60 7.8, 142mph, 57.6mpg, 130g/km

BMW 325d Touring man 197PS, 400Nm, 0-60 7.6, 145mph, 47.9mpg, 155g/km

BMW 330d Touring man 245PS, 520Nm, 0-60 6.0, 155mph, 47.9mpg, 155g/km

BMW 335d Touring auto 286PS, 580Nm, 0-60 5.9, 155mph, 41.5mpg, 178g/km

January 2010

New BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is the cleanest, most efficient BMW ever. At 109g/km it is the first premium car with CO2 emissions under 110g/km and manages to eke out 68.9mpg from a single gallon of fuel on the combined cycle. Such figures will be a source of joy not only for private buyers paying out £1.10 a litre and rising, but also being in VED band B, the annual road tax is just £35.

Company car drivers benefit because 320d EfficientDynamics attracts only 13% BIK. Companies also benefit from the opportunity to write down 100 per cent of its value in the first year, and claim tax relief against profits, greatly improving cash-flow. The cash flow benefit and the lower cost of money should see contract hire rates fall by up to five per cent over 36 months, according to the fleet industry. (Compared to equivalent vehicles with emissions above 110g/km).

The revised engine produces 163hp and 380Nm of torque enabling the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon to sprint to 62mph in 8.0 seconds, accelerate smoothly in fifth gear from 50 to 75 mph in 9.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 142mph. Peak torque is available from 1,900rpm ensuring flexibility where the driver needs it.

It uses the same new all-aluminium 2.0-litre diesel engine announced above with developments to minimize friction and improve thermodynamics – resulting in more efficient motoring that is easy and comfortable to achieve. Diesel engines are most efficient at lower engine speeds, but they suffer greater vibration at low revs. BMW engineers reduced this by deploying centrifugal pendulum absorbers within the two mass flywheel to compensate for the rotational lack of balance at lower speeds. That allowed a longer final drive ratio and a gearshift indicator that encourages earlier up-shifts. This allows drivers to spend a greater proportion of time in a higher gear and at a lower engine speed, thereby lowering fuel consumption.

In addition, the chassis ride height has been lowered by 15mm, unique 16-inch ‘aero’ wheels are standard fitment and these are equipped with tyres with a lower rolling resistance, all measures to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon will share exactly the same retail price as the 320d SE Saloon. The cleanest 3 Series ever has a retail price of £26,480 (£27,280 OTR) and shares an identical specification (excluding 16-inch aero alloy wheels) including automatic air conditioning, rear Park Distance Control and an auto dimming rear mirror, to mention but a few.

The BMW 318d has a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit with variable vane technology and common rail direct fuel injection. It delivers 143hp and 320Nm of torque from only 1,750rpm. The 20Nm boost helps the 318d Saloon to reach 62mph in 9.1 seconds (Touring is 9.4 seconds) while both go on to reach a top speed of 130mph. On the combined fuel consumption cycle the Saloon achieves 62.8mpg and emits only 119g/km of CO2 (Touring records 62.8mpg and 120g/km).

Both models have lowered emissions enough to drop below the critical 120g/km threshold putting them in band C for VED and just 13 per cent benefit in kind taxation. BMW expects this to give it a clear advantage against key competitors in the battle for corporate sales.

Like the equivalent powerplants in the BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible ranges, the 320d, 325d, 335i and 335d variants of the 3 Series Saloon and Touring also receive enhancements in the engine bay. The 320d Saloon now has a zero to 62mph time of 7.5 seconds (Touring is 7.7 seconds), down from 7.9 seconds, while combined fuel consumption is now 60.1mpg (58.9mph) and emissions are 125g/km (128g/km).

From March 2010 the BMW 325d Saloon’s six-cylinder engine will propel it to 62mph in 7.0 seconds (Touring is 7.2 seconds) while combined fuel consumption is 49.6mpg (48.7mpg) and CO2 emissions are 151g/km (153g/km). Similarly the 335d Saloon and Touring record impressive statistics with fuel consumption improving from 42.2mpg to 42.8mpg (42.2mpg for Touring) and CO2 emissions now at 174g/km (176g/km).

Finally the BMW 335i Saloon and Touring featuring a new single turbocharged 3.0-litre engine sees improvements in fuel consumption, emissions and VED rates. The Saloon variant is now capable of 33.6mpg, 196g/km emissions and drops into band J VED tier. By comparison the Touring variant records 33.2mpg and 199g/km. The BMW 316d Saloon can now be specified with optional 17- or 18-inch alloys instead of only being offered with 16-inch alloy wheels for enhanced customer choice.

EfficientDynamics technology comprises Brake Energy Regeneration, Intelligent Alternator Control, Electric Power Steering, Auto Start-Stop, Active Aerodynamics, Optimum gearshift indicator, Low Rolling Resistance Tyres, low friction fluids and lightweight engineering. They are available, in full or part, across the entire range of BMW models and, unlike some manufacturers, they are included as standard. All of the new BMW 3 Series variants go on sale in the UK on 20 March, 2010.

July 2010

Two new Edition models are now available on all new BMW 3 Series Saloons and 3 Series Tourings, with 320d, 320i, 318d and 318i engines. The Exclusive Edition and Sport Plus Edition models include an array of equipment for just £595 more than a standard SE or M Sport model.

The new Exclusive Edition comprises of exterior updates including Chromeline exterior trim, Chrome slatted Kidney grilles, Matt Silver front bumper valance, Satin Aluminium roof rails and metallic paint. Interior additions included in the Exclusive Edition are Dakota leather upholstery, Anthracite Bamboo interior trim, ‘Edition’ door sill finishers and a sports leather steering wheel. Completing the Exclusive Edition package are Bluetooth telephone preparation and 17 inch light-alloy Star-spoke wheels, resulting in a customer saving of up to £3,005.

Sport Plus Edition offers Black Dakota leather upholstery with contrasting Royal Blue stitching, floor mats with Royal Blue piping and a choice of Le Mans Blue, Black Sapphire or Alpine White metallic paint. The Sport Plus Edition also includes Bluetooth telephone preparation, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, Chrome slatted Kidney grilles, sun protection glass and 18 inch light-alloy M Star-spoke wheels to further enhance the 3 Series’ sporting looks, whilst saving the customer up to £2,325.

July 2015

Haynes manual now available for facelift BMW 3-Series E91s from September 2008 to Feb 2012) 58 reg to 61 reg. Released on 23 July, this new manual covers: Saloon (E90) and Touring (E91) – Sept 2008 – Feb 2012: 318i; 320i; 318d; 320d'; 325d; 330d. The printed manual is priced at £22.99. The book number is 5901. The printed manual is priced at £22.99. The book number is 5901. Haynes Car Manuals are also available to download from the website Haynes Car Manuals Online cost just £20.00 per manual for a year or £25.00 for a lifetime subscription.

What does a BMW 3 Series Touring (2005 – 2012) cost?

List Price from £32,565
Buy new from £27,327
Contract hire from £269.27 per month