BMW 3 Series Touring estate - Interior & comfort
BMW interiors are notoriously conservative but a raft of new technology has lifted the interior
There are now more expensive-looking materials and finishes than before, all of which lifts the atmosphere inside. The new additions don't distract from the Touring's logical dash layout, though, which is as clear as ever.
BMW 3 Series Touring dashboard
Infotainment has taken a big step forward because it now benefits from BMW's latest iDrive software and includes "Hey BMW" style voice commands. SE and Sport models are fitted with an 8.8-inch infotainment display with analogue gauges and a 5.7-inch screen in the instrument binnacle. Top trims gain BMW Live Cockpit Plus, enlarging the infotainment panel to 10.25 inches and fitting a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.
A new 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' has been designed to operate more like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa, allowing you to set a destination or even adjust the temperature with conversational commands.
Trim levels are called SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport Plus Edition, and 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, adaptive LED headlights and powered tailgate come as standard. Sport increases the wheels to 18 inches and adds sporty, heated front seats along with black exterior trim. M Sport adds the full infotainment system and digital dials, as well as a sporty body kit, while the Plus Edition gets unique paint colours, adaptive suspension and more powerful brakes.
The 3 Series Touring is also one of the first BMW models to come with Drive Recorder, constantly recording footage from its cameras in a loop. If a collision occurs this can be saved to provide dash-cam style footage of what happened immediately before and during the crash.
While BMWs tend to come with more standard kit nowadays, there's still lots to choose from on the options list. A driver assistance package can help the driver tackle long trips with less fatigue, adding features like adaptive cruise control. The Touring's LED headlights can also be upgraded to 'laser' lights that can shine further into the distance at night.