2010 BMW 3-Series Wagon Review
This review was written when the 2010 BMW 3-Series Wagon was new.
With its satisfying combination of comfort and luxury, as well as excellent handling, the 2010 BMW 3-Series wagon sets the benchmark for its class. Not surprisingly, Car and Driver picked it as one of its "10Best Cars" for 2010.
Refreshed in ‘09, the BMW 3-Series wagon moves into the 2010 model year unchanged -- which is just fine by reviewers who praise it for being luxurious, an outstanding performer and extremely practical for everyday use. Nevertheless, the 3-Series wagon has its faults -- which are largely limited to its cramped backseat and less-than-intuitive optional iDrive multi-media system. Most critics, however, don't find these drawbacks enough to dissuade shoppers. "Now in its fifth generation, BMW's 3 Series carries on as one of the world's premier driving machines," writes Kelley Blue Book.
Other Wagons to Consider
If you're in the market for a luxury wagon consider the Audi A4 Avant. Like the 3-Series Wagon, critics take issue with its complicated multi-media interface system, but its sleek exterior design and first-rate safety scores more than make up for that fault. Plus, all-wheel drive is standard on all of its trims -- not like the 3-Series, which only makes it available on the 328i xDrive. Drivers in need of greater cargo room should look at Volvo's offerings. Both the XC70 and V70 provide more than 70 cubic-feet of grocery bag carrying capacity. They're also world renowned for their safety technology.
Details: BMW 3-Series Wagon
The 2010 3-Series wagon is available in two trims: the 328i and all-wheel drive 328i xDrive. Coupe and convertible body styles are also offered. They are reviewed separately.
- "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. Feature for feature it may end up costing more than some rivals, but the 3-Series is a 2008 Best Buy for its resolute focus on balanced performance." -- 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