Great to drive, decent level of standard kit, premium image, economical engines
Small load area for an estate, limited rear passenger space
As estates go, the BMW 3 Series Touring isn't the biggest around, but it's usefully practical nonetheless. It's certainly a good choice if you need more versatility than the Saloon version offers.
Standard boot capacity is actually the same as the four-door - but with the rear seats folded flat the Touring can carry plenty with more than 1,300 litres of space.
There's a huge choice of engines available and from September 2007 all cars featured EfficientDynamics fuel-saving technology.
In autumn 2008 the Touring was facelifted (along with the Saloon) with sharper styling, a refreshed interior and tweaks to make the engines even more economical.
BMW 3 Series Touring stalling recall: far-reaching rectification announced in 2018
On the back of BBC Watchdog investigation, in May 2018 BMW announced it was recalling 312,000 petrol- and diesel-engined cars built between March 2007 and August 2011.
This generation of 3 Series Touring is one of the ranges could be affected, so it’s vital to check with a BMW dealer whether the work to fix the problem has been undertaken before buying a used example.