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BMW 3-Series Touring engines, drive and performance

1995 - 1999 (change model)
Performance rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The Touring gets the same wide range of engines as the saloon. The smaller engines – such as the 316 and 318 – lack the power for towing or carrying heavy loads, so go for a larger engine if this is a concern. 140bhp four cylinder (the 318i) is best of the small engines whilst the six cylinder units (320 upwards) are fabulous. 2.5 tds impresses – it’s refined and quick for its age and a shrewd used buy.

328 makes a good cruiser.

When even the estate in a range gives the driver something to smile about, you know that it’s a special model. The rear-wheel-drive 3-Series is one of these with a chassis that really invites you to drive it hard, although on models without traction control you’ll need to watch it in the wet as it has tail-happy characteristics (especially the more powerful models).

Ride is quite firm, but fine for the motorway.