2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Underfloor Storage, Cargo Space and the Sport Wagon
April 21, 2014
I needed a place to stash some hand tools in our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo. I really didn't want them loose in the cabin with me, as they'd be pretty nasty projectiles in the event of a crash.
When I ventured into the 328i GT's cargo area, I recalled that it is equipped with run-flat tires, which means there might be a handy place for a few loose tools back there.
I was more right than I expected.
The cargo area's floor access door is supported by a gas strut (sure, a little hook and tether would be fine, too). There are several voluminous storage bins beneath, perfect for exactly what I needed in this instance.
Using that as a segue, no discussion of the 3 Series Gran Turismo's cargo space is complete without addressing its stablemate. It's easy to be cynical about the idea of this car when the 3 Series Sport Wagon exists. The 3 Series Gran Turismo delivers less than one cubic foot of additional cargo volume over the wagon (this grows to 3.5 cubic feet with the seats folded), yet is larger and weighs 135 pounds more.
However, the Gran Turismo has a higher seating position, its much-longer wheelbase delivers far more backseat legroom and its base price is the same as that of the wagon. Much as I'm a wagon guy, I recognize that this is one of those horses-for-courses things.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor