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Available in plug-in hybrid form for the first time, the new 3 Series estate “handles even better” than the old one

The new BMW 3 Series Touring has been shown at the Frankfurt motor show, with its maker promising it will retain the dynamic handling of the BMW 3 Series saloon. 

The new 3 Series estate will go on sale in late September with a range of petrol and diesel engines. For the first time in the Touring, there will be a plug-in hybrid 330e model, which will arrive in July 2020. As with the 330e saloon, it will feature a 248bhp powertrain, comprising a 181bhp petrol engine with a 111bhp electric motor, and the ability to run 39 miles on electric-only power. 

At launch, the petrol engine range will start with the 181bhp 320i and the range-topper will be the four-wheel-drive M340i xDrive, which has a 3.0-litre unit with 369bhp and 295lb ft. The M340i xDrive Touring can achieve 0-62mph in 4.5sec. 

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Diesel options will range from the 147bhp 318d to the 261bhp 330d xDrive. 

All models will have an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. No manuals are offered in the range. 

The 3 Series Touring also receives a new lift-related damping system for the first time. An M Sport differential is standard on the M340i xDrive and optional on higher-spec models, as is M Sport suspension. 

Product manager Stefan Horn told Autocar the new Touring will “handle even better” than the old car thanks to a stiffer chassis, lower centre of gravity and weight reduction. 

Entry-level models will sit on 17in wheels as standard, rising to 19in on higher specs, with full-LED headlights and tail-lights also standard. Horn claimed the objective was to prioritise the car’s looks to increase desirability, as the estate sector declines in the face of SUVs. 

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At 4709mm, the new model is 76mm longer than the previous generation, in part due to a wheelbase that’s 41mm longer, at 2851mm. The new 3 Series Touring is also 11mm taller and 16mm wider. 

BMW claims it offers extra shoulder and knee room, along with the ability to fit three child seats across the rear bench. 

The 500-litre boot is wider and five litres larger than before and is accessed via a standard automatic tailgate, which retains a separately opening window. 

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There are storage areas under the main boot floor, and new optional rubber anti-slip rails, which keep smaller loads in place. The rear seats can be folded in a 40/20/40 layout, increasing the storage capacity to a maximum of 1510 litres. 

In the UK, the 3 Series Touring will be offered in SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport Plus trim levels. The top level includes M Sport suspension and brakes, 19in alloy wheels and a choice of exclusive colours. Prices have yet to be announced, but expect the base model to start from just under £30,000, with an average increase over like-for-like saloons of around £1500.

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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spqr 13 June 2019

Where is he?

Come on Symanski tell us all about how BMW only make exploding clown cars. Or alternatively shut the f**k up for once. 

Tycoon 12 June 2019

How to ruin your model lineups

How to ruin your model lineups, do as Audi & BMW are at the moment with stupid grilles & ugly cars
Citytiger 12 June 2019

Forgot to mention

Its got a smaller boot than the new V60 (500 vs529lts) boot is dwarfed by the new Focus (500 vs 609ltrs), its also smaller than an A4 Avant, but the review doesnt mention that, it just states its bigger than the last one..