BMW 3 Series Touring - Best estate cars 2017

If you want an estate car that doesn't compromise on driving fun, then look no further

Practicality and driving fun come together in the BMW 3 Series Touring. It serves up all the performance and fun of the compact executive saloon in a spacious, flexible estate package, plus buyers needn’t compromise on efficiency, either.

The main contenders in this market are closely matched on boot size, but the 3 Series narrowly has the edge, with a 495-litre capacity when the seats are up and a maximum of 1,500 litres exactly. As with its 5 Series big brother, the glass on the tailgate of the 3 Series can be opened separately, while a powered bootlid is available as an option. Sadly, self-levelling suspension isn’t offered.

Interior quality is as good as in the saloon, and equipment is equally generous across the SE, Sport, M Sport, Modern and Luxury specs. There’s a similar range of engines, too, with the most efficient version being the 316d. Its 2.0-litre diesel promises fuel consumption of 62.8mpg and 119g/km of CO2 emissions.

Buyers can cut their bills further by choosing one of BMW’s top-value pre-paid packs to cover the variable service intervals. If you are looking for similar space but something a little different, take a look at the 3 Series GT.

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