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2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon Review

This review was written when the 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon was new.

The 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon lets you have it all: a practical cargo area, upscale cabin and nearly unmatched performance.

Even though it’s been a while since the BMW 3-Series Wagon has been updated, reviewers don’t mind.  Most agree that, with the 3-Series Wagon, BMW has created a top-notch mix of practicality, luxury and performance, and see no reason for the company to mess with that formula. While the 3-Series sedan has been redesigned for 2012, the 3-Series Wagon has remained unchanged. If there are new features that you see on the sedan, keep in mind that you may not be able to find them on the wagon.

What you will find on the wagon is one of the largest cargo areas in the class, an upscale and driver-centered cabin and performance that test drivers say sets the standard for the class.  Testers especially like the 3-Series Wagon’s handling, which they say is just as good as the legendary handling  of the 3-Series sedan. If you want it all, plus the cargo space to carry it, auto critics say that it’s hard to miss with the 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon.

Other Wagons to Consider

Most reviewers agree that the 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon offers an excellent blend of practicality, luxury and performance, but then again, so do most luxury wagons.  If the 3-Series Wagon isn’t doing it for you, consider the A4 Avant.  Featuring standard all-wheel drive and an upscale interior, reviewers say the A4 Avant doesn’t handle quite as well as the 3-Series does, but many buyers will appreciate its more comfortable ride.

If you need cargo space more than you need seat-of-your-pants performance, consider the Volvo XC70. It has one of the largest cargo areas in the class and reviewers say its rear seat feels roomier. Though it doesn’t come close to matching the 3-Series Wagon’s performance, reviewers say the XC70 provides a reassuring mix of comfort, utility and safety.

Details: BMW 3-Series Wagon

The 2012 3-Series Wagon is available in two trims: the 328i and all-wheel drive 328i xDrive. The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan has been redesigned for 2012, but the 2012 3-Series Wagon carries over from 2011 unchanged.  Many reviewers speculate that 2012 could be the last year that the 3-Series Wagon is sold in the United States.

  • "The 3 Series' long-running double act is truly extraordinary: It speaks the language of driving enthusiasts, yet its upscale image and comfortable interior give it unrivaled mass appeal." -- Edmunds
  • "With dynamic capabilities second to none, the 3-Series remains the benchmark for sporty compacts. A full complement of body styles and available all-wheel drive add to the appeal. Base prices are reasonable for this class, though BMW charges extra for popular amenities many competitors include as standard equipment." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 3 Series has long been BMW's bread-and-butter car, but not just because it's priced near the bottom end of BMW's spectrum; rather, it's due to the 3 Series' stellar handling and telepathic steering precision." -- Road and Track
  • "The same dynamic goodness that makes the 3-series sedan the envy of most automakers, but with a more practical cargo area." -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 10/9/13

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