BMW 320d Touring in the test

Wolfgang Groeger-Meier
BMW 320d Touring in the test
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V compared with our planet, which is incessantly with Orbiting the sun and its own axis like a monkey tooth, the 320d Touring had a pretty mild spring with us. Instead of the 1,670 km /h with which the earth rotates at the equator, it can manage a maximum speed of 226, and the 100,000 kilometers across Europe it did not tear down in around two and a half days, but in almost tranquil two years. However, it could not be kept going with a big bang or cosmic forces, but only with fossil energy - with a total of 7,200 liters of diesel over the entire distance.

So BMW has not yet invented the perpetual motion machine either, but the three as the ideal type of compact, dynamic driver's car. Despite constant growth in size and weight, it has remained that way for 40 years, because performance and technical effort have increased at least as much. On the other hand, consumption was dramatically reduced: while the first 320 (109 PS, 1,060 kg curb weight) in the endurance test of 1977 still swallowed 13.4 liters of normal gasoline per 100 kilometers, the current diesel station wagon (184 PS, 1,574 kg) was enough in the test medium 7 , 2 and sometimes less than six liters.

The 320d is one of the brisk cars in the country, and with its long range, plenty of space for four adults including luggage and the perfectly coordinated automatic sports system, it is ideal for everyday use - and traveling cars. Only the suspension does not play properly despite adaptive dampers (extra), transverse joints and manhole covers pop with the optional 18-inch wheels. The rustic combustion noise and the rumbling start-stop function also reduce the otherwise acceptable level of comfort.

BMW 320d Touring with numerous assistance systems

Nevertheless, the BMW was often used for urgent business trips to races or driving appointments the first choice, guided the driver reliably past traffic jams to their destination using the Professional navigation system with dynamic route guidance. The operation via iDrive and the numerous assistance systems also received a lot of praise, which, however, have to be paid dearly. But anyone who has ever been saved from a hefty fine by the speed limit display or from a rear-end collision by the adaptive cruise control no longer wants to do without the submissive ghosts.

The same applies to the head-up display, which, in addition to the speed also notices from sat nav andAssistance systems are projected onto the windscreen in the driver's field of vision. Very pleasant - like the parking assistance package with distance warnings at the front and rear, reversing camera and automatic steering function in gaps parallel to the direction of travel. Or the vision package with the excellent bi-xenon headlights including cornering lights and high beam assistant, which illuminates the apron far and brightly without dazzling oncoming traffic.

BMW 320d Touring with up to 1,500 liters load volume

One of the few desirable elements of the Sport Line version are the well-contoured sports seats at the front, which do not make long journeys a torture and which fit as well as the entire ergonomics. Electric adjustment, lumbar supports and seat heating front and rear go extra, as are the expensive leather covers. Even with that, the interior does not look particularly elegant, by the way, in addition to the console between the front seats, other claddings made of hard, scratch-sensitive plastics do not fit the premium quality and price of BMW.

The not particularly spacious loading compartment (495 to 1,500 Liters), on the other hand, can be tolerated, especially since well thought-out details facilitate usability. The three-part folding rear seat backrest allows flexible division of the volume - for example with two people in the back and skis in the middle - the separately opening rear window enables quick loading in tight parking spaces and the optional comfort access also allows the entire flap to be opened automatically by swiveling your foot. There is also a special compartment under the floor for the load compartment cover. But while it swiveled up and down again on its own with the predecessor, it now has to be done by hand.

Not a real mishap - like the only two incidents in the otherwise completely trouble-free endurance test. At 31,061 kilometers, strange noises from the engine compartment and the smell of exhaust gas drove editor Heinrich Lingner into the BMW branch in Stuttgart, where a loose connection from the flexible pipe to the exhaust and a charred heat insulation was found. The replacement of the retaining clamp and engine cover was done quickly on site and under guarantee.

Replacing the brake disc was the biggest cost item

The cleaning nozzle of the left headlight, which sometimes did not retract again, was not a big issue either, the replacement was also at the manufacturer's expense. Even the financial outlay for the inspections indicated by the on-board computer was reasonable at around 330 euros each, only the more extensive maintenance at a mileage of 52,899 cost 564 euros. The biggest items with corresponding consequences for the very high cost per kilometer were, of course, the two-time replacement of the front brake discs and pads and the one-time replacement of the rear pads - a noticeable one despite the weight of the car and the performanceWear.

