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BMW 323i Touring (2009)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2009

For $67,400, new BMW 323i Touring buyers get a quality built, well-balanced and dynamically adept vehicle that is better equipped than before.

The improvements include a more user friendly iDrive electronics system.

What buyers will also get is adequate, not outstanding, performance from the 2.5-litre inline six and a sometimes disjointed driving experience when the six-speed auto becomes undecided about which gear is best suited to 60 km/h driving.

The Touring’s ADR fuel figure is 8.9-litres/100 km, but we couldn’t better 12.8.

Space otherwise taken up by a spare tyre (BMW uses run flat technology) and a flat cargo area provide the solution to a number of load carrying challenges.

BMW 323i Touring 2009


Quality, dynamics


Run flat tyres, auto kickdown

Key features

Leather trim, part-powered front seats, alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic wipers, bluetooth connection, rear parking sensors, cruise control, remote central locking, roof rails


Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, traction control, electronic differential lock, bi-xenon adaptive headlights

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model 323i Touring
Vehicle type Medium Over $50,000
Year 2009
Price when new $67,400 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.