2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Room for People, Dogs and a Piñata
July 08, 2014
The trip requirements were as follows: Room for three people, a small weekend bag each and a whole heap of surprise party stuff. The latter included decorations, food and two boxes of booze — for the 15-plus attendees, not just the three in the car. Any number of our Edmunds long-term cars could get the job done, but as the journey would take us up into the mountains around Lake Arrowhead, California, a car of some athleticism was preferred.
Not surprisingly, this is exactly the type of journey this car was made for. With the exception of a piñata that rode rather comically in the empty rear seat (yes, a piñata), all our stuff fit in the trunk, including in the awesome contraband hold under the floor (pictured below). Plus, the GT's additional rear legroom compared to the regular 3 Series sedan or wagon provided abundant stretch-out space for the piñata's human companion.
After the weekend was over, with the consumables consumed, the decorations taken by someone else and the piñata dispatched to the great Mexican party store in the sky, the 3 Series GT's duty expanded to include picking up three dogs from their sitters. With Maggie in her admittedly useless dog seat, Nellie strapped into the middle and guest star French Bulldog Olive wheezing on her human's lap, we successful increased the GT's passenger capacity to six.
So while I'm still not sold on the GT's styling or its appeal over the wagon, it's without question an excellent road trip car.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 12,700 miles