This does not apply to the tires, because the Pirelli Cinturato P7 fitted as original equipment in the 225/45 R 18 Y format still had around 40 percent profile after 42,732 kilometers, and would have had to take place for the remaining endurance test distance One of the two sets of Dunlop Winter Sport 4D (225/50 R 17 H) is also sufficient. Instead of these flank-reinforced tires with emergency running properties, some drivers also voted for the more comfortable 16-inch series tires, as fitted on the 320d Edition sedan. Otherwise, there were different assessments of the right format: For some, the current 3 Series is too big and too heavy, for others it is still not spacious enough.

Like most readers, however, all editors want a little less premium for the Price and more for quality, with the paint and interior showing hardly any signs of aging except for a few scratches. The model update for autumn is already going in the right direction, and the optimized diesel promises more performance and smoothness with further reduced consumption. Aside from such improvements, the Dreier is welcome to stay as it is, and more than the bare minimum seems to have been done for durability. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be quite as old as the earth.

This is how readers judge the BMW 320d Touring

On my 320d with manual transmission from June 2012, the space, the variability, the suspension comfort and the high-torque drive, consumption (5.7 to 5.9 l /100 km) and infotainment are also excellent. What I find negative is the too smooth electric steering, the sometimes cheap-looking plastics and the poorer noise insulation than the predecessor. In addition, the three is slowly but surely adding prosperity.
Alexander Graf v. Schmettow, 50668 Cologne

Our 320d automatic is on the one hand a typical BMW: active driving, compact, sporty. On the other hand, the threesome wants to please everyone and doesn't make it: big outside, not right inside. Nice interior but tight sports seats. Perfect iDrive, but hard plastic environment. Economical, but rattling diesel.
Dr. Stephan Schroth, 70597 Stuttgart

The current Dreier can do almost everything better than its predecessor, I particularly appreciate the eight-speed automatic, the direct steering, the great chassis and the simple operation. However, I don't like the loud engine noise of our 320d, the unnecessary growth in size and the clunky key that is actually always in the way after opening the car.
Georg Rose, 40699 Erkrath

For me, the 320d Touring, the Efficient Dynamics Edition, has been an ideal vehicle for long distances since June 2013. The low average consumption of 5.1 l /100 km is unbeatable, and four liters can be achieved on country roads. To date there have been no faults and defects, only oneThe downside is the jittery six-speed gearbox.
Bernhard Stoll, 77694 Kehl

I've been driving a 320d sedan with automatic transmission since September 2012 - the best I've had so far, and in the Consumption (5.5 to 7.0 l /100 km) even cheaper than its predecessor. There have been no serious defects or breakdowns so far, but the workmanship is sometimes unsatisfactory for a car in this price range, the plastics look cheap and are sensitive to scratches. In addition, it took almost four weeks before my workshop was able to fix the wind noise.
Alexander vom Schemm, 58285 Gevelsberg

The great design, the intuitive one, inspires me every day Operation and the excellent road holding of my 328i Touring. The interior and trunk are the ideal size for me, the car is good for both the city and family vacations. The fuel consumption (10.7 l /100 km) is in need of improvement.
Frank Hermens, 22339 Hamburg

What does the fuel-saving technology of the Efficient Dynamics Edition bring?

Parallel to the 320d Touring, our sister magazine AUTO Stra├čenverkehr ran a sedan in the Efficient Dynamics Edition (EDE) variant in an endurance test. At the same basic price as the 184 hp normal version, it has a consumption-optimized two-liter diesel engine with 163 hp and other fuel-saving technology such as lowering, longer transmission and centrifugal pendulum in the vibration-damping two-mass flywheel for particularly low speeds. It is also equipped with low rolling resistance tires (Michelin Energy Saver) in the dimension 205/60 R 16, while the normal 320d Touring rolled on wider 18-inch summer and 17-inch winter tires in the test.

Even in the series trim, the standard consumption drops from 4.5 to 4.1 l /100 km and the CO2 emissions from 119 to 109 g /km (each with manual transmission), but in practice the savings are even greater: Instead of 7.2 liters of the 1,574 kg station wagon, which makes 184 hp, the weaker, 49 kg lighter edition sedan was content with 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers (both with eight-speed automatic). The fuel-saving package has little influence on the temperament, because the standard sprint from 0 to 100 km /h took both 7.7 seconds, only the top speed is given as 5 (sedan) and 8 km /h (touring) less for the EDE. In view of the all-round positive balance, the question arises why BMW does not equip all three models with this technology.

Strengths and weaknesses of the BMW 320d Touring

In addition to the agile handling, the powerful, economical Engine and the perfectly working eight-speed automatic, the operation and the very helpful assistance systems have been praised again and again. There was mainly criticism for the grumpy diesel, the rumbling start-stop function, the rumbling chassis and the not very high quality interior.

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