BMW 3 Series Touring estate (2012-2019): owner reviews

"The BMW 3 Series Touring is a more versatile – and arguably more stylish version of the sporty, economical and classy 3 Series saloon"

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

74%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Other (3 cases)
  • Engine, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

330d xdrive m sport

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
Bought this loaded exdemonstrator from the local dealer. Its a very fine car utterly ruined by suspension which may be fine on German roads but is utterly hateful on the typical modern English ones. You spend all your time trying to avoid imperfections on the road, when you fail and hit a pothole/ sunken drain cover the suspension seems to bottom out with a horrendous metallic crashing sound. Far worse than the infamous s-line Audis.
Reliability
No problems so far
Performance
Unusable on UK roads other than motorways due to the cars inability to cope with other than perfect road surfaces.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Ok bearing in mind the theoretical performance

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

X drive 320d Msport

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
The worst car I have owned in 35 years motoring, and I have had a few disasters. So many faults where do I begin. Really poor service from BMW and their dealer - avoid like the plague. X drive failed after 9 months, never fully rectified. The list of problems is endless. If you want German quality avoid.
Performance

3 out of 5

Not bad, handling on standard suspension not up to BMW hype, poor body control, 2 wheel drive loan cars, and I drove quite a few while my car was off the road ( months ) were better

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

320d SE

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52.3
Review
After 60,000 miles I've had no problems at all and have only just had to change the tyres. It's a great car for long journeys. I regularly drive over 250 miles in a day with occasional very long 700-mile European trips. Although now in my sixties I feel fresher after a long drive than I did 10 years ago when I drove other well known brands which says a lot for its set-up. With bluetooth phone set up, it will read out my text messages, it has a superb professional sat-nav and a memory that allows an upload of over 5,000 music tracks. It's full of cleverly thought out touches, like the opening rear window in the estate door. All in all, a great car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

328i SE Touring

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Faultless - brilliant handling, performance and comfort. Only complaint is that the 4 cylinder engine doesn't sound as good as the 330i M Sport touring it replaced, but undoubtedly quicker and more economical to boot.
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far no issues.
Performance
Awesome - super engine, gearbox, brakes and steering to inspire confidence.
Running Cost
No more expensive than one would expect - avoid BMW main dealers if you can help it though.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
Perfect
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very good

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

330d

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Loved the car; great engine and auto gearbox combination but.....about 1 month out of warranty it just caught fire when my wife was driving it, engine fire. The car was a write off. It had been meticulously looked after and serviced by main dealer. Would love another one but it kinda puts me off.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0 5dr

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Review
Great build quality, but options are extremely expensive which ruins experience.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

320d efficient dynamic business edition

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
Usual high build quality but engine is exceptionally noisy and unrefined. Stability and handling is also suprisingly poor. I have owned several 3 series and BMW have certainly gone backwards with this version. My advice would be not to part with your money but if your mind is set on owning a 3 series then opt for a proper 320d and add dynamic suspension upgrade at 800 gbp. A very disappointing Vehicle that BMW should be ashamed of.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

330D M Sport X Drive

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
Fantastic car. My only criticism of the car would be the tyre roar at speed from the run flat tyres. Mine doesn’t have the adaptive M Sport suspension and don’t understand why car reviewers say it’s an essential; it drives and handles pretty well. For a with 19 inch alloy wheels, I can’t believe how smooth the ride is and passengers have commented on this too. It has the comfiest seats in the business, too. This is now my third BMW – I have bought not for the ‘premium’ brand status but because of its engines, drive trains and general levels of comfort.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems with any of the BMW I have bought
Performance

5 out of 5

With the 3 litre diesel strapped under the bonnet, how could the performance be described than anything other than blistering!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Run flat tyre replacements are a bit steep, otherwise with the service pack running costs have been low.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

318d

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

49
Review
Excellent car. Mine has racked up 20,000 miles in 8 months. It's very comfortable, reliable and cheap to run. I have seen over 55mpg on a run and the automatic gearbox makes driving very easy.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

335d xdrive

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
This is the fourth 3.0 diesel 3 Series I've owned and my third 335d (the other being a 330d). It's essential to choose adaptive suspension. I find it an excellent all round car – it returns an average of 42mpg (my best trip was 56mpg) which is impressive considering its performance. Has a well built interior, too. I'm looking forward to seeing new model in 2019.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Early problem with sunroof on 56 model but sorted by dealer. Adaptive headlight failure after 2 years on previous car, again sorted quickly by dealer
Performance

5 out of 5

Performance excellent for style of car and xdrive adding a little extra grip when needed. With excellent auto box really never had to use kick down as power instantly available, just watch out for speed limits as you reach them v quickly
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Can’t complain with 42mpg general around town and 52-56mpg on motorway given the performance available.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

