Used BMW 3-Series Touring (1999 - 2005) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
This is an estate car to tell the world you're a sporty, active type rather than a typical family man - the sort that needs to lug lots of stuff around. Perhaps they are not the all-out driver's machines that smaller BMWs once were, but the 3-Series Touring is sophisticated, superbly engineered and stylishly subtle.
3 out of 5


The rear-wheel-drive layout eats into rear space and that means less legroom. But there's still enough for two adults to be comfortable on medium-haul trips, although with three in the back, it's pushing it. Seats offer great support and there's adequate shoulderoom for two.

4 out of 5


More practical than the other body shapes, but shaped to look good as much as increase practicality. Copes easily with your weekend activities and family needs. However, antique dealers (or grandfather clock repairmen) may want to opt for the more cavernous 5-Series Touring.

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How does the boot space compare?

626 litres
BMW 3-Series Touring (99-05)
435 litres
420 litres
360 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Dials are perfectly sited and all major controls have been positioned to deliver a sporty ambience - ready for action. The driving position can be tailored to suit most needs but base models feel a bit spartan.