Used BMW 3-Series Touring (2005 - 2012) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
As estates go, the 3-Series Touring isn't the biggest around, but it's usefully practical nonetheless and is certainly a good choice if you need more versatility than the saloon version offers. Standard boot capacity is actually the same as the four door - but with the rear seats folded flat the Touring can carry plenty with more than 1300 litres of space.
4.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    5 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

The 3-Series Touring features a raft of safety features and an impressive tally of equipment including six airbags on all models. All cars get stability and traction control (six-cylinder models getting an even more sophisticated system), and an extra feature is trailer stability control which detects if a towed caravan or trailer starts to swing and intervenes to regain control.

4 out of 5


The previous 3-Series models score well in reliability surveys and we expect the latest model to fare just as well.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


No problems reported.


No problems reported.