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


2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Like the Interior Design

June 30, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

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

Comments

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    I actually think the interior is one of the major weak links of the F30. As someone who had an E92 M3, the F30 just feels so much lower rent. All the plastics are rock hard, the switch gear feels flimsy, and forums are full of owners whose cars are displaying a symphony of rattles after less than 10,000 miles. The Audi A4 and MB C-Class both present a more convincing luxury vibe to me and both are 7+ years old. When the new ones come out the F30 is going to be totally outclassed.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    I'm not sure 'symmetry' applies to that interior. It is distinctly asymmetric.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Yeah, the 3-series GT looks nice on the inside. So did my parents' house when it was painted a garish yellow on the outside.

  • nagant nagant Posts:

    Wow, I could not disagree more. I think the design is bland yet garish at the same time...and that screen DOES look tacked on. And the 1990s called and wants its squished center stack design back. Why would they keep that dated climate/audio combo? It looks like they design every dash around it.

  • rwatson rwatson Posts:

    Nagant, I don't remember the 90s owning one particular design element. Germans are traditionalists for certain things. That's why BMW usually are recognizable from one interior to the next. Until just recently, the air vents were the same shape for at least 20 years.

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