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 lift 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. All models get BMW’s Live Cockpit Plus, consisting of a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and 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 Pro, Sport Pro, M Sport and M Sport Pro Edition, and 17-inch alloy wheels, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, a rear-view camera, adaptive LED headlights and powered tailgate come as standard. Sport Pro 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 bodykit, while the Pro 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, which constantly records 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 such as adaptive cruise control. The Touring's LED headlights can also be upgraded to 'laser' lights that can shine farther into the distance at night.