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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The 3-Series Touring features a raft of safety features and an impressive tally of equipment including six airbags on all models. All cars get stability and traction control (six-cylinder models getting an even more sophisticated system), and an extra feature is trailer stability control which detects if a towed caravan or trailer starts to swing and intervenes to regain control.

The boot capacity, both with the rear seats in place or folded flat, has increased over that of the old model. The rear hatch features an opening rear window, and a neat feature is the luggage cover which can be released as the rear window is opened then easily pulled back down into place. The boot features a collapsible waterproof box, ideal for storing muddy boots plus there's also a tow bar which folds away when not in use.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Touring (05-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Edition ES equipment

Edition ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
Edition ES optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim

Edition M Sport equipment

Edition M Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Edition M Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers

Edition SE equipment

Edition SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
Edition SE optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Roof rails
ES optional equipment
  • Audio remote

EXL equipment

EXL standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
EXL optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport Business Edition equipment

M Sport Business Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
M Sport Business Edition optional equipment
  • Roof rails

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint

SE Business Edition equipment

SE Business Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Business Edition optional equipment
  • Roof rails

SPP equipment

SPP standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
SPP optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW 3-Series Touring (05-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.