The quintessential BMW for many European families, the 3 Series Touring in the 320d guise has received a mid-cycle facelift along with the entire G20/G21 family. With good reason, the M3 Touring has been getting most of the attention in recent weeks, but the bulk of the sales will be represented by these lower-end models and the 320d has always been a popular choice.

Painted in a rather mundane gray color, the long-roof 3er is an M Sport model, hence why it features the anniversary emblems to mark 50 years of M. The retro-flavored logo has been applied at the front and rear as well as on the wheel center caps, but the steering wheel has the regular BMW roundel.

320 touring, 320d

This rear-wheel-drive 320d rides on the optional 19-inch Jet Black alloy wheels in the 791 M style with a double-spoke design and run-flat tires. The dark alloys are contrasted by M-branded red brake calipers that come with the M Sport you don’t get on the base Sport trim level. Whoever ordered the car played it safe with black leather upholstery and no optional panoramic sunroof. As with all 3 Series models currently in production, the 320d Touring gets the Operating System 8 with a 12.3-inch driver’s display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen.

Offered exclusively with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 320d has retained its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. However, the LCI has brought a mild-hybrid 48V system to cut emissions and fuel consumption and help BMW meet increasingly stringent regulations in the European Union. In this slightly heavier Touring body style, the oil-burner produces 190 horsepower and 400 Newton-meters of (295 pound-feet) torque for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph (229 km/h).

The 3 Series Touring in the 320d flavor remains a solid all-rounder, offering heaps of practicality and excellent fuel economy. With the recently launched LCI, it’s now packing more tech than ever before and prices continue to creep up, but that’s a problem with virtually all new cars.

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