BMW

BMW 3 SERIES TOURING 330i M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Tech Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2157 g/km

The sophisticated sixth generation 'G20' generation version of BMW's 3 Series Touring holds no great surprises to those who understand the narrative of this model. It's not the most accomplished load lugger in its class but it's the best drive and offers the most efficiency. That'll be enough to clinch the deal for most who just hanker after a 3 Series with a bit more versatility.

TOUR OPERATOR

The BMW 3 Series Touring is back for those who don't pack light. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The sophisticated sixth generation 'G20' generation version of BMW's 3 Series Touring holds no great surprises to those who understand the narrative of this model. It's not the most accomplished load lugger in its class but it's the best drive and offers the most efficiency. That'll be enough to clinch the deal for most who just hanker after a 3 Series with a bit more versatility.

Background

Conventional wisdom dictates that estate cars are designed for people who can't fit all the paraphernalia of modern life inside a conventional saloon or hatchback model. You'd certainly imagine that an estate would require a lot more space than the saloon on which it is based in order to justify its own existence but, particularly in the compact executive sector where BMW's 3 Series Touring competes, it isn't always that straightforward. It might be a surprise for some people to learn that many mid-sized executive estate cars are only fractionally roomier than their saloon equivalents - and some even have less space out back. Estate buyers in this sector are typically also asked to pay around £1,300 more for the privilege. That's extra money for extra space. How much extra space? With the rear seats in place just 20 litres over the saloon. You don't, in other words, buy this car for its luggage cramming talents. You buy it because you want the capability in hand and also because it's a little more 'lifestyle' and a little less 'field sales' than the standard 3 Series saloon.

Driving Experience

The well-versed themes of the 3 Series are present and correct in this sixth generation Touring model. It's still rear wheel drive of course - though xDrive 4WD is, as before, as option. Upgraded four-cylinder engines from BMW's Efficient Dynamics family are used across the powerplant range, which kicks off with the 156hp 318i and the 184hp 320i. The 320i's same engine's is also used in the 330e plug-in hybrid model. The other mainstream petrol engine available is the 258hp unit in the 330i. If you want six cylinders, you'll need the 374hp engine of the rare M340i. Diesel drivers can start their perusals with the 150hp 318d, before going on to consider the 190hp 320d derivative that most choose. This mid-range diesel model generates 400Nm of torque which enables a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.5s (or just 7.1s for the auto). Next in the diesel line-up is the 265hp 330d and at the top of the diesel range is the 347hp M340d. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is optional on the 320i, the 320d and the 330d. And you have to have it on the M340i and the M340d. A new generation six-speed manual gearbox is available - though only on the base 318d diesel variant. Otherwise, your 3 Series will come with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The handling promises to be even sharper thanks to a wider track, and a chassis that's up to 50% stiffer in some areas and which features special lift-related dampers. A 55kg weight reduction this time round also helps. Adaptive M suspension can be specified on 'M Sport' models. And 330i and 330d buyers will be offered an M Sport differential for the rear axle which helps to enhance traction, agility and cornering.

Design and Build

It won't surprise you to learn that from the front bumper to the B-pillar, the 3 Series Touring is identical to the saloon model. This version of this estate variant has larger exterior dimensions than its predecessor. It has grown by 76mm to 4,709mm in length, by 16mm to 1,827mm in width and by 11mm to 1,440mm in height. The wheelbase has also been extended by 41mm to 2,851mm, plus 43mm has been added to the front track (1,587 mm) and 21mm to the rear track (1,604mm). You'll want to know about the boot, accessed via a standard powered tailgate. It's 500-litres inside (5-litres bigger than the previous generation Touring model and 20-litres bigger than the boot of a current 'G20'-generation 3 Series saloon model. The capacity falls a bit with the 330e PHEV variant due to the battery placement beneath the floor. BMW reckons those stats don't tell the whole story, pointing out that the boot is up to 112mm wider than the predecessor design and its loading aperture is 30mm higher and up to 125mm wider in its upper section. The loading sill is slightly lower (at 616mm) and the step between it and the boot floor has been reduced in height from 35mm to 8mm - all of which makes it much easier to load large, heavy items of luggage. Fold the seats flat and there's a maximum capacity of 1,500-litres.

Market and Model

The 3 Series Touring range mainly occupies the £35,000 to £45,000 bracket and comes in three trim levels: 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport'. As well as a line-specific front and rear bumper design, the 'SE' comes with light- alloy wheels in 17-inch or optional 18-inch formats, aluminium door sill strips and LED front fog lamps. Plus the 'SE' model gets a smart leather sport steering wheel with multifunction buttons and thumb rests. Mid-range 'Sport' trim includes 'High-gloss Shadow Line' trim, plus special kidney grille bars and trim elements for the air intakes and rear apron in High-gloss Black. The sporty exterior is enhanced with exclusive 18" V spoke light alloy wheels. Inside the 'Sport' gets trim strips in High-gloss Black and heated sports seats in Vernasca leather. Ideally though, you'd want the 'M Sport' model, which features large air intakes at the front end to combine with an equally distinctive design for the side skirts and rear apron. These elements are joined by BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, kidney grille bars in High-gloss Black, air intake trim in High-gloss Black and a rear diffuser in Dark Shadow. Heated sports seats with Vernasca leather, an M leather steering wheel, an anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon are standard at this level.

