2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: This Is the Engine I'd Get
July 1, 2014
As you likely know, BMW offers two engines for the 328i Gran Turismo: the 240-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the 328i (like our car) or the 300-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the 335i Gran Turismo.
So which one to get? Well, I suppose my title has already given the answer away. But here are my reasons why.
First of all, BMW's 2.0-liter is a strong little mill. My fellow editors have already written some updates about this, including how it develops impressive four-cylinder power and has a nice sweet spot. Sure, you'll get marginally quicker acceleration in the 335i. But I've driven the 335i. Our 328i feels plenty quick already. I'm not pining for the 335i GT at all.
The eight-speed automatic is fantastic, too. It shifts quickly and unobtrusively and responds nicely to your gas pedal inputs. The manual shifting mode is excellent, too. Under full acceleration and using the shift paddles, the upshifts are so quick that they seem nearly as quick as those you get from an automated manual gearbox (BMW's DSG, for example).
Of course, you get better fuel economy with the 328i. EPA combined is 26 mpg combined compared to 24 mpg for the 335i.
Finally, there's the price. The 335i GT starts about $5,000 more than the 328i GT, or about $4,000 if you figure that the 335i comes standard with the 328i's optional xenon headlights.
On a lot of cars, I find myself recommending upgrade engines to car shoppers. But for this car, go with the 328i.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,062 miles