BMW 3 Series Touring unveiledNew BMW set to take on Audi and Mercedes-Benz

17 May 2012

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The new BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW has revealed its 3 Series Touring, the firm’s rival to the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-class estate.

The new compact estate car goes on sale in the UK in September, priced from £29,380.

3 Series gets six trim levels

The 3 Series Touring will be available in six trim levels: ES, SE, Sport, Luxury, Modern and M Sport.

Entry-level ES trim gets 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control and cruise control, while SE spec has front and rear parking sensors and automatic headlights as standard.

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BMW has increased boot size by 35 litres

Sport trim adds 18-inch alloys and red interior detailing, while Modern and Luxury specification get satin and chrome finishes for the grille and interior trim respectively. The top-of-the-range M Sport trim gets sportier suspension and styling.

Improved practicality

The 3 Series Touring is more practical than the vehicle it replaces – boot space is up 35 litres and is competitive against the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-class estate, which measured 380 litres and 335 litres respectively in our lab tests.

The glass area of the tailgate can now be opened independently – allowing for easier loading of small items or shopping bags – and the full boot door features a wider aperture and a hands-free opening and closing system.

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The Audi A4 and Mercedes C-class are main rivals for the new BMW 3 Series Touring

Three engines, priced from £29,380

A choice of one petrol and two turbodiesel engines carried over from the saloon will be available from the Touring’s launch.

The most popular engine is likely to be the 184bhp 320d, priced from £29,380. Completing 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds and returning a claimed 60.1mpg combined with 124g/km CO2 – an improvement on the current model – it offers a decent balance between speed and efficiency.

The larger 258bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel is the fastest option in the range, reaching 62mph in 5.6 seconds, while the only petrol-powered offering is the 245bhp 2.0-litre turbo 328i. Prices start at £34,700 and £30,400 respectively.

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