What is it?
A (very) mild set of revisions for the high-flying 3 Series. BMW reckons the current model is a good enough seller to warrant only mild styling modifications and spec tinkering.
So the 320d Touring’s basic qualities are retained in this revised version; BMW’s 2.0-litre oil-burner produces 174bhp and 258lb ft, but thanks to the firm’s Efficient Dynamics tech, it now returns 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and emits 130g/km of CO2.
The visual changes are almost all outside, with revised front and rear lights and bumpers, side skirts that BMW claim ‘play with the light’ to change the car’s side profile and extra creases in the bonnet.
You do get a few extra toys for your money; SE models now come with 17in alloys as standard, for example. But unless you spec BMW’s new, improved sat-nav and iDrive system, it’s hard to see much difference inside.
What’s it like?
Unsurprisingly familiar. Which is to say the 320d still feels rapid enough when it needs to be, refined enough the rest of the time and nicely balanced throughout.
Heavy, grainy steering and a positive gearshift help the process, and BMW does seem to have made another step in ride refinement on run-flat rubber (this is presumably down to further work on tyres rather than any great change in suspension set-up).