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BMW 3-Series Touring review

2005 - 2012 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

At a glance

Price new £21,750 - £39,985
Used prices £893 - £9,609
Road tax cost £35 - £675
Insurance group 21 - 38
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 416 - 832 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Great to drive, decent level of standard kit, premium image, economical engines


Small load area for an estate, limited rear passenger space

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


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.