What is it?
Around one in five of the 3-series bought in Britain is an estate, and the Touring is popular in mainland Europe too which is why BMW has been quick to introduce this five-door body variation of the latest 3.
And it looks pretty much as you’d expect the wagon version, now with a few more subtle – and welcome - refinements.
What's it like?
Most obvious is the standard-fit electric tailgate, which retains the separately lifting rear window, an optional under-bumper sensor prompting the door to lift with a waggling of the foot, although there’s clearly a knack to this that was beyond several testers.
Also new is a 40:20:40 split rear seat – rather than 60:40 – which improves the cabin’s flexibility, as does a 35 litre gain in seats-up boot-space to 495 litres. That’s just best-in-class, while seats down this number rises to 1500 litres, the backrests flopping onto their cushions to form an almost flat deck, although they don’t fold electrically. Nor is there a tumble-fold feature to allow the rear seats to form a protective bulkhead – the deep transmission tunnel prevents that – but you can lock the forward section of the rear seats’ cross-bar assembly onto the ends of the folded backrests to form a luggage-arresting lip. And you can then unfurl a load net that hooks into the ceiling. This assembly is now separate from the luggage blind mechanism, complaints about the weight and unwieldiness of the combined unit used in the previous model prompting their separation.