BMW 3 Series Touring estate - Reliability & safety

Safety is virtually guaranteed and BMW will be hoping the Touring can improve owner satisfaction

Carbuyer Rating

4.4 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

In the eyes of buyers, BMW models are held in high esteem, and this has helped boost residual values over the years. The German manufacturer's reputation for design and engineering is impressive to say the least.

Yet, perhaps in some small part as a result of these high expectations, the brand could manage only a lowly 21st place out of 29 manufacturers in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. It just managed to beat Audi (23rd), but finished behind Mercedes (13th), Lexus (10th) and Jaguar (7th).

BMW 3 Series reliability

The sixth-generation BMW 3 Series is mostly new, so it's impossible to say how reliable it will be until customers have put it through its paces over a period of time.

Overall, 19.2% of BMW owners who responded told us they'd experienced one or more faults within the first 12 months. Customers were generally impressed with the car's engines and acceleration, but felt servicing and insurance costs were high and ride comfort was a let down; that’s something newer cars should improve upon.

Safety

Independent safety experts Euro NCAP gave the BMW 3 Series a maximum five-star rating, and this applies to the 3 Series Touring, too. It was one of the best in class, with scores of 97% for adult protection, 87% for child and pedestrian protection and 76% for the standard safety kit on board.

Every version is fitted with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection as standard. Lane-departure warning with steering assist is also standard, along with a system to flag up speed limits on the dashboard.

Recommended

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed
BMW M3 Touring driving - rear
BMW
21 Jun 2022

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed

2023 BMW 3 Series facelift brings all the tech
3 Series 1
News
17 May 2022

2023 BMW 3 Series facelift brings all the tech

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

Top 10 best estate cars 2022
Skoda Superb Estate driving
Best cars
7 Apr 2022

Top 10 best estate cars 2022

Most Popular

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Car technology
22 Jun 2022

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

Electric MG 4 to arrive in September
2023 MG 4 - UK front
MG
4 Jul 2022

Electric MG 4 to arrive in September

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Facelifted Volvo XC60 driving - front
Deals
1 Jul 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
20 Jun 2022

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
24 Jun 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022