Read the entire F31 3 Series Sedan Driving ReviewThese attributes seem especially well suited to this version of the Sports Wagon. We drove this car in tandem with the 2013 BMW X1, and while BMW has done a fine job of making its compact crossover feel like a sedan, you can't quite beat the laws of physics and the benefits of the latest-generation chassis technology. With its lower center of gravity and beautifully resolved setup, the Sports Wagon offers a level of driving pleasure that no SUV can match. The ride quality is excellent, and on the twisting back roads of our German test route, the 3 Series revealed all the poise, agility and fluency expected of a car in this price range. It was a reminder why, despite the rise of the SUV, wagons remain so popular in Europe.
It appears that BMW has another hit on its hands. I'm glad the F31 is making it to the US, I'd much rather have a bunch of F31 sport sedans on the road then SUVs.
Weird this just bumped back up today. I agree Chris90, and I found the e60 wagon to be well done albeit a bit larger in person than ideal.
It won't be a big seller IMHO, but for those of us who want it all, cargo and a manual transmission in a very well appointed cabin with a quiet ride and outstanding handle, this is it.
Can't wait to drive one with a sport package and manual transmission. Most likely won't be able to drive such a model unless I order it though
Ummm... this article specifically states that "there's no manual option" and "don't even ask about the brilliant diesel version that's offered in Europe". Not sure what the assumptions have been with regard to the manual, but speculation has been that the F31 would eventually be made available with a diesel.
Don't need another review of the F30 driving experience and certainly don't need a tutorial on wagons vs sedans. Would like the roll out schedules of engines and transmission options confirmed and some price info, thanks.
"But one thing was a little vague in yesterday's (July 5th's) official release. There was no overt mention of the historically standard manual transmission. Could it be that the days of the manual transmission BMW wagon are over in the US?
We reached out for BMWNA for an official comment. The answer was not unexpected; the F31 3 Series wagon will only come with an automatic transmission presumably due to low-take rates of the manual in the E91."
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But the article stating no manual option is taken as written in stone?
I read somewhere that they only sell a couple of hundred wagons set up like mine -- 6 speed and ZSP -- each year.
3-pedal wagon buyers are in a market segment that they won't miss at all.
But with no NA I6, no diesel and no MT, I suspect I'll be shopping elsewhere...