The 3-series Touring has always been a smart, compact estate, and the latest version is a svelte affair, with the trademark pinched headlights, sharp creases in the bodywork and squat haunches. The M Sport trim gives it double-spoke lightweight alloys with blue callipers and an aero package of the usual sporty styling additions - lower grilles, more scoops and vents, while inside the M Sport package means leather upholstery, leather steering wheel (the one down-side to this car – far too chunky for our liking), front sport seats, special headliner and Sport-plus mode. The interior is classic BMW – pared down, understated, simple and smart. There is plenty of room in the boot for a family of four’s belongings (we flipped down one of the rear seats to get two bikes in – one with stabilisers – plus one child in a car seat). The front seats are extraordinarily comfortable – firm, with plenty of lumbar support.