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

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Plenty of Legroom, but Headroom Can Be Tight

July 04, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Part of the appeal of the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo is its longer wheelbase and body than the regular 3 Series sedan and wagon. BMW has put that extra length to use for expanding the amount of rear legroom and cargo space.

If you're an adult seated in back, you'll probably be impressed by the amount of space you have to stretch out your legs. It's excellent for any entry-level luxury car. At the same time, however, you could be disappointed in the amount of headroom the 3 GT has.

I've sat in the back of our 328i and I've been surprised by how my head rubs up against the headliner. I'm pretty normal for height, too, at 5-foot 10-inches tall. In order for my head to not touch the roof, I have to tilt it inwards. That's hardly comfortable.

Curiously, BMW's measurements for rear headroom are very similar for the 3 Series sedan, wagon and Gran Turismo. This is just my guess, but I think the issue is the pair of internal protrusions in the headliner (where the C-pillars are) that occur in the GT because of its hatchback's hinge mechanisms. They're right where your head would normally be if you're sitting in the rear outboard positions and take up a couple inches of space. I doubt they are factored into those headroom measurements.

There is a workaround, so to speak. If you scoot yourself inward just a couple inches, you'll clear the protrusions, and headroom goes back to normal. But the downside is that you've moved away from the door, so in all likelihood you won't be able to rest your outward arm on that door's armrest anymore.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Or you could sit in the middle seat but there goes the legroom advantage.

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