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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo (13 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • More boot space than a 3 Series Touring
  • Distinctive looks
  • Fantastic interior space

CONS

  • Those distinctive looks will not be to everyone’s taste
  • Not as fun to drive as a 3 Series saloon or Touring

At a glance

New price £34,635 - £48,150
Lease from new From £361 per month
Used price £6,985 - £32,775
Used monthly cost £172 - £808
Fuel economy 34 - 64 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £465
Insurance group 23 - 42 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • More boot space than a 3 Series Touring
  • Distinctive looks
  • Fantastic interior space

CONS

  • Those distinctive looks will not be to everyone’s taste
  • Not as fun to drive as a 3 Series saloon or Touring

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo rivals

Citroën
DS5
4 out of 5 4.0

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the third variant in the 3 Series range following the Saloon and Touring models, and the idea is to marry sporty looks with the practicality and roominess of an estate.

To achieve the required interior space the 3 Series GT has a longer and taller body and an increased wheelbase. As a result the loadbay is 520 litres, rising to a maximum 1,600 litres when you fold the rear seats down. That's pretty impressive when you consider that the estate’s maximum load area is 495 litres and 1,500 litres respectively.

Engine line-up

Three petrol engines and two diesel engines are available, with a choice of either six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearboxes. For the first time on a BMW there will be an active rear spoiler for improved aerodynamics.

The petrol range will start with the four-cylinder 320i that’ll get from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, while the flagship model will be the six-cylinder 335i that’ll do the benchmark sprint is 5.4 seconds. The diesel range comprises the 318d and the 320d and if fuel economy is a priority then the 318d is the best option with a claimed average fuel economy of 62.8mpg.

Roomy interior

Inside, front and rear-seat passengers all benefit from a seating position raised by 59mm (compared with the saloon and estate), while rear seat passengers benefit from a full 70mm of extra legroom.

At the back, a two-piece parcel shelf seals the load bay, the larger segment opening with the tailgate while the second segment remains on its railing, allowing smaller items to be left in place even when the tailgate is opened. When not in use the sections can be removed and stored away neatly under the load compartment floor.

An electric tailgate is standard-fit, but optionally available is the Smart Opener which allows the boot lid to be opened hands-free with a movement of the foot under the rear bumper. The rear seat backrests are fitted with folding head restraints and can be split 40:20:40. The optional storage package comprises features such as a remote release function for the rear seat backrests and a gas pressure spring to lift the load compartment floor.

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo rivals

Citroën
DS5
4 out of 5 4.0

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