2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test


2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Drives Like a 3 Series

March 27, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT

I wasn't sure what to make of a 3 Series version of BMW's rear-heavy-looking Gran Turismo experiment.

Then I took it through some twisty bits on California's famous Mulholland Drive.

So how did it perform?

Even with a wheelbase extended by 4.4 inches versus a regular 3 Series sedan, and fitted with standard all-wheel drive (or xDrive, in BMW-speak), the 328i GT handled pretty much like a normal 3 Series.

Meaning it was responsive, sure-footed and, yes, fun. In spite of the fact the all-season tires (Pirelli Cinturato P7s) on our long-term 328i GT seem particularly grip-less, squealing earlier than you'd expect.

That just means the action happens sooner and at lower speeds, and on a public road that's okay. With sharp steering fed to your hands through a thick leather-wrapped wheel, you can really toss this 3 Series GT around. Its initial desire to understeer can be controlled with throttle adjustments, and even though I didn't fully defeat the stability system (had it in the Sport Plus dynamic mode), it still allowed a degree of tail-out action exiting slow turns.

Like I said, unexpected fun.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 6,509 miles

Comments

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Drives Like a 3 Series, Looks Like a Crayon Left Under a Heat Lamp

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Drives Like a 3 Series, looks like something a burro would leave on the road.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Drives Like a 3 Series, looks like something a burro left in the road.

  • bodyshopboy bodyshopboy Posts:

    I'm curious about a comparison of the 3 series with the Dynamic Handling option that this car has and with just the standard suspension where sport mode just changes steering feel and transmission mapping. Thoughts?

  • davechapin davechapin Posts:

    ...looks like [non-permissible content removed]

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