2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: No Backup Camera? Really?
April 8, 2014
Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has many things.
It has a base price of $42,375. Our particular example has options such as the $2,200 Premium package and the $3,150 Technology package. This last one includes a hard-drive navigation system with a large color display.
It also has a big butt and rearward visibility that's worse than many SUVs.
Despite the large screen and the enlarged posterior, what our 2014 BMW 328i GT doesn't have is a backup camera.
To get one we'd have to spend another $950 on the Driver Assistance package, which bundles the rear camera with front and rear parking proximity sensors, active blind spot detection and side- and top-view cameras.
Seems to me the GT should come with a rear backup camera. Seeing out the back shouldn't be an option here, especially since the cameras are starting to come standard on cars that cost less than half as much as this one.
I suppose it's like Internet access at hotels. Cheap ones give it away for free while some five-star places charge as much per day as you pay at home for a full month.
This state of affairs won't persist past 2018, the point in time that the NHTSA backup camera mandate comes into full force on 100% of vehicles sold in the USA.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,774 miles