BMW 3 Series Touring (2015-2019) Review

The BMW 3 Series Touring is a fun-to-drive estate car with a well-built interior and a wide range of engine options but alternatives look nicer inside and have bigger boots.


This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Fun to drive
  • Decent cabin space
  • Plenty of engines to choose from

What's not so good

  • Expensive options
  • Alternatives have posher interiors
  • New 3 Series Touring on the way

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Overall verdict

The BMW 3 Series Touring is a more practical version of the 3 Series executive saloon and is more fun to drive than the likes of the Audi A4 Avant and the Mercedes C-Class Estate.

The current BMW 3 Series Touring is about to be replaced by an all-new model, but it still looks pretty smart on the outside. More affordable Sport models look a little tame but go for a high-spec M Sport model and this practical estate looks much more purposeful than the angular Audi A4 Avant and swoopy Mercedes C-Class Estate.

Step inside, however, and the BMW 3 Series Touring starts to show its age. Sure, everything’s laid out nice and simply and all its various plastic and metal-effect trims feel nice and solid, but it’s nowhere near as memorable as the C-Class Estate’s elegant interior.

You don’t get as much high-tech kit as in the latest 3 Series saloon, either. That being said, sat nav comes as standard and its iDrive infotainment system is a doddle to use.

You’ll find the BMW 3 Series Touring feels sportier to sit in than alternatives from Audi and Mercedes and you get just as much adjustment to help you get comfy. There’s enough space to ferry a couple of tall adults in the back too, but three will find the 3 Series Touring a little cramped. Their luggage will fit in the boot at least, if not quite as comfortably as in the roomier Audi A4 Avant.

You’ll want to consider the BMW 3 Series Touring if you’re looking for a practical family estate car yet want something that’s still good fun to drive.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

At least you’ll have more fun hauling rubbish to the tip in the BMW 3 Series Touring than in the Audi. It feels more nimble in the corners – even without the optional adaptive suspension fitted – and the standard steering setup gives you a great idea of what the front wheels are up to on twisty roads.

The optional variable steering dulls the experience somewhat but it does make the BMW 3 Series Touring slightly easier to drive around town. That being said, even without it you won’t find inner-city journeys all that stressful thanks to the excellent visibility you get through the BMW’s large windows.

It’s pretty relaxing to drive for long periods, too – especially if you go for the quiet and economical 2-litre diesel engine. There’s also a range of cheaper petrol engines which are a better bet if you do lots of short journeys and a couple of faster 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines if you want something sportier.

You can also swap out the BMW 3 Series Touring’s standard six-speed manual gearbox for a super-smooth automatic. It’s not particularly expensive and helps make it especially easy to drive in heavy traffic.

In fact, there are plenty of optional extras for the BMW 3 Series Touring, which can push the price up quite a bit. It’s still an excellent premium estate car, however – especially if you’re looking for something that’s practical and good fun to drive.

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