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


2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Impressive Four-Cylinder Power

June 3, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

It doesn't look like much, especially with a healthy coat of dust on it, but the turbocharged 2.0-liter in our 2014 BMW 328i GT is a real piece of work.

It produces a strong punch off the line despite its small size and sounds good doing it. All those gears in the eight-speed transmission certainly help the cause. At higher engine speeds, it remains smooth and relatively quiet. Sure, one of BMW's legendary straight sixes is smoother and quieter, but this engine is as close as a four-cylinder is likely to get.

Best of all, there's plenty of power left up top for quick passes at highway speeds. So much so that I'm often left thinking that it's all the engine this car needs. If I were buying one I would have a hard time spending the extra cash for the 3.0-liter six.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,967 miles

Comments

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    @Ed-- When I test drove a 328 I came away with the impression that the car's powertrain preferred sedate driving and that to access real performance you had to almost floor the pedal. I figure that's just throttle tuning, but it turned me off. Do you find the same thing?

  • stever stever Posts:

    From [BMW](http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/technology/technology_guide/articles/adaptive_trans_management.html "BMW"): "Whether driving in city traffic or coming out of a curve at speed: Adaptive Transmission Management (ATM) recognizes your individual driving style and automatically selects the right gear at the right moment, eliminating unnecessary shifts." Maybe your test drive wasn't long enough for the ATM to adapt to your style?

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    we get a (non-sport) f30 loaner when we take our e90 to the dealer to get an oil change. my wife and i also came away with the impression that the car is lackadaisical in normal driving (and cheaper feeling inside). however, i finally figured out that there is a sport button that definitely livens things up. (i don't think a bmw should need a sport button.) the acceleration is there though, if you stomp on it. instant torque vs. the linear power delivery of the NA inline 6. > @darthbimmer said: > Ed-- When I test drove a 328 I came away with the impression that the car's powertrain preferred sedate driving and that to access real performance you had to almost floor the pedal. I figure that's just throttle tuning, but it turned me off. Do you find the same thing?

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    There is no way this engine makes only 240 hp. More like 300. It is way more powerful than the N52.

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    > @darthbimmer said: > Ed-- When I test drove a 328 I came away with the impression that the car's powertrain preferred sedate driving and that to access real performance you had to almost floor the pedal. I figure that's just throttle tuning, but it turned me off. Do you find the same thing? Hit the Sport button and you will be driving sideways in no time. In Sport mode the car is amazing.

  • miata52 miata52 Posts:

    My parents X3 has this engine. You're right...smooth and plenty of power. Only thing I don't care for is the injector noise at idle: it really sounds like a diesel.

  • north52 north52 Posts:

    Today we see so many engines with turbochargers. I have a concern about durability of today's turbos - a decade or more in the past many of the carmakers admitted that the turbo was"an expendible item bolted to the engine", and it would probably need occasional replacement. Turbochargers are a relatively expensive item. My question is: Does this statement still apply today? Are turbos any more reliable today? So, it might be more prudent to opt for the 3.0 liter six in this BMW!

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