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29 November 2019: Say hello to our new BMW 330d Touring

The Details

Current mileage 446
Claimed economy 49.6-51.4
Actual economy 39.8mpg

The 330d Touring (G21) is the car that will, in all probability, mark the end of an era for BMW. Gone are the days when six-cylinder diesel estates are the go-to car for family car buyers. Today, people want SUVs with petrol or electric power. 

That means big diesel motorway monsters, like the 330d Touring, are living on borrowed time. However, while the fat lady might be clearing her throat, she hasn't started singing just yet. And that means BMW's straight-six diesel lives to fight for another year or two.

In my opinion, the BMW Touring is one of the best looking models in the entire 3 Series range. Low-slung, stylish and discreet, the Touring looks broader and more complete than the saloon version. It also has creases that run the entire length of the bodywork, which means there are some nice curvatures at the sides. 

In keeping with its sleeper status, the 330d complements its stylish but unassuming status with some serious performance figures. The 330d’s 3.0-litre straight-six develops 265PS and 580Nm of torque, which means this sleek estate will rocket from zero to 62mph in 5.4 seconds. That's half a second quicker than the petrol 330i.

BMW 3 Series 330d 2

With so much power on tap, my test car has the optional xDrive all-wheel drive system fitted. It also gets an electronically controlled rear differential for the rear axle, which comes as standard on the M Sport Plus Edition. This means you simply point the car at the horizon, thump the throttle and hold on for dear life - a brilliant way to start any Monday morning. 

When it comes to optional extras, BMW has thrown the kitchen sink at my test car. It comes with the latest adaptive LED headlights that switch off individual diodes to illuminate the road and prevent oncoming drivers being blinded. It also comes with a head-up display that shows the vehicle's digital speed and navigation directions on the lower part of the windscreen.

Inside, the options continue with the panoramic sunroof, heated leather sport seats and heated M Sport steering wheel. Parking assistant Plus is also thrown in, which automatically steers the car into a space while showing 360 degree image of it the vehicle and its surroundings.

Despite its sporty looks, the 330d Touring still does the job of the traditional estate. The boot can hold 500 litres, which is five more than its predecessor with the rear seats in place. Boot capacity also expands to offer a maximum capacity of 1500 litres with the seats down. And the 330d xDrive will tow 1800kg when hooked to a braked trailer/caravan, while the maximum noseweight is 75kg. All-in-all, this is a fast, practical and tech-laden family car. And the next six months should be a lot of fun. 

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