Excellent engines; laudable fuel economy; lots of standard equipment; noticeably larger back seat; handy hatchback cargo area
Costs more than a 3 Series sedan and isn't quite as sharp
The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is an all-new model.
We're impressed by the 328i xDrive Gran Turismo's standard features. This is the rare BMW where customization may not even be necessary. It's not exactly a bargain, but you get a lot of kit for your cash. Find a BMW 3 Series for sale
The 2014 3 Series Gran Turismo is offered in two trim levels: 328i and 335i.
The 328i ($42,375) comes loaded with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, a power lift gate, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear outlets, 8-way power front seats with driver memory, synthetic leather upholstery, paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in display.
The 335i ($47,775) adds the 6-cylinder engine, 18-in alloy wheels and xenon headlights with LED accent lights.
Options start with three lines that are designed to add some character to your GT. The Luxury line includes flourishes such as interior wood trim, while the Sport line boasts a lower ride height, enveloping sport seats and high-gloss black exterior accents. The most elaborate is the M Sport line, which includes the lower ride height and sport seats plus shadow-line exterior trim and various M-themed styling enhancements.
There are also a number of traditional packages. The Cold Weather package, for example, brings heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Dynamic Handling package contributes variable-ratio steering and an adaptive M suspension, while the Technology package adds a head-up display, a navigation system with a touchpad and full smartphone integration with BMW apps.
Standalone options include M Sport brakes, adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system and a Harmon Kardon surround-sound audio system.
In terms of cargo capacity, the 3 Series GT provides 18.4 cu ft behind the rear seatbacks and 56.5 cu ft with those seatbacks flipped forward. Both figures actually outdo the wagon version of the 3 Series. A very cool feature is the Comfort Access keyless entry system, which allows you to open the lift gate simply by waving your foot under the bumper.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon -- Tough call here. We've got a soft spot for the wagon because it's gorgeous (and drives better), but you might go for the 3 Series GT because it's got a roomier back seat. If you're partial to the 335i engine, note that it's unavailable in the Sports Wagon.
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class -- The GLK also has sedan roots (the outgoing C-Class), and it's more carlike to drive than its boxy styling suggests.