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BMW 335i M Sport Touring - Safety, Design and History

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The BMW 335i Touring comes with one of the most advanced forms of traction control system currently available in the world, Dynamic Stability Control+. In addition to the renowned benefits of previous traction systems offered by BMW, DSC+ takes things a stage further with five additional safety functions.
  • Brake Pre-tensioning shortens stopping distances by priming the brakes if the driver instinctively lifts off the accelerator in preparation for an emergency stop.
  • Brake Drying improves braking performance in the wet by periodically gently applying the pads to the discs. In wet weather conditions, a film of water can build up on the disc hindering stopping power but this slight braking action removes this film and ensures optimum retardation.
  • Hill Start Assistant allows the driver of a manual transmission car to pull away smoothly on a gradient without having to balance the clutch and the throttle. Brake pressure is maintained for the time it takes to move the foot from brake to accelerator, preventing the car from rolling backwards.
  • Fade Compensation can apply additional braking without any extra effort from the driver. Following very spirited driving the brakes may experience some fade due to excessive heat build up. However, Fade Compensation means the pads still bite the disc for optimum stopping power.
  • Soft Stop contributes to a smoother journey for all occupants. A small proportion of braking pressure is released as the car comes to a standstill, minimising the potential for a sharp, halting stop.
When a tow bar is fitted, BMW’s innovative Trailer Stability Control becomes part of the DSC+ system. When the yaw sensor detects any pendulum motion of a towed vehicle or trailer, DSC intervenes to reduce the throttle and brake individual wheels to bring the trailer back under control.

The optional Active Steering system has an added safety benefit as it is linked to DSC+. It can therefore detect if the car’s speed is too high for a cornering manoeuvre and, if this is the case, apply a small amount of additional counter-steer to bring the car back under control.

Occupants in a BMW 335i Touring are protected by up to six airbags. The driver and front passenger are protected by two-stage intelligent airbags with an inflation rate dependent on the severity of the accident. Seat bolster-mounted side airbags offer further protection. Front and rear passengers are protected by a curtain airbag that inflates between the A- and C-pillar, protecting both the head and upper body from an impact and from any shards of glass or intrusions entering the cabin.

The BMW 335i Touring features BMW’s Brake Force Display system, that illuminates an additional rear lighting segment in the event of an emergency stop, and Run-flat tyres. These allow a driver to complete their journey in the event of a puncture without having to perform a dangerous roadside wheel change. A car with a flat tyre can continue for more than 150 miles at speeds of up to 50mph.


Available in either SE or M Sport trim, the 335i Touring is the most distinctive yet practical car among its peers. With the 60:40 split folding rear seats in place, 450 litres of space is available – the extra 15 litres making the car more spacious with its seats up than an Audi A4 or Jaguar X-Type. With the seats folded, 1,385 litres are available for larger, bulky items, topping the space available in the Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate and the Audi A4 Avant.

Retaining familiar BMW design cues, the front view of the new 335i Touring features the classic double kidney grilles, twin headlamps, and pronounced power dome in the bonnet. In profile, BMW’s characteristic long bonnet, short overhangs and traditional ‘Hofmeister kink’ and swept-back glasshouse continue to showcase the visible BMW DNA.

At the rear, the practical aspect of the 335i Touring is evident in its design. The new 335i Touring features a split-opening rear tailgate, enabling the rear window to be opened independently. For larger items, the height and width of the loading aperture have been maximised by a cut-out in the rear bumper that lowers the loading height. Two-piece rear lamp clusters, split between boot lid and body, increase available width. The boot lid also lifts to a height that allows anyone under two-metres tall to stand beneath.

Market and history
Though a turbocharged engine in a petrol-powered BMW hasn’t been seen since the 745i of the early 1980’s, BMW has an illustrious history with forced induction engines. The first production turbocharged BMW car was the highly popular and now iconic 2002 Turbo of 1973 while it was a BMW turbocharged engine with more than 1,000hp that powered Nelson Piquet to the Formula One World Championship in 1983.

Now a turbocharged petrol engine comes to the 3 Series Touring for the first time in what is the model’s fourth incarnation. This latest generation was initially offered as a 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.5-litre-petrol engined model at its launch in September 2005, with other engine derivatives being offered later. The introduction of the 335i Touring, alongside the new twin-turbo 335d Touring, tops a range of cars that offers 10 different engine outputs, three gearbox choices and three trim options, plus a raft of technological optional equipment.

The majority of owners are aged between 36 and 55 with over half younger than 50, while approximately 80 per cent are expected to be male. Around 17 per cent of owners are self-employed while over 60 per cent are company directors or managers. Golf, rugby and skiing are their favourite sports.

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