2011 BMW 3-Series Wagon Review
This review was written when the 2011 BMW 3-Series Wagon was new.
If you need a wagon for family duty, but don’t want to compromise on performance and luxury, the BMW 3-Series lets you have it all.
The BMW 3-Series wagon hasn’t changed much for 2011, which is fine with most reviewers who love it for its combination of luxury, performance and practicality. Nevertheless, the 3-Series wagon has its faults -- which are largely limited to its cramped back seat and less-than-intuitive optional iDrive multi-media system. Most critics, however, don't find these drawbacks enough to not recommend the 3-Series wagon, with several reviewers calling it the benchmark for the class.
Other Wagons to Consider
If you're in the market for a luxury wagon consider the Audi A4 Avant. It has a sleek exterior design, roomy back seat and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system standard. Drivers in need of greater cargo room should look at Volvo's offerings. The XC70 provides 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 2011 3-Series wagon is available in two trims: the 328i and all-wheel drive 328i xDrive. Coupe and convertible body styles of the 3-Serries 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." -- 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