320D M-Sport

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50.4
Review
Fantastic car. Definitely a keeper - the best car I have ever owned. Spacious, comfortable, well-equipped, powerful (particularly when the Sport setting is selected) yet economical - it returns around 50mpg without any special effort on my part. The 8-speed gearbox is fantastic - it is the first automatic gearbox I have driven where I am not looking down at the gear leaver screaming at it, wondering what the hell it is doing - the gearbox is in the right gear at the right time, all the time, and gearshifts are not only smooth, they are barely perceptible. I find the ride very comfortable, but then we specified the adaptive dampers, which all the reviews I read recommended. Bad points? It isn't very refined - the diesel engine makes a lot of clutter and there is a fair amount of wind noise from around the a-pillars. If I was buying it today, I would probably choose the petrol over the diesel, as we've barely done 20,000 miles in 3 years of owning it, so a diesel is a bit of a waste for us. But I am not planning on selling this vehicle anytime soon - I reckon we will easily keep this one for 10 years or more.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

316d

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48.5
Review
The BMW 316d Touring is a very flexible car, as it offers sufficient performance and great economy. Although a 1.6-litre engine may seem small in terms of displacement, it delivers good punch when you stamp on the throttle. However it does lack in terms of building up speed. On to the economy, every Christmas we have to drive an outstanding 600 miles to Aberdeen from Paris and we did it on a full tank, averaging 48.5mpg with a roofbox on top, a little off from 60+ mpg. Onto practicality, in terms of boot space this car has managed to fit everything possible that we've ever needed, from 3 week trips to Spain, to European tours lasting a month. It has managed to do it all without fault fitting up to 5 big suitcases! This car is very quite and subtle on long cruises, it is so refined in the cabin that you almost feel as if you are sat inside a library. The cabin is also luxurious for an entry-level car, with soft-touch leather and hardly any hard plastics in sight. The cabin is also very driver centric as all the driver necessities are tilted in such an angle that it makes the driver feel the centre of attention. Overall this is a great car to drive and cruise in on long distances without worrying about economy (I just wish they could make the engine less noisy).

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

330d M sport

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Fantastic car to drive, better than the C class merc by a country mile. The Mercedes has more gizmos and gadgets and has a more pleasant cabin though. The BMW iDrive system is a joke compared to its rivals, it's very old fashioned and pretty naff. The auto gearbox is truly amazing, though, and reason enough to choose the car. This is my first BMW and I'm now a fan.
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far so good
Performance

5 out of 5

Outstanding
Running Cost
So far so good... only owned for 4 weeks

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

335 diesel

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
First: Fuel consumption. 50mpg? Dream on, lucky if you can get 30/32. Engine has lots of power but no way can you get the 0-62 times down to the figures BMW claim – you'll put a good second on the times! Gearbox is a dream. Brakes are very poor for a car with this kind of performance. The cabin very rowdy, lot's of road noise. The iDrive system is a nightmare. All in all I'm very disappointed by the car and will not buy another BMW. BMW service is very good, it's just a pity about the product!

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

2.0D 4x4 Sport Auto

Year of registration

2013

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great car to drive and economical but let down by Sat Nav failure , radio failure. Repeated visits to 2 dealers to get this fixed. Failed its first MOT due to rear differential oil seal leaks. Won't have another BMW.
Reliability

1 out of 5

Poor. GPS , radio and rear differential problmes
Performance
Good torque from the engine means off the mark quickly
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Average but depreciation seems steep

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

320d se

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52
Review
Comfortable drive, I will often have to drive for 6 hours in a day on motorways and A roads. This is such a good car to drive. I feel better after 6 hours driving than I did driving three hours in fords/Vauxhalls. This is my third 320d covering over 300,000 miles to date and not had any reliability issues. It's quiet, reliable, comfortable and fast. The perfect tourer.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Can't fault it
Performance

5 out of 5

0-60 under 8 secs! Effortless motorway driving. Who would have thought a 2.0 litre desiel estate car could be so good.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap to service, very good mpg and tyres replaced after 50,000+ miles.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
Nothing has gone wrong at all

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

47
Review
has not boken down yet

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

330d touring luxury

Year of registration

2015

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
Brilliant car which has the best engines/gearbox/roadholding combination on the market. I would only swap it for a 335D.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

335d M Sport X Drive

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
I love everything about this car. It combines performance, practicality and economy in a balance I would never have thought possible. 0-62 in under 5 seconds on a diesel estate car, that is also capable of carrying a family of 4 and all associated luggage and paraphernalia, whilst still returning up to 45mpg under real driving conditions. What more could you ask for? Well, you could ask for a slightly bigger boot, or a slightly larger rear seating area, or maybe a little less road noise through those hateful run flat tyres, but let's not get picky! This ones a keeper.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Never let me down
Performance

5 out of 5

Outstanding. Fun when you want it, refined when you need it.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

For the performance you get, this is a very cheap car to run.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
no problems

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