2014 BMW 3 Series GT Review: Car Reviews

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Expectantly capable, surprisingly

Mark Atkinson Apr. 12, Photos by BMW

When BMW revealed its to give the smaller 3 Series a Turismo derivative like its 5 brother, there were and protests about the end result. it share the divisive styling and dual-trunk system? Would Americans run in fear from a completely out of line to their


3. Pricing has yet to be but expect to pay a premium over the Sport Wagon.


The GT is 7.9-inches longer and taller than the new 3 Series Wagon and carryover sedan. importantly, its wheelbase is around longer than its more siblings. In fact, the GT shares the extended platform found the stretched 3 Series limousine exclusively for China.

The benefits 2.3 inches of increased rear-seat than in the Sports Wagon, makes the GT a more comfortable and package.

BMW claims 7 Series of headroom both front and and even for drivers well six feet tall, the cabin is no matter which seat in. The rear seatbacks are also for rake, although since the control sits above outside shoulder, it’s to use when you’re belted in


Fear not: the fifth is simple to use with no sign of the dual-opening system on the larger 5 GT. BMW used a foot-operated trunk like Ford does the C-Max and Escape, which is when your hands are

The cargo area is obviously than the sedan’s, but more it beats the Sport Wagon’s The GT offers 18.4 cu-ft – one more than the wagon – and expands to 56.5 cu-ft the 40/20/40-split rear seats The rear chairs easily forward with one pull of a handle, which is a simple, action without the risk of or actuators burning out over

Like every non-M the GT doesn’t carry a spare But the area under the cargo features a couple separated and room to stow the two-piece cargo shelf. Surprisingly, pneumatic strut supports the ‘floor’ to make finding much simpler.


Design-wise, the 3 GT is easily as a 3 Series variant from the and at first glance you’d be for thinking not much was changed in the However, the Gran Turismo has its own touches, like functional questionably styled) fender-mounted that allow the larger to be more aerodynamically efficient. first electrically adjustable spoiler does the same deploying at 70 mph to keep things stable at speed.

Drop back below 45 mph and retract automatically.

The cabin is recognizable as a BMW with a driver-oriented nice materials and expensive The front seats are easily and supportive, as was the steering wheel its secondary controls for the audio, control and menu systems.


The cars we got to play were 35i variants, meaning the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. a six-speed manual is available in markets, ours had BMW’s eight-speed automatic transmission power to the rear wheels.

An 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 241 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque complement the aforementioned upmarket Other markets will get all-wheel drive, but nothing’s for the US yet.

Under full the turbo-six sounds great. the plumbing muffles most of the noises. The official 0-62 mph km/h) run takes 5.4 seconds, the ‘four’ isn’t far behind at

The European curb weights are 3,680 lb for the 328i Gran and 3,800 for the 335i version, isn’t terrible given the biggest in the family.

Our 335i GT car is rated at 22 US mpg in the city and 38 on the highway (EU while the 328i version 28/44; we’ll have to until closer to its late-Summer in North America to get more figures. For comparison sake, the 328i and 335i are rated at mpg by the US EPA so we’d guess the larger, GT to at best match those realistic numbers.


To the 3 GT handles like a BMW, the car the same MacPherson struts up with a five-link setup out as its siblings and shares the same weight distribution. But the GT sits one higher than the sedan and Wagon to help with of entry.

Sport and M-Sport put the body 0.4 inches closer to the (meaning only a 0.6-inch gain), but also include adjustable suspension and larger The Driver Experience Control be standard on every model, and pre-programmed settings for comfort, sport plus and now Eco Pro. one not only adjusts spring but also steering effort, timing, throttle response and

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Eco Pro is the ‘green’ option that driven sensibly, seriously fuel mileage. There’s an option that gives you Eco Pro via the navigation system that’ll you use nearly 20 percent less gas by traffic tie-ups too.

Thankfully, the two-day test avoided the chaos of Palermo, largest city. But the routes and over the mountainous island extremely entertaining, The Gran is a great driving partner, well hiding its slightly driving height.

Our tester was loaded in M Sport trim, included 19-inch wheels summer performance tires. that the weather on the first day crept into the mid-40s, we reasonably close to having pucks instead of sticky The cold temps, along draining water rushing most every street, grit and dust onto the smooth roads, meant we speeds in check for most of the

Add in the occasionally suicidal Italian and keeping on our toes was a real

The GT is nimble enough to not get too fussed the roads or our driving. It features first electrically assisted and the final tuning is well Feedback is pretty good the steering wheel.

The car is easy to which when the roads and turn this much is key to enjoyment and safety. Also, the big brakes never felt too and only a couple occasions was ABS into play.

The automatic is well behaved too. On the occasion when we got caught someone not going balls-out, the drops two or three gears in a when the gas pedal is suddenly For more control, the optional paddles behind the steering came in handy, but with so gears and such a wide curve, they weren’t often.


While BMW announce pricing until this spring, there are a few assumptions that we can make. that the 5 GT is positioned above the when it comes to sticker it’d be safe to guess the 3 GT will hold the same against the 3 Series sedan and Wagon. Currently, the 328i has an MSRP of $36,850, while the announced 328i xDrive Wagon will be $41,450. be surprised at starting prices of for the 328i Gran Turismo.

since the 335i sedan at $43,150, the equivalent GT will run close to $50,000. And no, there be a 335i Sport Wagon at so if you’re looking for the turbo-six more space than the the Gran Turismo would be only option.

BMW will the 3 GT in three different ‘lines’ have unique wheel exterior trim treatments, and accents. There will be which is the chromier, more option with multi-spoke Sport, which has gloss-black accents and inside; and Modern, evokes lighter tones European furniture. Finally, the optional M-Sport package, gets a unique front larger wheels, and the ubiquitous ‘M’ thrown around inside and

Like the 5 GT, the 3 Gran Turismo to have no real natural The Audi A4 Allroad features a raised ride height and room than the A4 sedan, but it to a different market and can’t the GT’s rear-seat spaciousness it’s also only with a 4-cylinder. Other luxury crossovers generally are taller or play the faux-off-road and in any case, BMW has a couple more tall wagons like the X1 and X3 with those other in mind.


Overall, the 3 GT like a much more product than its 5 GT cousin, and buyers should find to like. Even though its price is higher than its it is the largest, most flexible and 3 Series yet, which it’ll entertain you and your too.

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