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This is the brand new BMW 3 Series Touring

New small estate doesn’t look that bad at all, actually. Well done BMW

Published: 11 Jun 2019

This is the brand new BMW 3 Series Touring. It looks… decent, doesn’t it? Still a little fussy – as we maintained with the saloon – but overall not a bad looking thing at all.

Estates are cooler, in any case. BMW tells us some 1.7 million 3 Series Tourings have been sold ever since that first E30 paved the way back in 1987, so this one’s gotta do the numbers.

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Speaking of numbers, it’s bigger than its predecessor, because of course it is. So there’s a bit more length, a smidge more width (truly, a smidge – 16mm), and a smidge’s smidge worth of additional height (8mm more than before).

Up front, it’s business as usual, and – as we’ve said before – there’s a lot of business to take in. Kidney grilles (in moderate proportions, at least), those full LED headlights as standard with that weird little kink on the bottom, and a fair chunk of crease along the front bumper.

Run along the side and you’ll spot that line that kicks up towards the boot and a small spoiler lip, with LED rear lights featuring darker upper sections. The boot gets automatic opening as standard, and thanks to a slightly lower loading sill, ingress and egress for your pooch should be a little less cumbersome.

The actual load compartment itself is a tad wider and holds 500 litres' worth of Stuff. Drop the back seats, and that rises to 1,510 litres. That’s more than a C-Class estate, and though smaller than a new Volvo V60 seats up, it's bigger seats down. In any case, it’s a capacious storage space. So many pooches.

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There’ll be a variety of engines on offer: the M340i xDrive (3.0-litre, straight-six, 370bhp, 0-62mph in 4.5secs), the 330i (2.0-litre 4cyl, 255bhp, 0-62mph in 5.9secs), and later on this year, a base 320i (2.0-litre 4cyl, 180bhp, 0-62mph in 7.6secs).

Diesels? There are a few of those, too. A 2.0-litre four-pot diesel spans the 318d (147bhp), the 320d (187bhp, 0-62mph in 7.1secs with the eight-speed auto), and the 320d xDrive. A 3.0-litre straight-six comes in the form of the 330d xDrive (260bhp, 0-62mph in 5.4secs).

As ever, it’s stiffer than the old 3er Touring, lighter by up to 10kg, gets continuously variable lift-related dampers as standard, or the option of adaptive M dampers, optional M Sport brakes (bigger, err, stoppier, blue-er), and a wealth of assistance systems.

It arrives 32 years after the original BMW estate car. What do you lot make of this sixth-gen Touring?

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