2019 BMW 3 Series Touring estate: prices revealed
New BMW 3 Series Touring is on sale now from £35,505
Prices have been released for the new BMW 3 Series Touring. The 320i petrol model in SE trim kicks off the range at £35,505, with the range-topping M340i xDrive starting off at £50,055. The latest 3 Series Touring is in showrooms now, including a UK-exclusive M Sport Plus Edition trim level, while a 330e plug-in hybrid version will join the range in summer 2020.
The new model shares much of its design with the latest 3 Series saloon, and BMW’s designers have managed to make it look more compact than the outgoing model. However, the new car is 76mm longer, 16mm wider and 11mm taller, with a 41mm increase in wheelbase length. That’s great news for passenger space, as there’s more shoulder room in the front, more legroom in the back seats and increased headroom all round.
The boot opening is 112mm wider than the outgoing model, making it easier to load heavier items. It also has 500 litres of space available with the rear seats in place. Flip the seats down, and 1,500 litres become available. All models get an electric tailgate, 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats and an independently openable rear window. The 320i petrol model manages a 1,600kg towing capacity, while all other models can manage braked trailers weighing up to 1,800kg.
Inside is an evolution of BMW’s already well-honed cabin, with upgraded seats and some re-positioned buttons. Heated front seats and leather upholstery are available on all trim levels but the base SE models. The SE and Sport trim levels get BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen and standard dials. The higher spec M Sport and M Sport plus versions get the full-sized 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a digital dial cluster.
The exterior features similar equipment to the 3 Series saloon variant, with adaptive LED headlights and fog lights. In SE trim level 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, while the M Sport Plus Edition gets larger 19-inch alloy wheels.
From launch, there are three petrol and three diesel models to choose from. The turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine range starts with the 320i which produces 181bhp. This base model can go from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 143mph. Claimed fuel economy is 41.5mpg.
The mid-range 330i uses the same engine, producing 254bhp, giving it a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds and fuel economy of up to 40.4mpg. At the top of the range, the all-wheel-drive M340i xDrive gets a turbocharged straight-six cylinder engine producing 369bhp giving it a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds. According to BMW, this flagship model achieves 33mpg under the WLTP cycle.
The diesel range starts with the rear-wheel-drive 318d. Power comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 148bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds, with claimed fuel economy of 53.3mpg. The 320d uses the same engine, with power increased to 187bhp. When equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox, the rear-wheel drive variant completes the 0-62mph run in 7.1 seconds, with the xDrive all-wheel-drive version taking 7.4 seconds. Claimed fuel economy is up to 55.4mpg if you choose a manual gearbox, and 51.4mpg for the xDrive version.
The range-topping turbocharged six-cylinder 330d is available with all-wheel-drive only and cracks the 0-62mph sprint in 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy of up to 45.6mpg is achievable according to BMW.
From summer 2020 the range will be bolstered by a plug-in hybrid model. The BMW 330e Touring will produce 248bhp in normal use, with an extra 39bhp available for 10 seconds at a time with the new XtraBoost function. Provisionally, BMW says the 330e could return up to 122.8mpg with CO2 emissions of just 52g/km. It’s not known how far the car will travel on pure electric power, but we expect a range of around 30 miles.