Cost of Ownership

Although the upfront price might be a bit of a hurdle for some, the 3 Series Touring looks as if it will prove a fairly cost-effective car to own. They're no longer the cast iron financial prospect they used to be - the laws of supply and demand have seen to that - but if residuals have softened a bit, then the improved efficiency of the latest cars make up for it. The 320d variant's improved 2.0-litre powerplant now includes multi-stage turbocharging, which brings increased efficiency across all engine speeds. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at up to 57.6mpg for the 2WD 320d. The 320d's CO2 emissions are up to 129g/km. The 320i petrol variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 152g/km of CO2. For the auto-only 330i petrol model, the combined cycle figure is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 reading is up to 156g/km. If you want to do better, you can ask about the 330e iPerformance petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid. The Steptronic automatic transmission option features a coasting mode so that when the driver lifts off the throttle at higher speeds, for example on a gentle downhill grade on the motorway, the engine is automatically decoupled from the powertrain. It then simply ticks over in neutral, which saves fuel and ensures there is no unwanted engine braking at high speed. An additional fuel-saving feature, which also improves driving comfort, is the Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses information from the navigation system to "anticipate" upcoming roundabouts, corners and junctions and select exactly the right time to change gear.

Summary

Since its launch in 1987, more than 1.7 million examples of the 3 Series Touring have hit the roads, with this sixth generation model's immediate predecessor alone accounting for more than 500,000 of these. In other words, this 3 Series station wagon has long been one of the quiet achievers in BMW's model range. There's a reason for that. Look behind the low-key styling and you find a car that does so much so well. True, it's not vastly practical, but the changes BMW has made to the cargo area have had more of a real word impact than the stats suggest. And pragmatic estate buyers will appreciate the fact that this car is the most efficient choice you can make in the premium part of the mid-sized estate sector. A lot to like them, which is just as well given the premium prices being asked. Still, if you're shopping in this sector, we think you'll find this contender even more difficult to ignore.

  • Rear wiper
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing

  • Dry braking
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Brake energy regeneration

  • Front and rear velour floor mats

  • M sport suspension
  • Driving experience modes - Comfort,ECO PRO and Sport+ mode
  • Stroke dependent dampers

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging

  • Attentiveness assist
  • Variable sport steering
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
  • Active guard plus

  • Auto start-stop

  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • BMW service history
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Condition based service
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • iDrive controller on centre console
  • Head up Display
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge

  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function

  • Double VANOS
  • High precision injection
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Harman/Kardon loud speaker system
  • BMW gesture control
  • DAB tuner
  • Electronic service booklet

  • Fading support
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Black roof mouldings
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • Body colour door handles

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning

  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet

  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring

  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • 2 tone horn
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats

  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Front sports seats
  • Front head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation

  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 225
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 157
  • CO2 (g/km): 137
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B48B20O1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 52.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.2

  • Generation Mark: 7
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 258
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport [Tech pack]
  • Coin Description: i
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 190
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
  • Engine Power - BHP: 258
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 790M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
  • Height: 1440
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4709
  • Width: 1827
  • Wheelbase: 2851

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1595
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2185
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 59
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 500
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 590
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1510
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Sun protection glass: £320

  • M Sport braking system: Included
  • M Sport brake in high gloss red: £300

  • Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter: Included

  • BMW Drive recorder: £0

  • Sensatec instrument panel: £0
  • BMW Individual piano black trim: £500
  • Aluminium tetragon interior trim: Included
  • Mesh effect aluminium interior trim: £0
  • Fine wood oak grain open pored interior trim: £150
  • High gloss fine wood ash grey brown interior trim: £150

  • BMW individual exterior line aluminium satinated: £0
  • Metallic paint: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line roof rails: Included
  • Panoramic glass sunroof: £1,190
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim: Included
  • Aluminium satinated Roof rails: £0

  • Preparation for high beam assistant: Included
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • Adaptive LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW Laserlights: £0

  • Vernasca leather upholstery: Included
  • Heating steering wheel: £170
  • Vernasca leather upholstery with contrast stitching: £500

  • Comfort package - 3 Series Touring: £890
  • Parking assistant pack - 3 Series: Included
  • Parking assistant plus pack - 3 Series: £650
  • Comfort plus pack - 3 Series Touring: £1,950
  • Technology plus pack - 3 Series: £1,750
  • Visibility package - 3 Series Saloon/Touring: £1,500
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 3 Series: £1,250
  • Extended storage pack - 3 Series Touring/Saloon: £190
  • Luggage compartment pack - 3 Series Touring: £0

  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Portimao blue: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support: £265
  • Electric seat adjustment with memory: £0
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Fully electric towbar: £850

  • Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching: £500
  • Vernasca leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Cognac with mokka stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0

  • Run-flat tyres: £0

  • 19" BMW individual double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 793 with mixed tyres and run flat tyres: £750
  • 18" NON-RFT M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M inlcuding BMW mobility kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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