Excellent engines; laudable fuel economy; decent amount of standard equipment; noticeably larger back seat than a regular 3 Series; useful hatchback cargo area
Costs more than a 3 Series sedan and isn't quite as sharp
The previous year's 328i and 335i receive bigger engines to become the 330i and 340i. Both cars also have a redesigned rear bumper and taillights. The inventory of standard equipment encompasses full LED lighting and matte chrome exterior accents. The 340i model gets upgraded leather for its steering wheel. The options list grows to include wireless smartphone charging and Wi-Fi, plus adaptive LED headlights that move with the steering and incorporate automatic high beams. See the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo models for sale near you
As nice as the 4-cylinder engine is, there's something special about a BMW inline-6. If the budget can stand it, go for the better-equipped 340i. Here's a way of justifying it -- you bought the GT version because you need the bigger hauling capacity, so that extra muscle is absolutely necessary. Find a BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo for sale
The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo comes in 330i and 340i versions.
The 330i ($44,645) has 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting (including fog lights), rain-sensing wipers, heated/auto-dimming side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a power lift gate, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory, synthetic leather upholstery, paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 9-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in display.
The 340i ($50,345) adds the 6-cylinder engine, keyless entry/ignition, a foot-activated power lift gate, Nappa leather for the steering wheel, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and power lumbar adjustment for the front seats.
Some of the 340i's standard equipment is optional in the 330i.
There are also a number of packages. The Cold Weather package has heated seats front and rear, along with a heated steering wheel. The Luxury package brings leather upholstery, the choice of wood or metallic trim and nonsport front seats. The Dynamic Handling package contributes variable-ratio steering and an adaptive M suspension, while the Technology package adds a head-up display, an 8.8-in touchscreen, navigation, a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition, and full smartphone integration with BMW apps. There are two packages with extra safety equipment (see below).
The 3 Series GT provides 24.6 cu ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats and 56.8 cu ft. when those seats are flipped forward. Both figures outdo the wagon version of the 3 Series. One cool feature is the Comfort Access keyless entry system, which opens the lift gate when you wave a foot under the rear 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||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Audi Q5 -- The Q5 and the 3 Series GT are quite similar. Both are based on a luxury sedan (the A4, in the Audi's case), and the Q5 can move pretty well for a big vehicle.
2017 BMW 330i xDrive Sports Wagon -- Tough call here. The wagon drives better (and arguably looks better), but the 3 Series GT has a roomier back seat. If you must have the 340i engine, it's unavailable in the Sports Wagon.
2017 BMW X4 -- A compact crossover with a sloping roof that may or may not work better for you, styling-wise.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe -- More of an X4 rival, but it's a fine-looking thing.