On a Swan Neck towbar, the towball is part of the neck of the towbar.
A swan neck towbar can look tidier on the vehicle because it is more compact and is less likely to set any reverse parking sensors off. We can not guarantee this as it is dependant on the bumper shape and location of the parking sensors. We would recommend the Detachable Swan Neck Towbar if your vehicle has parking sensors.
- Tidy and compact
- Compatible with ALKO Stabilisers
- Fits most clamp-on Cycle Carriers
- Unlikely to trigger parking sensors compared to a Flange Towbar, however we would recommend a Detachable Towbar instead
More about the BMW 3 Series Touring Estate
Renowned for its athletic style, the BMW 3 Series Touring boasts a sporty exterior that catches everyone's eye. The BMW emphasises its sporty appearance with a modern flat-front design, characteristic double kidney grille, and sophisticated front headlights.
Designed to get its driver comfortably from destination to destination, the BMW 3 Series boasts modern technologies. Equipped with the Driving Assistant Professional, the 3 Series helps the driver feel safe no matter how far the journey is. This safety feature includes Active Cruise Control, Front and Rear Park Distance Control and Parking Assistant.
The Active Cruise Control is an innovative kit that has a Stop & Go function; this helps protect the driver against collisions and gives warnings when it detects a cyclist or pedestrian. If the vehicle feels the need, a braking function will then be activated to avoid any collisions. The Active Cruise control function can also help with steering and lane control if required.
The Front and Rear Park Distance Control is the perfect aid for reaching your destination and being ready to park up. Using the vehicle reversing camera, you can confidently park without any need to look over your shoulders. The BMW's new Reversing Assistant function remembers the last 50m of your journey and can automatically steer and reverse. This also features the Surround View System, including Top View, Panorama View, Remote 3D, and a lateral parking aid.
If exploring is your thing, then the BMW Maps is the perfect addition to the BMW 3 Series Touring. There's no need to panic about getting lost as the Maps can be used during planning and preparation, even when driving and parking. The perfectly tuned feature allows the driver to feel confident about their chosen route, so they only need to worry about who is coming with them.
Whats my Towing Capacity?
The BMW 3 Series Touring has a towing capacity of around 1800KG, the perfect amount for adding a cycle carrier to the back of your vehicle. Due to the different models of the Touring Estate, we advise checking your towing capacity by referring to your VIN plate as the towing weights may vary on other models.
Which Towbar is best for my vehicle?
We list a fixed flange towbar, a fixed swan neck towbar and a detachable swan neck towbar for the BMW 3 Series Touring Estate.
If your vehicle is fitted with reverse parking sensors, we always advise opting for the detachable swan neck towbar, as this can easily be removed once towing has been completed. Depending on the location of the parking sensors, the Towbar can be detected, causing interference when reversing. The detachable Towbar also protects the vehicle's aesthetics as it is almost invisible once the towbar neck has been removed.
The fixed swan neck towbar is the perfect choice for those who don't wish to remove the Towbar but prefer the thinner style of Towbar. Due to the design of the Towbar, it is less likely to be detected by parking sensors when the vehicle is in reverse. The fixed swan neck has all the functions of the detachable swan neck towbar, excluding the option to remove the neck of the Towbar.
The fixed flange towbar is a chunkier style of Towbar that offers a backing plate to its driver. The backing plate allows bolt-on towing accessories to be fitted to the Towbar, which can be used simultaneously with the tow ball.
Will it need a bumper cut?
No bumper modification is required to fit any of the towbars to the BMW 3 Series Touring. However, this is just on the standard bumper; if your bumper model has been modified or has a different trim level, a cut may need to be made for the Towbar to be fitted. If you are unsure and would like further assistance, please contact our sales team for further information.