2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Like the Interior Design
June 30, 2014
If you bought a 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo like our car, I suspect there's a good chance you'd be pretty pleased every time you took a seat and looked around at the GT's high quality interior.
Now, I'll say right up front that the color and trim combination in our 328i Gran Turismo isn't one that I would have selected if it were my car. The sporty aluminum metallic trim and blue accent highlights don't really seem to fit the relaxed, practical character of the car. (They would, however, fit quite naturally on a blue BMW 435i coupe, don't you think?)
But the good thing about BMW is that you can do a fair amount of customization. On the GT, there are three "Lines" to start from: Sport, Luxury and M Sport (the latter being selected for our car.) Each one has different exterior and interior trim and styling aspects. With Luxury, for instance, I think the saddle brown leather with the burled walnut trim would be pretty classy for a Gran Turismo. (Use the BMW configurator to check it out.)
Beyond that, I just like the aesthetics of the 3 Series design, including the classic BMW gauges, the gentle arc of the dash, the overall symmetry and how the large, fixed display screen doesn't seem like a tacked-on addition. The solid feel of the controls is another bonus. Overall, the interior says "luxury" to me, which is exactly what you want from this class of car.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,024 miles