The new BMW 3 Series Touring (Estate) arrives, delivering stylish estate take on the latest 3 Series. On sale this month and with a UK special edition.
BMW may be more about SUVs than estates these days, but the 3 Series Touring is one estate car they’d be mad to dump in favour of more SUVs. Thankfully, that’s not happening so we get an all-new BMW 3 Series Touring for 2019.
BMW has sold 1.7 million 3 Series Touring since it first arrived 32 years ago – getting on for a third of them in the outgoing model – and, despite estate car being a bit unfashionable, BMW are clearly hoping this new 3 Series Touring will match that success.
The new 3 Series Touring is 76mm longer and a tiny bit wider and higher than the old model, and looks just like the 3 Series until you get to the shed on the back, which is elegantly detailed and looks better than its four-door sibling.
The Touring comes in three trim levels – SE, Sport, M Sport – with spec and options pretty much mimicking those for the regular 3 Series, with trim getting blacker and glossier the higher up the trim tree you travel.
Wheels are 17″ on the SE (with 18″ option) and 18″ and 19″ come as standard as you move up the range, and there’s also a special M Sport Plus Edition for the UK, because we like a bit of added bling, and can be had in 320i, 320d, 320d xDrive, 330i and 330d xDrive models.
Engine offering across the whole Touring range start off with the 184bhp 320i and rise to the 374bhp M340i xDrive on the petrol side, and from the 150bhp 318d rising to the 265bhp 33d on the diesel side. There will also be a 330e plug-in hybrid later this year.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring goes on sale in the UK on 14 June. Pries are yet to be confirmed.