Excellent engines; laudable fuel economy; lots of standard equipment; generous back seat; handy hatchback cargo area
Costs more than a 3 Series sedan; doesn't look or feel as sharp as the sedan
The 2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo receives no significant changes for this model year.
We're impressed by the 328i trim level'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 2015 3 Series Gran Turismo is offered in two trim levels: 328i and 335i.
The 328i ($42,800) 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 ($48,200) adds the 6-cylinder engine, 18-in alloy wheels and adaptive xenon headlights.
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, along with shadowline 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, a touchpad function for the iDrive controller and full smartphone integration with BMW apps.
Stand-alone options include M Sport brakes, adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system and a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
In terms of cargo capacity, the GT offers 18.4 cu ft. behind the rear seatbacks and 56.5 cu ft. with those seatbacks flipped forward. That puts the 3 Series GT neck-and-neck with the regular 3 Series wagon. A cool feature is the comfort access keyless entry system, which allows you to open or close 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|
2015 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon -- It's a tough call here. We have a soft spot for the wagon because it's gorgeous (and drives better), but you might go for the 3 Series GT because it has a roomier back seat. If you're partial to the 335i engine, note that it's unavailable in the Sports Wagon.
Used BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo -- If you like the unconventional concept of the 3 Series GT, the 5 Series GT gives you a more spacious cabin and an available twin-turbo V8. A certified pre-owned model might fall into your price range.