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


2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Multiple Personalities

April 18, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Depending on what drive setting you select, sport, normal or "Eco Pro," the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has very different personalities. In sport, I'm an impatient lane changer. In normal, I'm relaxed until I see some open road, then I explore the German heritage of this sport sedan. But when the freeways are clogged I'm a mellow Eco Pro guy.

This morning's 32-mile commute restricted me to a blazing top speed of 35 mph. So I switched into Eco Pro and watched my bonus miles begin to build. By the time I reached the office I had amassed a whopping 1.3 bonus miles. What, may you ask, are bonus miles?

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Finding the answer to this question was only a few clicks away. I discovered that not only is the owner's manual online, but it's easier to read than its bulky paper counterpart. I quickly got my answer. It appears that by driving in the torpid "Eco Pro" I had extended my range on this tank of gas by 1.3 miles. Frankly, I'm not sure it was worth it. But day in day out, it might add up to a real savings.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

Comments

  • ayao ayao Posts:

    I recently had a 328i rental and had a similar experience. The different modes change the car's personality in a very noticeable way. Sport was almost too hyper with the throttle mapping. One the other end of the spectrum, Eco Pro was really painful and really dulled the car, although I did knock out an indicated 40 MPG (!!!) on a rush hour largely highway commute (1 hour) ... like you I'm not entirely sure it was worth it.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    That's the beautiful thing about having choices. You can decide if it's worth it to you. Maybe on a long trip it would be OK with me--otherwise I would find the reduced throttle response in traffic annoying. A friend of mine set his car to 'Eco' mode permanently--only concerned with gas mileage, and just got used to the way the car operates in that mode.

  • bimmerjay bimmerjay Posts:

    I despise Eco Pro mode... I don't even really like Comfort. I leave it in Sport and customize it to relax the suspension - my car has the adaptive dampers. When I'm not on a highway slog or commuting I'll usually set the steering and suspension back to sport.

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